Posted on November 18, 2015

The Kulluna for Health and Safety campaign took its message of water safety in homes, pools and boats to the popular Qatar International Boat Show (QIBS) for the third year. The QIBS was held from 10-14 November, 2015 at the Lusail Marina and attracted thousands of visitors.

Kulluna is a national, health, safety and awareness campaign, founded by Hamad Medical Corporation’s (HMC) Hamad International Training Centre (HITC) with ConocoPhillips Qatar as the founding sponsor. Dr. Khalid Abdulnoor Saifeldeen, Director, HITC, said, “Sadly, water, a substance that many of us take for granted can also put children’s lives at risk under certain circumstances. Water-related accidents are unfortunate as they can be easily avoided. In less than two minutes, a child can drown in as little as five cubic centimeters of water.” 

“Spreading awareness about such facts and precautionary measures is the first step towards bringing the community together to create an accident-free environment,” Dr. Saifeldeen said. “Kulluna’s stand at the Qatar International Boat Show also provided information on how to perform CPR in case of drowning, as the first few moments after the accident are the most crucial and chances of survival increase after quick resuscitation,” he added.

Mr. Gary Sykes, ConocoPhillips Qatar President stated, “As founding sponsor of the Kulluna for Health and Safety campaign, taking part in the Qatar International Boat Show for the third consecutive year is something we are very proud of. Kulluna seizes every opportunity to raise awareness and ultimately save lives. Participation in such events proves Kulluna’s commitment to help as many people as possible to stay safe and healthy by equipping them with the right information and tools and the campaign has been very successful in doing so for hundreds of thousands of people in Qatar.”

In addition to this, Kulluna offered free health checkups for all visitors as part of its healthy heart campaign. The checkup includes tests for blood cholesterol, blood sugar, height, weight, blood pressure and body mass index (BMI). During the last three years, Kulluna has launched a number of campaigns addressing health and safety issues in the community.