A series of training workshops for health care professionals from the Primary Health Care Corporation has been launched to introduce the Primary Health Care Strategy for NCD through training its health care Professionals (Physicians, Nurses, Pharmacists, Dieticians, and Health Educators) on newly unified guidelines for NCD supported by Action on Diabetes. The first of 12 training workshops for health care professionals was held on October 18th 2014, with the remaining 11 scheduled to take place every Saturday until January 10th 2015. The sessions will start at 8:00am and run until 2:00pm.
The Primary Health Care Corporation newly adopted NCD guidelines highlight the importance of consolidating the advice and counsel given to patients in all healthcare centres and members of the community. For example Diabetes is one of Qatar’s greatest health challenges and is estimated to affect 16.7% of citizens (according to the 2012 Qatar STEPwise report). The introduction of the new training workshops is a key part of the strategy being implemented to improve medical care offered to people living with diabetes.
Commenting on the new guidelines, Herluf Thomsen, programme manager of Action on Diabetes, said: “Action on Diabetes has pioneered a number of initiatives to help tackle the diabetes problem in Qatar, from training programmes and mobile clinics to awareness campaigns. A number of these programmes are aimed at educating members of the community on the nature of the condition and its management. Five experts from Primary Health Care Corporation and Hamad Medical Corporation will oversee the training sessions. Each training session will train around 35 doctors on the new guidelines, ensuring it is ingrained in their consultancy for patients in all of the primary healthcare centres in Qatar.
Dr. Samya Ahmed Al Abdulla, Regional Director & Sr. Consultant, Family Medicine, lead of NCD strategy implementation working group from the primary health care centre says: “From a healthcare perspective, Non Communicable diseases especially diabetes is one of the biggest challenges facing the State of Qatar and as a result, there are many initiatives being implemented to control it including National Primary Health Care Strategy which has 3 objectives:
- Improve Access to NCD Clinics and increasing their numbers.
- Development of Clinical Guidelines for DM, HT, Dyslipidimia, Asthma &CAD, and training of primary health care Professionals (Physicians, Nurses, Pharmacists, Dieticians, and Health Educators) on it through a set of workshops.
- Diabetes Disease Registry Established at HCs.
The new training sessions are part of a wider awareness programme being led by Primary Health Care Corporation and Action on Diabetes in their goal to prevent the condition and limit spread of NCDs.