*Health minister visits Al Maha Child Center at Wakra Hospital

HE the Minister of Public Health Dr Hanan Mohamed al-Kuwari, visited the site of Hamad Medical Corporation’s (HMC) Al Maha Child Development and Rehabilitation Center at Wakra Hospital campus Wednesday.
Due to be completed in 2020, the purpose-built Al Maha Center will revolutionise paediatric care services for children with developmental, complex, and long-term healthcare needs.
Dr al-Kuwari and the accompanying delegation arrived at Wakra Hospital on board Doha Metro. The delegation departed from the White Palace metro station and visited Hamad Hospital metro station, located near Hamad General Hospital’s Emergency Department, on their way to Al Wakrah metro station. The delegation was received by Ajlan Eid al-Enazi, chief of Strategy and Business Development at Qatar Rail.
Noting the importance of the new centre, Dr al-Kuwari said: “I am extremely proud to be here to mark the start of the next phase of construction for the new Al Maha Center. It is critically important that we continue to offer the very best care and support to children with special healthcare needs by expanding and improving our services. Once open, this new facility will offer young people and their families the best possible specialist treatment and support. The facility is the first-of-its-kind in Qatar and will be one of the largest in the region.”
The facility will ensure that those receiving care will have access to high-quality care in a nurturing, relaxing and healing environment. The care provided at the new facility will be founded upon evidence-based principles, providing an integrated service model and family-centred approach. The vision for the Al Maha Center is to become an internationally recognised paediatric facility uniting a number of services, including specialised programmes such as early intervention care.
Once open, the new Al Maha Center will provide its young patients with a range of treatment and rehabilitation services including a gait lab, a life skills programme, music and art therapy classes, and a hydrotherapy pool. Although some of these services are currently available at HMC’s Qatar Rehabilitation Institute, it is the first time they will be offered under one roof to paediatric patients. 
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