In the framework of Qatar's efforts to combat coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak, HE Sheikh Thani bin Hamad al-Thani participated on Tuesday in the elderly telephone reassurance service, launched by Hamad Medical Corp (HMC). HMC prepared a plan to protect the elderly from the threats of coronavirus in co-operation with the World Health Organisation (WHO).
HE Sheikh Thani met with the teams working to provide services ranging from raising the awareness of the elderly to follow-up. He was briefed during his visit on the measures that are currently being implemented to face the coronavirus crisis. The National Lead for Healthy Ageing in Qatar, Medical Director of Rumailah Hospital, and Qatar Rehabilitation Institute Dr Hanadi al-Hamad participated in holding a number of calls to elderly patients to check on their physical, mental, and social health, as well as to ensure if they needed any kind of support.
HE Sheikh Thani was also briefed, during his visit to the Qatar Rehabilitation Center, on the virtual activities of the elderly clinic, which aims to create video and audio communication between the consulting physician present in his clinic and the elderly patients in their homes who have appointments at the outpatient clinic. The doctor examines the general condition of the patient through visual communication instead of the traditional clinical examination as part of the precautionary measures against the spread of coronavirus.
The clinic was met with a great response from patients and their families alike. During the visit to Qatar Rehabilitation Center, HE Sheikh Thani checked on a number of older people who were receiving treatment. He was updated on a number of rehabilitation sessions for older people using the video call technology. Al-Hamad thanked HE Sheikh Thani for the visit and said it represents a physiological boost to the older persons community.