*Health minister visits Covid-19 Surveillance Unit
World Health Organisation (WHO) director-general Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has lauded the efforts made by Qatar "to implement a comprehensive approach to control Covid-19".
In a tweet on Thursday, Dr Ghebreyesus said he had a "good call" with HE the Minister of Public Health Dr Hanan Mohamed al-Kuwari.
He congratulated her for His Highness the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani's leadership to contain the novel coronavirus and the efforts made to implement a comprehensive approach to suppress and control Covid-19.
Meanwhile, HE Dr al-Kuwari visited the Covid-19 Surveillance Unit amid the ongoing efforts to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus in Qatar, the MoPH tweeted on Thursday.
"The team at the Surveillance Unit, based at the Ministry of Public Health, has been continuously monitoring the epidemiological situation since the outbreak of Covid-19 in China. The unit is working to proactively identify people in Qatar who may have been in contact with confirmed cases of Covid-19," the MoPH said.
"Once identified, these people are placed under quarantine – to prevent possible further spread – and tested to determine their status," it added.
On Wednesday, HE the Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Sheikh Khalid bin Khalifa bin Abdulaziz al-Thani, who is also chairman of the Supreme Committee for Crisis Management, visited Hamad International Airport and directed the officials concerned to quickly implement the required measures for the health and safety of citizens and residents returning to Qatar.
The Prime Minister's visit and subsequent directives came after several observations were made regarding the completion of procedures for receiving citizens and residents returning to the country, including the procedures for transferring them to quarantine to protect them from Covid-19.