Posted on August 10, 2015
Qatar Red Crescent (QRC) has continued to implement the first phase of its National Communicable Disease Prevention Campaign (Weqaya), funded and sponsored by the Supreme Council of Health (SCH). After the recent extension to target some additional 5,000 expatriate workers in Qatar.
 
During the Eid period, a QRC medical affairs team organized a health education and psychological support festival for the visitors of the Workers' Health Centers, managed and operated by QRC with funding from and under the supervision of the Supreme Council of Health (SCH). The event involved informative and training sessions about the basics of personal hygiene and infection prevention for a total of 1,000 expatriates visiting the Workers' Health Centers in the Industrial Area, Mamoura, Freej Abdelaziz, and Zekreet.
 
The target workers received useful information about the importance of applying health and personal hygiene standards, common communicable diseases and how to avoid them, and medical advice about health protection against workplace risks, such as sun strokes and heat exhaustion, and how to administer first aid for their colleagues who happen to suffer any such emergencies. The lecture was delivered in different languages to ensure full understanding of the presented information and guidance, which will reflect positively on the behavior of the audience.

After that, the workers received 1,000 hygiene kits, including tooth brushes, soap, and other personal hygiene items. The recipients were trained in how to best use these contents. The 1,000 participants appreciated the advice and information provided by QRC team and pledged to always utilize the acquired knowledge in their daily life. Co-launched in August 2013 by QRC and SCH, the three-year Weqaya campaign is intended mainly to improve health and safety among expatriate workers through educational lectures, awareness fliers, and personal hygiene kits.
 
Phase One was a great success, with lectures, workshops, and awareness courses for 10,000 workers from 40 companies and 21,000 visitors of the QRC-run and SCH-funded Workers' Health Centers. Moreover, the campaign distributed 5,000 hygiene kits, with training in how to use them, and 10,000 brochures and fliers on the most prevalent infections and health problems, such as Coronavirus, Ebola virus, influenza, tuberculosis, and heat exhaustion.
 
This prolonged programme is inspired by QRC's commitment to social development and health promotion in the Qatari society. With lower disease rates particularly among workers, there will be less demand on healthcare services and fewer sick leaves. This in turn will translate into shorter absenteeism and higher productivity, contributing to the ambitious economic and social development strategy under Qatar National Vision 2030.

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