With the beginning of the holy month of Ramadan, people with chronic diseases such as diabetes, kidney failure and heart disease have questions about their ability to fast.Consultants from Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) assert that determining the patient's suitability for fasting depends on the assessment of the patient's health by the attending physician.HMC Deputy Chief Medical Officer Prof Abdul Badi Abou Samra said that patients should consult the attending physician before they start fasting, in order to adjust the level of blood sugar and avoid any complications during the fasting period.The decision of the attending physician to fasting depends on the nature of the diabetes patient's condition.Prof Samra said that type 1 diabetes patients dependent on insulin treatment as well as pregnant women with diabetes are advised not to fast.However, type 2 diabetes patients who do not have heart and kidney complications can fast with some precautions, to be determined by the attending physician well before the beginning of Ramadan.It is also preferable to delay Suhoor meal as much as possible, and to drink more water between Suhoor and Iftar to avoid dehydration.Furthermore, for diabetes patients to fast safely, Prof Samra stresses the need to maintain sugar levels within the patient's safe rate of 80-180 mg/dl after breakfast, and to consistently eat Suhoor and Iftar meals, while delaying Suhoor as much as possible and drinking as much water between iftar and Suhoor to protect the kidneys.Stimulants such as tea, coffee and soft drinks must also be reduced as they contain diuretic caffeine, which exposes those fasting to the loss of large amounts of liquids.Post-Iftar exercise should be postponed to avoid seizures due to low blood sugar.Going to the mosque is part of the daily physical and sporting activity allowed for patients during Ramadan.It is necessary to ensure that blood sugar levels are checked several times a day, especially in the early days of fasting, as well as any time the patient feels the effects of having low blood sugar.For kidney patients, senior consultant and head of the HMC’s Nephrology Department Dr Hassan al-Malki classifies kidney patients who wish to fast during Ramadan into three categories, according to the degree of illness.He said that for acute renal deficiency patients, their health condition is critical and therefore they are prohibited from fasting until their kidney condition improves and returns to normal.Chronic kidney patients have different stages of nephropathy, and those with third-degree kidney disease and worse are advised not to fast.This is because the kidneys at this stage are unable to retain body fluids, which can cause severe deficiencies in their function, and may lead to significant kidney damage.Patients should refer to the attending physician to determine the extent of kidney damage and the likely impact of fasting.Patients who are undergoing haemodialysis to treat kidney failure will typically receive the treatment three times a week and cannot fast due to IV fluid intake during the procedure; however, patients can normally fast during days they are not undergoing hemodialysis.For peritoneal washing patients (abdominoplasty) performed by the patient himself at home, they cannot fast due to the presence of substances fed with washing fluid.Kidney transplant patients are advised not to fast due to the effect of low fluid on the transplanted kidneys and the need to take medication on a regular and timely basis.On the ability of cardiac patients to fast, senior consultant cardiologist and head of the Cardiology Department at Al Khor Hospital and associate professor at Qatar University’s College of Medicine, Dr Amar Salam, asserts that the incidence of various heart diseases such as cardiac crisis (clot), cardiac failure, irregular heart (atrial tremor) decrease during Ramadan.Incidences of cardiac failure and atrial trembling resulting from coronary artery failure are also lower.Ramadan fasting also increases beneficial cholesterol by 30-40%, which in turn protects heart arteries from LDL cholesterol deposits.Research has shown that fasting and its accompanying religious rites lead to self-tranquility and lowers excitement of the parasympathetic nervous system, resulting in lower blood pressure and heartbeat, which are good medical signals for most heart patients.Dr Salam said that the attending physician should be consulted several weeks before fasting begins, especially for patients with acute arterial deficiencies, to adjust the dates of taking the medication and receive the necessary instructions to avoid symptoms such as the sense of headache during fastingThe consumption of tea, coffee and other caffeinated drinks should be reduced five days before fasting, as well as foods containing high sugars and fatty substances should be avoided during Ramadan.For cardiac patients taking medication during Ramadan, Dr Salam said that the patient can take the medication at Iftar and again at Suhoor.For patients who take their medication three times a day, they have to see the competent doctor to replace it with a long-acting medication to be taken once or twice a day. – QNA
Primary Health Care Corporation (PHCC) has advised expectant mothers to perform physical activities, including exercise as they are main factors that contribute to building a healthy lifestyle for pregnant women.“Pregnant woman should consult their health centre doctor during pregnancy checkups to discuss the types of exercise and physical activity to perform during pregnancy,” said, Dr Hana Saleh, child and adolescent specialist at PHCC.Dr Saleh noted that any exercise programme for previously inactive pregnant women should start with low-intensity exercises such as walking, cycling or swimming for three days a week and then, they may increase it to five sessions or more.“Physical activity makes your pregnancy more enjoyable as it provides tremendous health benefits when performed on regular basis. Keeping a consistent workout routine is key, and over time, it can help pregnant women prevent certain diseases and reduce the risk of weight gain, obesity, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, osteoporosis, depression, etc. The good news is that pregnant women can keep exercising throughout their pregnancy, as WHO recommends that women who engage in physical activity should continue to do so,” noted, Dr Saleh.Nevertheless, a pregnant woman’s exercise must be agreed on with a healthcare professional, as some pregnant women may need to avoid high-intensity exercise or even stop performing some types of exercises completely for their safety and that of their unborn babies. Some cases must completely stop performing physical activities and immediately consult a specialist.Dr Saleh advised pregnant women to drink enough water and to always carry a bottle of water to drink before, during and after exercise, as well as avoiding extremely hot and humid places.She also warned against doing exercises that requires physical contact and dangerous sports such as martial arts, football, downhill skiing, or horseback riding to reduce the risk of abdominal injury and protect their unborn babies, as well as avoiding intense and extreme sports.“As the muscles and joints become loose during pregnancy, control your movements: avoid sudden movements and rapid changes in your direction. Extended warm-up and cool-down routine can reduce your risk of injury. Keep taking a deep breath and rest from time to time, and you will notice with time that you can control the situation. If you experience unusual symptoms, stop exercising and consult your doctor,” advised Dr Saleh.
The Primary Health Care Corporation (PHCC) has offered healthy tips for heart patients to fast safely during Ramadan. In fact, fasting is often beneficial for them. Lower food intake; abstaining from smoking; and the stress-reduced atmosphere associated with the Holy Month of Ramadan; will reduce heart disease risk in general, and also have a positive impact on people with heart conditions.Studies have shown that a heart patient with stable heart conditions who have no recurrent symptoms, such as chest pain or shortness of breath can fast normally during Ramadan. However, undoubtedly heart patients should consult their doctor. Patients should also consult their doctor on how their medication should be administered during Ramadan.“Some categories of heart patients must not fast for some health reasons. These represent patients who suffer from frequent chest pain and patients with ischemic heart failure who suffer from fatigue. Severe and shortness of breath, as he needs to take diuretics constantly, and heart attack patients who cannot usually fast during the six weeks following the occurrence of a heart attack,” explained, Dr Musa Basheer Mansour, consultant family medicine, PHCC’s Umm Ghuwailina Health Centre.Dr Mansour added that open heart surgery patients should not fast within the six weeks following surgery, as well as patients where the heart’s aortic valve is narrowed or inflamed, heart patients who are on blood thinners or anticoagulants, patients on malignant arrhythmia medications, and patients with heart conditions that require constant professional observation.Dr Mansour advised patients with heart problems to perform regular exercise as it helps them enjoy a better physical and mental health and fight disease by boosting immunity and reducing the risk of high blood pressure and heart attacks. He recommended walking for 30 minutes a day, preferably at least two hours after eating, and exercising for 10 minutes three times a day, while avoiding violent sports.Lack of exercise, however, leads to higher levels of blood sugar and cholesterol, fat metabolism disorder, weight gain, strokes, muscle weakness, osteoporosis, back and joint pain, weak immunity, low oxygen absorption, poor digestion, bronchial obstruction, chest congestion, and loss of vitality and energy.Dr. Mansour advised patients to avoid staying up late, quit smoking, take medicine as prescribed, avoid stress, and make sure to follow a healthy diet.
In keeping with Doha Healthcare Week and as part of Hamad Medical Corporation’s (HMC) ongoing ‘Qatar…It’s in Our Blood’ campaign, Mangalore Cultural Association (MCA) organised a blood donation camp at Beit Al Diyafa within the Hamad Medical City premises recently. More than 65 units of blood were donated to HMC blood bank from over 100 participants. Cajetan Neri Alphonso and Dr Ashwin D’Silva, the guests of honour, addressed the gathering during a short formal programme. MCA president Aloysius D’Souza, vice-president Sandeep Noronha, general secretary Gladson D’Almeida, advisor Wilfred Fernandes, honourary members Harry Lobo, Arthur Pais and Veena Pais along with officer-bearers of various Karnataka-based associations in Qatar too were present on the occasion.
In commemoration of September’s World Alzheimer's Month 2022, Alzheimer’s Indonesia Chapter Doha - Qatar (Alzi Doha) held an event titled 'The Journey of Caring' at the Indonesian embassy on October 7. The activity was led by Alzi Doha chairperson Dr Ken Lestariyani Sulis, in collaboration with the embassy. In his speech, Indonesian ambassador Ridwan Hassan, quoted a study from Alzheimer’s Disease International which revealed that every three seconds one person in the world develops dementia. "In Indonesia, it is estimated that there were around 1.2mn people with dementia in 2016, which will increase to 2mn in 2030 and 4mn in 2050," he explained. The talk show featured Dr Mani Chandran, a senior consultant geriatric psychiatrist from Hamad Medical Corporation, representing Dr Hanadi al-Hamad (medical director of Rumaillah Hospital and the Qatar Institute of Rehabilitation as well as the WHO Focal Point of Global Dementia Observatory and Healthy Ageing). Dr Chandran explained that there are at least 10 ways to reduce the risk of dementia. Some of these include being physically active, making healthy habit food choices, reducing stress, and continuously challenging the brain by learning something new. The event was also attended by D Y Suharya, the founder of Alzheimer's Indonesia and regional director Asia Pacific Alzheimer’s Disease International who has recently been acknowledged as UN Decade Healthy Ageing 50 Leaders. Sharing her experience in caring for family members with dementia, Suharya said it is very important to spread the message, "do not underestimate memory loss" to increase public awareness about Alzheimer's disease. She also encouraged everyone to join Alzi Doha’s upcoming activities ranging from early diagnosis, support group and educational sessions in future collaborations with other partners in Doha. Alzi Doha chairperson Dr Sulis lauded the participation of young volunteers from the Indonesian Student Association in Qatar and remarked that youth engagement and inter-generational collaboration has always been promoted by Alzheimer’s Indonesia since 2016. The event also featured a Brain Gym session as a form of brain stimulation to reduce the risk of dementia and Alzheimer's .
A free medical camp, organised by the CIC Wakra Zone in collaboration with Allevia Medical Centre at Allevia Clinic in Meshaf, benefited more than 500 low-income workers. A team of 12 doctors and paramedical staff and about 60 CIC volunteers served in the camp. Necessary medicines were also distributed free of cost. In her inaugural address, Wakra Health Centre director Dr Amina Ibrahim Fakhru said such camps play a great role in helping different communities to co-operate with each other and to set a noble example of mutual love. "Vedic teachings inspire us to do the same," she added. In his presidential address, CIC acting president K C Abdullatif said 20 free medical camps have been organised by the forum in Qatar so far. Dr Abdul Wahid al-Mulla, chairman of the Cardio-Thoracic Surgery Department of Hamad Heart Hospital and a leading heart surgeon, said that through such camps, the conditions leading to heart-related diseases can be diagnosed in advance and necessary precautions taken. Sheikh Khalid bin Fahd al-Thani, office manager of Wakra Municipality managing director, lauded the initiative. Indian Cultural Centre president P N Baburajan, Indian Community Benevolent Forum president Vinod Nair and Al Wakra Hospital's senior medical manager Dr Mohamed Ayaz Khan offered felicitations. Dr Anwar Salih Kolikkad, who was selected as a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians in London, was presented a special award. Allevia Medical Centre psychiatrist Dr Tisha Rachel Jacob conducted an awareness class on ‘Mental health in families and kids’. CIC Wakra Zone president Mustafa Kavilkuth delivered the welcome address and vice-president Zakir Nadvi proposed the vote of thanks. CIC officials Yasir Illathodi, Mohamed Rafiq, Mohamed Ali, Abdul Basith, Ummer Sadiq, Rasheed Ahmed, Musheer Abdullah and K V Noorudhin were among those who led the camp.
DPS-Modern Indian School organised a session on ‘Basic First Aid and CPR Procedures’ for its drivers, conductors, and support staff members to equip them with essential skills needed to handle any emergency situation and to strengthen the safety of the students. Dr Aliya Fathima Hyderi Syeda, Asian Medical Centre, Al Wakra covered several aspects of first aid including preparedness for crisis management, techniques to recognise, prevent and respond to cardiovascular emergencies, Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), ways to deal with minor injuries, and to develop an ability to intervene correctly in emergency situations to save lives. The session was attended by 232 members of Transportation and Security Department.
Anglo-Swedish pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca and Switzerland’s Roche have announced a partnership to redefine the diagnosis and treatment of cancer care in the Middle East and North Africa. The partnership seeks to remove barriers to biomarker testing and expand access to precision medicines to improve patient outcomes in a region where cancer is expected to double by 2030. Cancer occurs due to genetic mutations that affect the way cells work and grow. Each person’s cancer is unique because mutations differ in type and number and between cancer types. Even people with the same type of cancer may require different treatment. Biomarker testing is a type of molecular or genetic testing that tracks changes in genes, proteins and other substances that provide critical information about tumors. This helps to track the evolution of tumors in cancer patients, enabling more targeted therapies and better chances of survival. Cancer patients can be tested at the time of diagnosis, recurrence, or progression. It allows healthcare practitioners to develop personalized treatment plans for patients; including targeted therapies and immunotherapies that are most appropriate for their specific cancer. Through this personalised approach, healthcare practitioners can get the right medicine to patients at the right time, treating them more effectively and minimizing side effects. “We have the opportunity to reverse the upward trajectory of cancer rates in the Middle East and North Africa by the harnessing breakthrough technologies of precision medicine such as biomarker testing. Through this partnership with Roche, we hope to support biomarker testing across different tumor types and cancer stages, starting with lung cancer. Our ambition is for patients to have access to timely, accurate information about the genetic mutations causing their specific cancer,” said Pelin Incesu, Area Vice President for the Middle East and Africa, AstraZeneca. “The increasing incidence of cancer in the Middle East gives new meaning to the importance of collaboration. We are proud to partner with AstraZeneca to continue redefining and strengthening the diagnosis and treatment of cancer in the region by leveraging the power of breakthrough technologies, like biomarker testing and personalized treatment plans, and ensuring all patients have access to the care they need and deserve. Together, we can help countless men, women, and children lead strong and healthy lives, not defined by cancer but by the endless possibilities they have ahead,” said Olfat Berro, Area Head Middle East, Roche Pharmaceuticals. The partnership focuses on the education and upskilling of health practitioners as well as raising public awareness. The first regional activity will be held on 7 September 2022 focused on lung cancer. The workshop will bring together pathologists, interventional radiologists, interventional pulmonologists, and thoracic surgeons. It aims to enhance laboratory tissue handling, improve molecular profiling, and support healthcare practitioners in identifying more patients who can benefit from targeted treatments.
Mangalore Cultural Association (MCA), Doha, hosted its first medical health camp in collaboration with Wellkins Medical Centre, Qatar. Considering the busy lifestyles of people, stressful work environments and a general tendency to ignore one’s health, MCA initiated the idea of hosting the medical camp, which was open to all. The free health check-up involved body mass index (BMI) calculation, blood pressure check, blood sugar test, HbA1c, lipid profile test, thyroid test as well as general medicine, dental, gynaecology consultation. The medical camp commenced at 7am on August 26 and continued until noon with 213 participants. A brief official programme was conducted at the health centre by Jovita Pereira. MCA president Aloysius DSouza welcomed all the participants. A memento and a plant were presented to Dr Sameer Moopan, chairman and managing director of Wellkins, as a token of gratitude by advisory member Wilfred Fernandes. Dr Moopen said he has a special affinity towards Mangalore as his medical journey began, 33 years ago, at Kasturba Medical College. Nikhil Joseph, chief operating officer of Wellkins, briefed the gathering on the various healthcare services offered at Wellkins. Joseph had been the point of contact from the planning stages of the medical camp. Dr Jacob Neil, specialist, internal medicine, and medical director at Wellkins, gave an informative talk on diabetes awareness. It served as a wake-up call for all to change their mindsets and lifestyle towards eating and preparing meals. In attendance were Subramanya Hebbagelu, vice-president of the Indian Cultural Centre; and Vinod Nair, president of the Indian Community Benevolent Forum, who also briefly addressed the gathering. Also present were the presidents and past presidents of various Karnataka associations. Sandeep Noronha, vice-president of MCA, proposed the vote of thanks. In a statement, MCA said it was grateful to Dr Moopan, Joseph, the Wellkins staff, doctors and nurses for facilitating the camp. "We also appreciate the volunteers and nurses for their time and contribution for the camp. The organisers received positive comments on the excellent execution of the camp," it added.
In commemoration of the 75th Indian Independence Day, expatriate forum ManithaNeya Kalachara Peravai (MKP Qatar) organised a free medical camp in association with the Indian Cultural Centre and Naseem Medical Centre C Ring Road branch. Over 200 people participated in the event that covered mental health awareness, general medicine, dental, vision test and blood pressure and blood sugar screening. Office-bearers of prominent Indian community organisations were present. The event was organised by MKP Qatar members Hussain, Yasin, Uwaiz, Nizar, Razak, Basha, Farmanullah, Ubais, Harfeen, Hakeem along with Naseem Medical Centre's Shameer and his team.
A free medical camp was organised by the Reyada Medical Centre in association with Aligarh Muslim University Alumni Association Qatar (AMUAAQ) recently as part of the celebrations for the 75th Year of India’s Independence. The camp was inaugurated by Indian ambassador Dr Deepak Mittal. More than 100 expatriates benefited from the medical services which included a wide range of blood tests to detect lifestyle diseases like hypertension, diabetes, kidney and liver function. The participants also underwent an ECG, a vision test and consulted with specialist doctors after they received their blood reports. An AMU-Reyada Med Card was also unveiled on the occasion. AMUAAQ officials Jawed Ahmad, Dr Nadeem Jilani, Dr Sikandar Iftab, Jamsheer Hamza and Reyada Healthcare managing director Jamsheer Hamza were among those present.
Charity and volunteering advocate Mega Cervantes and his friends came together for a 'Mega Wish' - an initiative to distribute water to people on the streets. Cervantes and his friends launched the initiative on June 24 by distributing a total of 1,050 bottles of water at a number of places, such as Al Mansoura, Al Sadd, Bin Omran, Bin Mahmoud, Madinat Khalifa and the Souq area from 9am-11am. The main objective is to hand out water to people the volunteers encounter on streets, such as construction workers, security guards, cleaners, food delivery riders, public vehicle drivers and bystanders waiting for public transportation. The summer campaign received assistance from Family Food Centre and McDonald's, the organisers said in a statement. 'Mega Wish' can be followed on YouTube @DtProduqtionOfficial and @SimplyMegabyheart, as well as on Instagram, @Mega_byheart
The Indian Cultural Centre (ICC) Women’s Forum presented a workshop themed 'Happy Feet, Happy Heart', an innovative experiment towards healthy living, at ICC Ashoka Hall recently. "Dancing and guided meditation have proven to have physical and mental benefits and are a great medium to de-stress and unwind. Hence, the objective of the workshop was to create a positive balance through mass dancing and guided meditation," a press statement noted. Three dance forms, each lasting 10 minutes, were presented to the participants - Bollywood style by team Emote Edition, zumba by Zumba Zashn and team, and folklore dance by Bhavna Sharma and her students. Some intensive dancing by the participating women was followed by a guided meditation session to calm their minds and help them control their thoughts. It was conducted by trainer Padmini Sundar. The event turned out to be refreshing and relaxing for the all women who were eager to participate and asked for more such events, the statement added. The event was inaugurated by chief guest Rajni Murthy, ICBF MC member, and Krishna Kumar, ICC general secretary, along with other committee members - Mohan Kumar, Kamala Thakur and Shwetha Koshti. The show was conceptualised and hosted by Sumaa Mahesh Gowda. Members of the community appreciated this initiative of the ICC Women’s Forum.
The Filipino Planning Engineers Association (FPEA), through the Committee on Social and Sports Development (CoSSD), organised a kick-off session recently with free yoga classes for distressed workers temporarily staying at the Philippine embassy shelter. The yoga session, which was led by certified yoga instructor Victoria Angelica, was attended by 20 women from the shelter, as well as FPEA president Susana O Nacario, second vice-president Aurora M Asda, CoSSD chairwoman Vanessa P Gallego, and its members. The programme was approved and appreciated by the Philippine embassy, particularly Labour Attache Adam Musa. He was delighted with FPEA’s initiative to promote physical and mental wellbeing through the techniques of meditation, movement, and breathing that is said to have a long-lasting health benefit. With the series of sporting events by FPEA, it is the advocacy of the organisation to inspire its members to be physically active and to maintain good mental health which promotes greater productivity at work. The first session was well received by the ladies and provided great feedback on the benefits of yoga to their body and to look forward to the second session.
* QF partner guides students for FIRST Tech Challenge world championships A science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) expert from Texas A&M University at Qatar (Tamuq), a Qatar Foundation partner university, mentored middle and high school students for the FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) world championships held recently in Houston, Texas, US. These students were winners of the 2022 FTC Freight Frenzy Qatar Championship, hosted by Tamuq and Qatar National Library, under the support of the Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF) and the Ministry of Education and Higher Education. FTC is a robotics program for students in grades 7 through 12 in which teams design, build, code and operate advanced robots to play a themed floor game. This is the first time that Qatar was represented at the international level of this competition, which included participants from more than 40 countries. In 2020, Tamuq signed an agreement with FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) to host an annual contest in Qatar, and Tamuq’s STEM and robotics expert Dr Mohamed Gharib was named FIRST Program Delivery Partner in Qatar. Training sessions for both teachers and students were developed and delivered before the competition by Gharib at Tamuq in its STEM Hub, a joint initiative teaching space sponsored by QNRF. The teacher training was designed to prepare new FTC mentors in Qatar to help students develop science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) skills and practice engineering principles while realising the value of hard work, innovation and working as a team. Gharib said: “Being selected by FIRST as a Program Delivery Partner reflects the rapid progress and impact of Tamuq STEM and outreach team in the field of STEM education in Qatar. After the great success in developing the advanced robotics programs in Qatar, establishing the STEM Hub Robotics Club and leading Qatar teams in FIRST Global Challenge for the past few years, establishing the FIRST Tech Challenge in Qatar was essential in our team’s plan to spread the science of robotics in Qatar schools.” The 2022 theme for both the national and international competition was “Freight Frenzy,” in which teams explored the future of transportation. From the shipment of packages in rural and urban areas, to disaster relief delivery and high-tech air transit, teams reimagined faster, more reliable, inclusive and sustainable transportation innovations that better connect and grow communities and economies around the world. Gharib said: "I am also incredibly proud of our students who did exceptionally well at the world championships. We had the opportunity to meet many talented students, volunteers, and mentors and see some really interesting projects. I am positive that the experience provided a great learning and knowledge sharing platform for everyone.” Mohamed Bakri, a student at Tariq Bin Ziyad Secondary School and captain of Team Qatar, said: “It has been an inspirational journey: from participating and winning here, to representing Qatar at the world championships. Apart from the technical knowledge in engineering and robotics, we gained from our mentors at Texas A&M at Qatar, we also learned about the value of teamwork, time management and innovation, while also having a lot of fun.” Majida Timimi, director of STEAM and Practical Applications Programs at the Michael E DeBakey School at Qatar, said: “The FTC experience has provided DeBakey students with invaluable experience and understanding of robotics, engineering, teamwork, technology and innovation. This challenge would not have been possible without the leadership of Dr Gharib and his team at the STEM Hub of Texas A&M whose commitment to student learning is inspiring!” The organisers and students also expressed their gratitude to QNRF for their support, in hosting the national competition and for organising their participation in the event in Houston.
On occasion of 8th International Yoga Day, Barwa City Monday Activity Group (BCMAG) presented Musical Yoga in Indian Cultural Centre. Indian ambassador Dr Deepak Mittal's wife Dr Alpana was the chief guest. BCMAG, a voluntary organisation for health and wellbeing through yoga and breath control, was founded by Shalini Tiwari in 2014. The event saw experienced yoga practitioners Anvi Amit Joshi, Saachi Kaustubh Raut, Sushma Dalal, Rachana Amit Joshi, Vibhali Kaustubh Raut, Jonali Patowary, Parvinder Bhurji, Shivani Singhal, Prashiya Pushpan, Suman Agarwal, Shalini Tiwari and Pragathi Pachipala perform Musical Yoga.
International Yoga Day was celebrated at Podar Pearl School with great enthusiasm and zeal. An inter-house competition featured students of Tagore, Einstein, Aryabhata and Kalam houses presenting various yoga asanas under the guidance of physical education teachers Sreesha and Afsal. Principal Manjari Recriwal addressed the students highlighting the importance of yoga and its contribution to mental and physical well being. Kalam House secured the first position followed by Einstein House in the second position.
In connection with the 7th International Yoga Day celebrations, MES Indian School organised a demonstration featuring as many as 4,000 students from all sections. Habeeb Rahman (teacher, department of chemistry), Nazanin Nadaf and Rose Maria Jose (teachers, physical education department) demonstrated ‘yoga-asanas’ and exercises. Akbar Ali (head, physical education department), explained the perfect way of doing yoga and the benefits of each asana. Principal Hameeda Kadar inaugurated the Yoga Day celebrations.
The autobiographical work 'Brandhan Cellukalude Kanakku Pushthakam' (an account of cancer days) by cancer survivor Suhas Parakkandy, an Indian expatriate from the southern state of Kerala, has been released in Qatar. Non-Resident Keralites' Affairs (Norka) director C V Rappai handed over a copy of the book to Sanskriti Qatar president Ahmmed Kutty at a function at the Indian Cultural Centre (ICC). National Cancer Care Center and Research's (NCCCR) radiation oncologist Dr Sajukumar Divakar, ICC president P N Baburajan, Indian Community Benevolent Forum president Vinod Nair, Sanskriti general secretary Jaleel A Kavil, Kerala Muslim Cultural Centre president S A M Basheer, Qatar Indian Authors' Forum Secretary Hussain Kadannamanna, UNIQ president Mini Siby, HMC senior oncology nurse Suneethi Sunil, Dr Amanulla Vadakkangara and Radio Malayalam 98.6 marketing manager Noufal Abdhul Rahman were among those present. Dr Divakar and nurse Suneethi were felicitated with mementos and a golden shawl in honour of their services to cancer patients. The book was introduced by Biju P Mangalam. Dr Divakar shared his memories about the first meeting with Suhas as a patient, followed by the positive changes. Clinical nurse specialist Blessy delivered a heartwarming speech recollecting the tough times Suhas underwent while he had to use the ileostomy bag. She said Suhas was the only patient, she had seen in her service, to show a sustained self-assurance throughout the months he lived with an ileostomy bag. Suhas recalled the brilliance of the NCCCR team and the therapeutic and nursing brilliance at Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) that lent him a helping hand to get through the tough times during his cancer days, though the disease had spread from the rectal part to the liver. He underwent four major surgeries, chemotherapy, radiotherapy and nine months with the ileostomy bag. The cancer survivor attributed his recovery to the extensive care by the doctors and nurses of HMC. Sanskriti secretary Saltus Samuel proposed a vote of thanks. The book, earlier released in Kerala by noted writer K R Meera, has a preface by TV personality G S Pradeep and prologues by litterateurs Prof C P Aboobacker and Ashokan Charivil.
MES Indian School, Abu Hamour Branch observed the World No Tobacco Day by organising a series of activities to educate and sensitise students on the health risks of tobacco. MESIS health club conducted a silent awareness rally during the recess break. Inaugurated by principal Dr Mohamed Haneef, the rally saw students of Grade VI and VII spreading awareness about tobacco with placards highlighting the ill-effects of consuming tobacco in any form and its impact on the human body. The co-ordinators were Anu Manoj, Reshmi Girish and Sameena. The health club in-charges were Afna and Salima. In addition, the MESIS health club created an awareness video which was screened in all classrooms of Grade I to XI.