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Siege notwithstanding, Qatar health
sector's growth is unparalleled: Khater

Siege notwithstanding, Qatar health <br/>sector's growth is unparalleled: Khater

Tribune News Network
Despite the ongoing unjust siege, Qatar's healthcare sector has experienced a remarkable year, said Ali al Khater, chair of the Ministry of Public Health's Healthcare Communications Committee and Chief Communications Officer at Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC).
He noted that the current rate of growth in services, facilities and staff across the healthcare sector is unparalleled.
He said the country has been successful in overcoming challenges posed by the blockade, adding that citizens have united in the face of adversity and the health sector has strengthened international partnerships to compensate for domestic opportunities interrupted by the blockade.
"Qatari nationals, guided by the wise leadership and direction of His Highness the Amir, united under the message that 'the blockade shall not deter us.' With a robust determination and resolution to challenging this blockade, we remained focused on our country's goals and have prospered," stated Khater.
Speaking about HMC's expansion during the last 12 months, Khater said the healthcare provider has witnessed tremendous activity, most notably the official opening of the new Medical City complex. The opening of the new state-of-the-art hospitals in Hamad Bin Khalifa Medical City by HH the Amir represented the biggest healthcare facility expansion in the region. Together, the Qatar Rehabilitation Institute, Ambulatory Care Center, and Women's Wellness and Research Center provide 500 new hospital beds and highly trained clinical and support staff, giving patients faster access to specialised care where and when they need it.
He added,"This year we also hosted the largest conference dedicated to healthcare quality improvement and patient safety in the Arab world the 6th Middle East Forum on Quality and Safety in Healthcare. With over 2,500 local and international healthcare professionals in attendance, the three-day event included sessions that highlight the latest and greatest things happening in healthcare quality improvement around the world. During the conference we also witnessed the official launch of the National Health Strategy 2018-2022 which centres on designing and delivering health services around patients, and most notably seven population groups that have specific needs, such as children, individuals with special needs and the elderly," stated Khater.
He added that this year also saw HMC win the Excellence Award in Health Operational Performance at the 19th annual forum of the Arab Hospitals Federation.
Besides, the last 12 months saw Qatar's health system being ranked 13th best in the world, and first in the Middle East, by the 2017 Legatum Prosperity Index. The annual index measures and ranks the health of people living in 149 countries.