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Early detection helps Qatar maintain low COVID-19 mortality rate: Minister

Early detection helps Qatar maintain low COVID-19 mortality rate: Minister

Tribune News Network
Doha
Minister of Public Health HE Dr Hanan Mohamed Al Kuwari has reiterated that early detection of COVID-19 cases has helped Qatar maintain one of the lowest mortality rates in the world.
“Qatar’s strategy to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic relies heavily on community testing, tracing and quarantining in the effort to reduce the spread of the infection in our community,” the health minister said during a meeting of the COVID-19 Health Tactical Command Team on Saturday.
“Early identification of cases allows for earlier treatment which may prevent complications. This has helped Qatar maintain one of the lowest COVID-19 mortality rates in the world,” she said.
Dr Al Kuwari said, “As we battle against COVID-19, I would like to acknowledge the efforts of this team [COVID-19 Health Tactical Command Team] that are driven by the commitment to ensure the health and wellbeing of the people of Qatar.”
She said, “Adapting policy and procedures to meet the emerging needs of our population have been a strength of our country and healthcare system during this crisis. This is especially true in primary care which now offers numerous home visits, virtual consultations and drive-through testing options to support safe access to care while physical distancing.”
The health minister urged the high risk population and their families to use the first class virtual consultations, home visits and drive-through testing facilities.
During the meeting, the team provided an overview of the progress made so far, lessons learnt and plans moving forward.
The health minister was briefed on key areas, the expansion of testing facilities to protect the most vulnerable in the community.
With over 210,000 patients, 56 percent of citizens, swabbed to date, the team successfully expanded accessibility to testing via test and hold health centres, drive though facilities and more recently home healthcare. So far, 230, 833 virtual consultations have been delivered by the team.
The team also provided an overview on the development of quarantine facilities which have helped to significantly curb the spread of COVD-19, especially amongst the labor community.
The facilities have housed 17,699 guests in quarantine accommodation to date, with multi-disciplined teams coordinating the transportation, accommodation and screening of patients.
Dr Mariam Abdul Malik, Managing Director of Primary Health Care Corporation (PHCC), said, “On behalf of the team, I would like to thank HE Dr Hanan Mohamed Al Kuwari for her leadership and continued support in ensuring the work we deliver is of the highest standard.
“In the past few months, we have had to learn and develop faster than ever before. I am confident that we will continue to tackle challenges at hand with the same conviction and commitment to quality as we have done to date. We are proud of the progress we have made, looking forward that there are no grounds for complacency. We will continue to work closely with our communities in the battle against COVD-19.”
The health tactical command team, formed in April, is led by Dr Mariam Abdul Malik, managing director at PHCC. The team has both clinical and operational leads from MoPH, PHCC and HMC.
The team was set up to lead the strategic planning and implementation of quarantine facilities in Qatar, including capacity planning and management and developing policies and procedures relating to quarantine practices, whilst ensuring alignment with sector wide services.