The Ministry of Public Health ( MoPH) has announced the launch of the annual vaccination campaign against tetanus, diphtheria, and whooping cough (Tdap) from mid-February in co-operation with the Ministry of Education and Higher Education and the Primary Health Care Corporation.This year the campaign aims to vaccinate high school students in independent, private, and public schools in Qatar.The campaign comes in line with the Qatar National Vision 2030 to improve the health of the population, and as part of MoPH’s efforts to enhance the immunity of male and female students at this age, and in implementation of the recommendations of the World Health Organisation to take the vaccine against tetanus, diphtheria and whooping cough every 10 years as a booster dose.Dr Hamad Eid al-Rumaihi, manager, Health Protection and Communicable Diseases Control Department MoPH, said: "The implementation of the vaccination campaign against Tdap annually aims to enhance the immunity of male and female students, against these three diseases. The World Health Organisation recommends that the vaccination against the three diseases should be taken every 10 years as a booster dose." He clarified that this comes within the framework of the periodic vaccination for adolescents and within the national immunisation schedule in Qatar.Dr al-Rumaihi added that tetanus, diphtheria, and whooping cough are not spread in Qatar due to high vaccination coverage. However, he emphasised that attention should be paid to the seriousness of the three diseases which may cause serious complications including death or total disability to the person infected.Mohamed Abdullah al-Maraghi, director, Health and Safety Department at the Ministry of Education and Higher Education, said that the annual campaign to vaccinate students against tetanus, diphtheria and whooping cough comes within the framework of continuous co-operation with MoPH.Dr Soha Albayat, head of Vaccination at ministry of public health stated: "The vaccine is not new, and it is part of the childhood vaccination programme, part of adolescent routine vaccination and it is a pre-entry requirement for most colleges both locally and internationally."
The Cabinet Wednesday approved in principle a draft law on nationalising jobs in the private sector and endorsed a draft Cabinet decision regarding the incentives, facilities and privileges granted under nationalisation of jobs in the private sector law.HE the Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Sheikh Khalid bin Khalifa bin Abdulaziz al-Thani chaired the Cabinet's regular meeting at its seat at the Amiri Diwan.Following the meeting, HE Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs said in a statement that according to the provisions of the draft, a Cabinet decision, based on a proposal by the Minister of Labour, determines the nationalised jobs in each of the work sectors, in light of the nationalisation plans and nationalisation rates in each of them.Also, a Cabinet decision, based on the Minister's proposal, determines, the incentives that may be granted to the entities subject to the provisions of this law, the facilities and privileges that may be granted to the entities that are committed to nationalisation rates, and the financial incentives that may be granted to Qatari workers in those entities.At the outset of the meeting, the Cabinet expressed the solidarity of Qatar and its sincere condolences to the government and people of the Republic of Turkiye and the Syrian people for the victims of the devastating earthquake that hit several Turkish and Syrian regions, wishing a speedy recovery for the injured.The Cabinet also reviewed the following issues and took the appropriate decisions in their regard:1- A draft agreement between the government of Qatar and the United Nations, regarding the arrangements for the 11th session of the Conference of the States Parties to the United Nations Convention against Corruption.2- Results of the 35th session of Arab Ministers of Transport.3- The results of the visit of HE the Minister of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs to the Republic of Turkiye and the United Kingdom.4- Outcomes of the 17th Regional Meeting for Asia, the Pacific and the Arab States on defining work priorities and promoting employment growth.Besides, the Cabinet listened to the presentation made by HE the Minister of Municipality on the Ministry's preparations to host the Horticultural Expo 2023 Doha from 10/2/2023 to 3/28/2024, and took the appropriate decision in this regard.
Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) announced the death of four personnel from its representation mission in Turkiye, who were operating in Syria, as a result of the devastating earthquakes that struck both countries on Monday.The deceased are Nisreen al-Hussein (psychosocial support professional at Salqin Clinic in Syria), Doaa Yasser Ramadan (health system support pharmacist in Syria), Mustafa al-Daghim (mobile clinic field officer at Al-Andalus Camp), and Mohannad Youssef al-Aali (driver in Azmarin town).Other personnel of the mission lost family members in Turkiye and Syria because of the earthquake-caused destruction of residential buildings in the affected areas, a QRCS statement explained.QRCS secretary-general Ali bin Hassan al-Hammadi expressed his deep sorrow for the devastation caused by the earthquake, and the thousands of casualties, including four employees of QRCS’ representation mission in Turkiye. He extended his condolences to the families of the deceased, the two sister National Societies, and the Turkish and Syrian nations in this painful affliction.Al-Hammadi said: “The tragedy affected some QRCS’ personnel working in Syria, as well as their families. To all of us, the agony is double, with the loss of dear colleagues who spared no effort to deliver humanitarian aid to the unfortunate people of Syria. Amid such an appalling tragedy, let’s pray for the deceased, the injured, the grieved nations, and all humanity”.According to him, QRCS would keep supporting the victims both in Syria and Turkiye, to relieve and help them overcome the ordeal.QRCS has already activated its emergency operations room and launched a $10mn fundraising campaign to provide more humanitarian aid. QRCS’ field personnel in northern Syria are currently distributing the first batch of emergency relief aid, consisting of 4,800 food parcels, for the benefit of the displaced Syrian families most affected by the quake.Pursuant to the directives of His Highness the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, ordering an airlift from Qatar to Turkiye, QRCS prepared its contingency stock of relief materials in Doha to be deployed to the affected areas, in co-operation with Qatar Amiri Air Force and Qatar Fund for Development.The emergency relief shipment contains 35 tonnes of aid items, including 2,250 heavy blankets, 2,750 light blankets, 1,000 jerrycans, 3,000 mosquito nets, 2,000 tarpaulins, 500 shelter maintenance kits, and 1,360 family hygiene kits.
A meeting between the delegations of Qatar and Bahrain was held at the headquarters of the Secretariat General of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Tuesday.Qatar's delegation at the meeting was chaired by HE the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Mohamed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani, whereas the Kingdom of Bahrain's delegation was headed by Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr Abdullatif bin Rashid al-Zayani.The meeting dealt with developing the necessary mechanisms and procedures to set the course for talks at the level of bilateral committees, in accordance with the Al Ula statement issued after the Al Ula Summit in Saudi Arabia on January 5, 2021, in order to end the pending special files between them.The two sides also stressed the importance of working together and cooperating between the two sisterly countries in a way that enhances their fraternal relations, achieves the aspirations of their peoples for security, stability and development, and supports GCC joint action.
Algerian first responders use dogs as they take part in the search and rescue operations in Syria's northern city of Aleppo, along with Syrian and Russian soldiers. Emergency units from the Spanish military too use trained dog to search for survivors buried under the rubble in Islahiye, a town in southern Turkey.
Newborn Syrian, who was found alive still tied by her umbilical cord to her dead mother, lies in the incubator at Afrin hospital. The infant is the sole survivor of her immediate family, the rest of whom were all killed when the 7.8-magnitude quake that struck Syria and neighbouring Turkey flattened the family home in the rebel-held town of Jandairis. AFP
Rescuers in the Turkish city of Adiyaman clear the rubble of a collapsed building as the search for survivors of Monday's deadly earthquake continue, moving into their second night. Workers use contruction tubing to move debris from the top of the mound as the daylight fades. The death toll of the 7.8-magnitude quake sits at 5,000 across Turkey and neighbouring Syria. AFP
A variety of activities are set to be organised throughout the year to promote relations between Qatar and Vietnam in different fields to mark the 30th anniversary of establishing diplomatic relations, Vietnam’s ambassador to Qatar Tran Duc Hung said Tuesday.Addressing a press conference at the embassy, he stressed that “over the past 30 years, Vietnam and Qatar have enjoyed excellent relations based on common faith and mutual interests”.The envoy said that Vietnam-Qatar relations have been nurtured and developed in various areas, with contacts and exchange of visits on various levels of leadership having cemented bilateral relations.“A number of agreements signed have created a legal framework to promote bilateral relations,” Tran said. “Economic co-operation has been developed with the two-way trade volume reaching approximately $500mn.”The ambassador said that the tour operators of both countries also held events to promote tourism.To mark the 30th anniversary of bilateral relations, the embassy of Vietnam will organise a variety of activities and cultural exchanges, including movie screening, photo exhibitions, art performance and food festivals, to be held simultaneously in both countries.The envoy noted that the embassy has supported Vietnamese enterprises to introduce Vietnamese products to the Qatar market.“We also connected the Qatar Investment Authority (QIA) with a number of leading Vietnamese enterprises,” Tran said“For example, Vietnam’s embassy has connected the QIA with Vingroup, a largest private conglomerate in Vietnam,” he elaborated. “The QIA has invested $300mn in a joint project with Vingroup.”“We also connected Hoa Phat Group, a major steel manufacturer in Vietnam, with Investment Promotion Agency of Qatar and QatarEnergy to study the possibility of building a $1bn steel factory in Qatar,” he added. “In addition, the embassy provided information about the Vietnamese market for a number of real estate and investment companies such as International Power Holding Group and International Development Holding Company.”“Vietnam is expected to export products such as rice, coffee, cashew nuts, seafood, textile and footwear to Qatar,” the envoy continued. “Despite its modest quantity and variety, I hope that this field of co-operation will be expanded in the coming years.”“Vietnam could be a good destination for Qatari investment in agriculture and food production,” Tran said. “Qatar is expected to invest in the building of factories for food manufacturing and processing.”He also noted that Qatar has become a popular destination for international sport events.“I am confident that with excellent experience of organising the FIFA World Cup 2022, Qatar will be successful in hosting the 2023 AFC Asian Cup,” Tran added.