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Health ministry calls on public to use virtual medical services, employers to accept e-sick leave

Tribune News Network
Doha
All healthcare facilities in Qatar that can support virtual medical services will extend video or phone outpatient consultations for a “temporary period” as part of efforts to stop the spread of coronavirus.
The Ministry of Public Health on Sunday issued a circular in this regard, calling on the public to seek consultations without going to the hospital.
In an earlier announcement, the ministry said people feeling sick can dial 16 000 to have virtual consultation with a physician of any specialty. The hotline can also be used for getting medicines delivered to patients’ doorsteps and having sick leave issued electronically. 
It should be noted that the hotline, 16 000, also serves as a 24/7 call-centre service for all enquiries related to the COVID-19.
In Sunday’s circular, the ministry has also asked government and private employers to accept the electronic sick leave.
“All employers are kindly requested to accept this electronic form of the sick leaves that have an electronic signature from the treating physician, even without physical physicians’ signature or stamp. This sick leave can be further validated by the employer by using the same abovementioned link if needed,” the circular said.
“This process is mainly implemented in the Hamad Medical Corporation and Primary Healthcare Corporation. However, it is still applicable for any healthcare facilities using this type of healthcare delivery during this period facing the country,” the circular added.

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