The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Qatar Rail to implement the Wellness programme in the workplace.
The MoU was signed by Huda al-Katheeri, director of Strategic Planning and Performance, MoPH, and Abdulrahman Ali al-Malik, senior director of Quality, Safety, Health, Environment, Security Department at Qatar Rail. A total of 15 entities are now participants in the initiative.
This comes as part of the ongoing efforts of the MoPH to promote health awareness among the different segments of society on adopting healthy lifestyles and in line with Qatar National Vision 2030, to achieve the objectives of the National Health Strategy 2018-2022 and the Public Health Strategy of 2017-2022, as well as the objectives of the National Plan of Action for Nutrition and Physical Activity 2017-2022.
Dr Salah Abdulla Alyafei, acting manager, Health Promotion and Non-Communicable Diseases, MoPH, highlighted that the objectives of this programme are in alignment with the Public Health Strategy which supports the National Health Strategy for promoting the health of Qatar’s population and reducing the prevalence on non-communicable diseases.
The Wellness Programme in the workplace was launched by the MoPH in 2014. It aims at encouraging all employees of governmental and semi-governmental institutions to adopt and practise healthy lifestyle in their daily lives, to provide a healthy and safe environment for employees, and to correct some of their malpractices through early detection of risk factors for chronic non-communicable disease by measuring the rate of obesity, blood pressure, blood sugar and fat.
The programme is based on an integrated plan that includes needs assessment, a follow up comprehensive action plan in collaboration with the participating organisation, the implementation of the activities, and ongoing monitoring and a follow-up evaluation. The focus of the programme is on how to prevent chronic non-communicable diseases. This is achieved by focusing on healthy nutrition, physical activity in the work environment and outside. The programme also addresses cessation of tobacco consumption, alongside increasing the awareness of how to overcome daily stress.