Posted on October 19, 2017

Minister of Public Health H E Dr Hanan Mohamed Al Kuwari has said that 30 percent of smokers who quit smoking in 2016 through smoking cessation clinics succeeded in eliminating the habit in Qatar.

She said this while making a presentation in the World Health Summit, hosted in Berlin from October 15 to 17.  Dr. Al Kuwari, made an important presentation at the discussion session on health cities, saying that the State of Qatar, like other countries participating in the summit, faces a number of challenges related to lifestyle-related diseases, increasing their prevalence, environmental risk factors and increasing demand for health care. 

The minister also reviewed Qatar’s approach to implementing the Qatar National Vision 2030, which considers health and education to be one of the priorities of the country, stressing that the national vision is in line with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Plan 2030. “We will not be able to bring about changes and improvements in health and lifestyle issues through the development and implementation of the strategy and the health plan only, but we have to involve our society with us and get ideas from them and we are working on them to help us achieve success” Dr. Al Kuwari said, pointing out that the people of the State of Qatar are known for activity and spirit of participation.

Over the past decade, the goal of health issues has been to expand the scope of healthcare delivery in Qatar, H E Dr. Al Kuwari said, noting that public hospitals, new specialised hospitals and health care facilities have been established. Meanwhile, in terms of promoting the health of the population, the Minister noted that the “Start Now” campaign, which promotes healthy nutrition and physical activity has been a success.

The minister pointed out that one of the success stories, which was sponsored by the Ministry of the Interior, is the actions taken to reduce the incidence and death due to road accidents, and the adoption of better methods of road infrastructure planning in line with improved safety regulations, awareness campaigns and laws and regulations has led to a significant reduction in the number of road casualties over the past decade from 29 deaths per 100,000 population per year to only 7 cases, and this rate is similar to that in low-level European countries.

source: The Peninsula