Amir attaches great importance to healthcare sector: Minister Jul 15, 2020 0 6524 12345 QNADohaMinister of Public Health HE Dr Hanan Mohammed Al Kuwari has affirmed that His Highness The Amir of State of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani attaches great importance to the healthcare sector. The wonderful results achieved in this sector today are a direct result of HH The Amir’s wise vision of investing in the healthcare sector.The health minister made the remarks during her meeting with a group of cadres of intensive care units affiliated with Hamad Medical Corporation on Tuesday.Dr Al Kuwari said sufficient clinical capacity with intensive care units and high-quality treatment are the key elements that enable Qatar to manage the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.She said Qatar has the second lowest COVID-19 death rate in the world, despite the high incidence of the disease.“All components of the healthcare system in Qatar have worked since the beginning of the pandemic to ensure their ability to provide the best services,” she said.Qatar expanded the capacity of intensive care units to provide the necessary treatment for each patient who needs it without delay, she noted.The minister said the healthcare system in Qatar, with its efficiency, effectiveness and world-class level, made it possible to rapidly expand and reuse existing resources and facilities.“This helped us in providing 3,500 hospital beds and 700 beds in intensive care units for COVID-19 patients,” she said.Dr Al Kuwari praised all the intensive care unit teams at Hamad Medical Corporation hospitals, especially in Hazm Mebaireek General Hospital, for providing quality healthcare services to COVID-19 patients.She pointed out that the death rate among COVID-19 patients in intensive care units in Qatar was about 9 percent, compared to 35 percent in the most developed countries.In this context, Dr Al Kuwari appreciated the work done by the intensive care unit teams.Qatar has dealt with this pandemic decisively and effectively through the implementation of strict measures that helped contain the spread of this virus, she added.“We have all made great sacrifices, but it is important that we continue to adhere to the precautionary measures to protect the most vulnerable groups in our society. It is very important that we must ensure social distancing as well as continuing to wear masks,” she said. For his part, Dr Saad Al Kaabi, System Wide Incident Command Center (SWICC) Committee Chairman, said many employees worked behind the scenes to present a plan to ensure the provision of the best possible care.He pointed out that seven facilities have been dedicated for providing care to COVID-19 patients. The capacity and efficiency of critical and acute care services have been expanded through the hard work of all teams, he added.In turn, Dr Ahmed Al Muhammad, Head of Internal Medicine Department at Hamad Medical Corporation, said more than 1,370 patients infected with COVID-19 have been cared for in the intensive care units of Hamad Medical Corporation since last March.For his part, Dr Mohamed Khatib, Head of Critical Care and Chest Diseases Services at Hazm Mebaireek General Hospital, said the comprehensive plan to increase the clinical capacity has helped in meeting the growing demand.Hazm Mebaireek General Hospital -- the main hospital for COVID-19 patients -- has increased the clinical capacity of its intensive care unit from only 8 beds to 226 beds, and the unit has so far provided treatment to more than 1,180 patients. 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