Posted on March 14, 2017

Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) is participating in the 33rd GCC Traffic Week to demonstrate the healthcare sector’s commitment to road safety in Qatar and the region. This year’s GCC Traffic Week activities, which kicked off earlier this week at Darb Al Saai under the theme “Your Life is a Trust”, are being organized by the Qatar General Directorate of Traffic.

Mr. Ahmed Al Bakri, Operations Manager at HMC’s Ambulance Service said his organization is taking part in the week-long event by showcasing their latest state-of-the-art ambulances that are specially designed to safely move through traffic. “We are particularly thrilled to be part of the 33rd GCC Traffic Week as it serves as the right platform for us to further interact with members of the public about the vital services that we provide to the people of Qatar. While we want to get to any patient in need of urgent care as fast as possible, we are very mindful of our own safety and that of the patient being transported, as well as the safety of other road users. So we hope to be able to highlight this safety aspect of our work during the week,” he said.

He added that the Ambulance Service will also promote their ongoing public awareness campaigns – ‘know the 5 to save a life’ and ‘help us help you’ to further educate the public. “We will demonstrate to the public how to conduct basic first aid skills during daily presentations which will also feature lectures on how to stabilize a patient until an ambulance arrives and how to get help in case of an emergency,” Mr. Al Bakri added. 

HMC’s Geriatrics Department is also participating in the activities at Darb Al Saai to raise awareness about the risks to elderly people who may be suffering from dementia and the importance of road safety. Dr. Hanadi Khamis Al Hamad, Chairperson of the Geriatrics Department, explained the importance of family members being vigilant and checking on dementia-related symptoms that may impact a person’s driving ability. “We are offering free health checks at Darb Al Saai during GCC Traffic Week for anyone interested in seeing if their driving capabilities might be impaired due to health conditions. Our professional staff is on hand to provide free advice to visitors,” she said. 

The Hamad Injury Prevention Program of the Hamad Trauma Center will host ‘Road Safety for Children’ sessions with students at Darb Al Saai. In addition, an official delegation of senior police officers from GCC Traffic Ministries will visit HMC’s Hamad Trauma Center on 16 March to learn about the key features of the Center and about the Qatar National Trauma System. GCC Traffic Week provides an opportunity for GCC traffic officials to discuss and exchange their views and experiences about traffic safety. Thousands of delegates from the GCC, including families and school students, are expected to visit the event.