The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH), in co-operation with the Ministry of Education and Higher Education and Hamad Medical Corporation and primary health care institutions, organised a workshop for 220 new nurses from public, private and community schools.
The training programme, according to a press statement by MoPH, was attended by supervisors of the World Health Organisation (WHO) accredited student growth schemes. It was held as part of the efforts to apply the new growth plans by the WHO for students between 5-19 years.
Nurses and supervisors attending the training programme
Dr Kholood al-Mutawa, head of the non-communicable disease section at the MoPH
The exercise was also a part of the four workshops, organised by MoPH to train nurses on how to use and apply the WHO’s new growth plans and early detection of malnutrition cases and overweight, underweight and growth problems in school students. The programme was aimed at providing the nurses with a database on student growth from both sexes, build a surveillance system to monitor the health status of students, especially overweight and obesity cases, and help them know how to record and retain health data of students from their profile within school's health clinic.
The workshops were held as part of Qatar National Nutrition and Physical Activity Action Plan 2017-2022. The action plan is aimed at reducing the burden of obesity and related chronic non-communicable diseases such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes and high blood pressure among Qatari community members and residents.
Dr Kholood al-Mutawa, head of the non-communicable disease section at the MoPH, said the new growth plans programme has been applied to all public schools in Qatar for the sixth consecutive year and for the fifth year in private and community schools. She added that the aim of the implementation of these schemes is to provide a database and build a system of monitoring and controlling the growth of school students in primary, preparatory and secondary levels.