Large medical complex to be opened soon in Industrial Area
May 08 2020 09:36 PM
Dr Abdullatif al-Khal
Dr Abdullatif al-Khal

A large medical complex is to be opened in the coming days to provide the residents of the Industrial Area with fast and free treatment, including emergency and outpatient clinics with different specialties and short stay, a top official and health care expert announced.
Dr Abdullatif al-Khal, co-chair of the National Pandemic Preparedness Committee at the MoPH and head of Infectious Diseases at Hamad Medical Corporation was addressing a press conference on Thursday evening.
To a question about the health measures taken in the Industrial Area after the decision to regulate entry and exit from the zone, Dr al-Khal explained that a number of measures were applied on three levels.


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Qatar’s Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) has contacted the company producing the new drug announced against the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) in the US in order to get it as soon as it is available commercially, a top official said.

Dr Abdullatif al-Khal, co-chair of the National Pandemic Preparedness Committee at the MoPH and head of Infectious Diseases at Hamad Medical Corporation explained that the new drug has been initially approved for use in severe cases of Covid-19 in the US and for research authorities to test it.

“The drug proved its effectiveness in reducing the period of symptoms to only five days, but it is yet to reduce the number of deaths,” he pointed out.


The first relates to public health such as early detection of infections and the investigation of contact cases and placing them under quarantine, and isolating the infected cases, which are continuous measures and considered an essential pillar to prevent the spread of the virus.
The second level relates to public hygiene and adherence to health principles that prevent infection from diseases in general, including viral diseases, and the Ministry of Public Health focuses on it, such as improving living conditions and health culture among workers, as well as conducting random and repeated checks to monitor the extent of the virus, which reflects the extent of the success of efforts to reduce the spread of the disease.
Dr al-Khal added that the third level concentrated in providing health services for residents and workers in the Industrial Area and the upcoming opening of a large medical complex is being done in this connection.
As part of the continuing precautionary and preventive measures against the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak, he reminded Qatar residents to stay home except in cases of necessity in order to avoid getting infected.
Dr al-Khal stressed the importance of wearing masks, washing hands and avoiding gatherings.
Only 1% of the Covid-19 patients in Qatar need intensive care and half of them does not need respirators, he explained.
Eight to 10 patients enter intensive care daily, most of whom are chronically ill with heart disease, diabetes, kidney disease and those who take chemotherapy and immunosuppressant medication, Dr al-Khal added.

Last updated: May 08 2020 09:38 PM

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