Posted on July 07, 2017

Medical supplies are available in sufficient quantities in the country as they have not been affected in any way by the blockade imposed on Qatar by its Gulf neighbours, a source at the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) has confirmed. According to a report in Al Watan newspaper, the source said all kinds of medications are available in pharmacies, hospitals and health centres.

The source added that the health sector has adopted a long-term strategy to provide adequate stocks of medical supplies and vital medications, especially those for chronic diseases. Top social media users have recently circulated pictures of Qatari medical supplies, urging residents to use them as an alternative to imported ones, such as ointments for burns and other medications for skin treatments and ulcers, assuring their support to local industries in all fields.

It is noteworthy that there are 19 medication importers and 14 agents in the country working to provide all types and supplies required for the private and public sectors. "The services provided by all Hamad Medical Corporation's (HMC) hospitals are running smoothly without any shortage of medical supplies or medications despite the blockade imposed on the country," Hamad al Khater, executive director of HMC's Corporate Communications Department and chairman of Higher Liaison Committee for Health Care had told Qatar News Agency (QNA).

Khater added that HMC has a supply of medications and other important medical supplies that can last for many months, adding that the Corporation would find new suppliers if some of the supply routes are inaccessible. He dismissed any possible risk to public health owing to any shortage of medications or medical supplies in Qatar, stressing that all HMC hospitals continue to provide the necessary services to patients regardless of their nationalities, including those from the countries which had imposed the unjust blockade. He further said if, however, any patient chooses to receive healthcare services elsewhere, the HMC would be ready to communicate with the new provider and give all the necessary medical documents and reports.

Dr Mariam Ali Abdulmalik, managing director of Primary Health Care Corporation (PHCC), has confirmed that all health centres continue to provide services as usual even in the face of the current circumstances, adding that the Corporation was committed to providing healthcare services to all residents of the country.

source: Qatar Tribune