Posted on April 12, 2014
Thousands of low-income Asian expats yesterday benefitted from medical services, including free consultation, diagnoses, medicines, opticals and health awareness programmes, organised as part of the 13th free medical camp at Tariq Bin Ziyad Independent School for Boys in Salata Jadeed.
 
The camp, by Indian Islamic Association Qatar (IIAQ), Indian Doctors Club (IDC) and Indian Medical Association’s Qatar Chapter (IMA), was attended by more than 5,000 people, including 2,000 pre-registered expats. Most beneficiaries were from India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Nepal who were screened for blood pressure, blood sugar and glaucoma, among others. Other services included distribution of free health cards and specs to deserving patients, clinical follow-up and periodical check-ups and assistance for deserving chronic patients.
 
The camp under the auspices of Supreme Council of Health (SCH), Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) and Primary Healthcare Corporation (PHCC) was sponsored by Ooredoo. Inaugurating the camp, Indian Ambassador Sanjiv Arora praised organisers’ efforts in the service of the needy. “The camp provides a chance to create health awareness, especially among workers who represent a large and important sector of the expat community” he added. 
 
Arora also praised Qatari authorities’ support and strong relations between both countries. He presented books on India to Hamad Mohammed Al Mannai, Director of the school, in appreciation of support by the school. Dr Sheikh Mohammed bin Jassim bin Hamad Al Thani, Director, Public Health, SCH, said authorities were pleased with the Indian community for taking care of the health of their people. K C Abdullatheef, President,  IIAQ, said the camp was a noble example of excellent relations between the Indian community, Qatari authorities and people. "Continuous support of government and non-governmental organisations such as SCH, PHCC, HMC and Ooredoo is the main factor behind the success of this annual event. Thousands of workers coming to Qatar every year are not aware of free health facilities here and repeated camps provide a chance to create this awareness.”

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On the camp’s activities, Dr Sameer Mooppan, Vice-President,  IDC and IMAQ, said more than 150 doctors from HMC, the private sector, IDC, Qatar Petroleum, Physiotherapy Forum Qatar,  among others, took part, along with more than 200 paramedics. Nasser Abdulla Al Obaidan, Executive Director, MD’s Office, PHCC, Abdulla Ali Al Khalaf, Director, Public Relations,  HMC, Fahad Al Ruwaili, Head of Community Affairs, the Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Marriam Yaseen Al Hammadi, Executive Director, Public Relations & Communications, PHCC, Major Ibrahim Mohd Al Sameeh, Secretary-General, Drugs and  Alcohol Protection Permanent Committee, and Dr Jassim Jabor Alkhuwaithir also spoke.
 
Eight lectures were delivered by officials from PHCC, QP Clinic, HMC, Aster and Al Safa, among others. Hamad Training Centre gave  a presentation on basic life support while the Traffic Department organised an awareness programme. Over 100 people donated blood at Mobile Blood Bank Unit of HMC and more than 120 signed agreements to donate organs. Children from Indian schools participated in an exhibition-competition on vector borne diseases spread by insects, a theme selected by World Health Organisation this year. Referrals will be provided to HMC or walk-in clinics if required.
 

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