Qatar has successfully overcome the repercussions of the siege on the pharmaceutical sector and is working hard to strengthen this sector through carefully studied measures, chairman of the medicines committee at Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) Abdullatif Al Khal told reporters on the sidelines of the pharmaceutical sector conference.
During the past year, Qatar spent around QR1.2bn on medicines used by HMC and the Primary Health Care Corporation (PHCC), he said, adding that this reflects its keenness on providing health services and medical care to citizens and residents.
Al Khal said that the national health strategy ensures the provision of high-quality healthcare free of charge for citizens and almost-free to residents in Qatar, pointing out that government health institutions receive daily tens of thousands of patients who receive high-quality medical care and the best medicines and drugs available in the world.
HMC and PHCC alone provide 14,500 prescriptions per day, or 40,000 medicines per day, while outpatient clinics alone give over 12,000 prescriptions, he said.
Al Khal pointed to the State's successful efforts in confronting the repercussions of the siege on the pharmaceutical sector as well as its plans to bolster this vital sector.
There is a new strategy, he added, to ensure the provision of sufficient medical stocks for at least 12 months instead of six months that was adopted before the blockade, reassuring citizens and residents that the pharmaceutical sector is strong and that all measures taken by the state succeeded in securing this sector to provide medicines at the same pace as before the siege or even better.
The chairman of the medicines committee stressed the importance of benefiting from the current conditions for building national capacities in the field of pharmaceutical industries and developing a strategy that responds to these aspirations.
The pharmaceutical sector conference, organised by Qatar University under the title "Medication Sector in Qatar: Hand in Hand Facing the Blockade", got underway on Friday.
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