HE Dr. Hanan Mohamed Al Kuwari, Minister of Public Health, confirmed that the health sector in the State of Qatar receives great attention and priority from the wise leadership of His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, Emir of Qatar. During the inauguration of the Middle East Forum for Quality and Safety in Healthcare 2023 today, Her Excellency indicated that the State of Qatar was in a good position to successfully face challenges such as the Corona (Covid-19) pandemic, and the Qatar National Vision 2030 helped to strive for excellence in providing health care to all. Who lives in the country to promote the health and well-being of the population. She pointed out that the State of Qatar, under the leadership of His Highness the Emir, also attaches great importance to global health security, through Qatari relief programs for countries going through crises such as the recent earthquakes that occurred in Turkey and Syria. The Minister of Public Health praised the ability of the health care sector to respond against the outbreak of the Corona virus (Covid-19), explaining that by working together across the health care system, and in cooperation with community members, the health care teams in the State of Qatar were able to achieve the lowest death rates due to infection with the Coronavirus (Covid-19), and achieving the highest rates of vaccination against the virus in the world. Her Excellency also spoke about the contribution of the healthcare sector to the FIFA,Football,Soccer,Football,Soccer World Cup Qatar 2022, saying: "The State of Qatar hosted a truly remarkable tournament that was widely praised as the greatest tournament ever, after 12 years of planning and preparation under the vision and guidance of the wise leadership. Many sectors in the State of Qatar played an important role in the success of the tournament, as we as a healthcare system were at the forefront of these efforts". She explained that planning and preparing for the comprehensive strategy for the FIFA,Football,Soccer,Football,Soccer World Cup Qatar 2022 required a remarkable effort by health care teams from all parts of the health sector. Her Excellency indicated that although the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic and the World Cup made the past three years one of the most challenging times for health care personnel, the dedicated health care teams in the State of Qatar have made tremendous progress in improving and enhancing the quality of care provided through health system. The Middle East Forum for Quality and Safety in Healthcare 2023 will be held under the slogan: "Resilience of the health care system in unusual times"With the participation of more than 3,000 health care cadres through personal attendance, and with virtual participation (remotely), the forum is the largest conference of its kind in the region dedicated to the quality and safety of health care. HE the Minister of Public Health noted that the forum was convened in person for the first time since 2019, following the exceptional circumstances that forced the world to change many aspects of life, due to the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, which called for adaptation and doing work differently, and this is considered A great example of the health care system’s ability to adapt in exceptional circumstances. In her speech, Her Excellency highlighted many of the major achievements of the healthcare sector since 2020, including the opening of Aisha Bint Hamad Al-Attiyah Hospital, which is the second largest hospital in Hamad Medical Corporation in terms of size and capacity, which works to strengthen the network of public sector hospitals. In addition, 6 new and modern health centers were opened, bringing the total number of health centers affiliated to the Primary Health Care Corporation to 31, which works to improve the care provided to members of the community, in addition to obtaining the title of Healthy City by the World Health Organization for all eight municipalities in the State of Qatar. To become the first country in the world to achieve this achievement for all of its municipalities, in addition to similar awards for Qatar University and Education City. In addition, the Department of Geriatrics and Long-Term Care at Hamad Medical Corporation was awarded the title of a collaborating center with the World Health Organization for healthy aging and combating dementia, in addition to signing agreements for other collaborating centers with the World Health Organization, such as the Center for Disease Epidemiology Analysis at Weill Cornell Medicine in Qatar, which specializes in HIV. HIV/AIDS/, viral hepatitis, and the Collaborating Center with the World Health Organization for the Treatment of Tobacco Addiction at the Anti-Smoking Center of Hamad Medical Corporation. Also among the achievements that His Excellency the Minister of Health spoke about was the provision of a range of telehealth services and other virtual services across the public health sector, including the national mental health helpline, which makes access to care easier than ever before, and access Awarded Excellence in Patient-Centered Care by Planetary International in 5 health facilities of Hamad Medical Corporation, formally recognizing the highest levels of achievement in person-centered care. Four of the hospitals of Hamad Medical Corporation and Sidra Medicine were also ranked among the top 250 academic medical centers in the world, which confirms the extent of the health sector’s commitment to combining patient care, medical research and education to achieve the best results and experiences for patients. Her Excellency Dr. Hanan Mohammed Al-Kuwari said: Despite the achievement of these amazing achievements, there is a commitment to move forward continuously, as efforts will be focused during the year 2023 on implementing the new national health insurance program, and ensuring the continued leadership of the health care system in the State of Qatar in the field of quality and safety. In healthcare, providing services on par with the best health systems globally. It is noteworthy that the Middle East Forum focuses this year on the issue of the ability of the health care system to adapt in exceptional circumstances, and the program addresses five learning paths, including improvement science, patient-centered care, improving safety and value, service flow, leadership, flexibility and sustainability, and population health.
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