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Health minister inaugurates MMR immunisation drive

Health minister inaugurates MMR immunisation drive

Tribune News Network
Minister of Public Health HE Dr Hanan Mohamed al Kuwari inaugurated the National Immunisation Campaign against Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) at Rawdat Al-Khail Health Centre on Monday.
The inauguration was attended by Managing Director of Primary Health Care Corporation (PHCC) Dr Mariam Abdulmalik, a number of top officials at the Ministry of the Public Health (MoPH), Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC).
The minister urged parents to vaccinate their children during the campaign which will last until November 14, noting that the campaign aims to protect children from the infectious diseases which may cause dangerous health complications.
She said,"The campaign is part of Qatar's efforts to eradicate measles by 2020. Qatar is keen on providing a healthy environment free from the targeted diseases through the vaccination. In 1979, the National Immunisation Programme was established and it contained the latest and most efficient approved vaccines within the immunisation programme for children and adults. The programme had a great impact on eradicating a number of infectious diseases in Qatar."
Dr Kuwari pointed out that the campaign targets all children from one year up to 13 years old, adding that medical teams will be available in all schools across the state, while the vaccination of below school-age children will be available at the primary health centres and a number of private health facilities.
The minister commended citizens and residents alike who communicated with MoPH to get more information about the vaccination with an aim to ensure health and safety of their children.
The first day of the campaign witnessed children vaccination in 18 independent and private schools, while the primary health care centres received the below-age children.
The vaccination will continue in the health centres throughout the campaign duration in the morning and evening shifts without any need for prior appointment.
On her part, Dr Abdulmalik said,"The PHCC, through constant coordination with MoPH, is playing a significant role in combating all the diseases via various vaccination campaigns and through giving the chance to all people to take the vaccines against all types of infectious diseases."
She added,"PHCC's participation in the National Immunisation Campaign against MMR will be through providing the necessary vaccines for all children in the health centres. That will be performed by steady and mobile teams comprising well-trained medical staff of around 400 personnel, including physicians, nursing, pharmacists and various logistic support teams, to ensure that all targeted groups take the vaccinations."
The activities will continue in the immunisation clinic of Hamad Medical Corporation, at Qatar Petroleum (QP) medical services, Al Khor community Ras Gas and Sidra Medical and Research Center. The vaccines will also be provided free of charge in 20 private health facilities.
The Ministry of Public Health receives enquiries about the campaign on the hotline numbers 66740948 (for Arabic), 66740951 (for English) and via the email: .
More details about the campaign are also available on MoPH's website:


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