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Qatar committed to provide quality healthcare to all, says Dr Al Kuwari

Qatar committed to provide quality
healthcare to all, says Dr Al Kuwari

QNA
Doha
Minister of Public Health HE Dr Hanan Mohammed Al Kuwari has affirmed Qatar’s commitment to providing safe and high-quality care to the entire population.
This came during a virtual scientific conference on “Safe Care for the Mother and Newborn Care” organized by the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) to celebrate the 7th Qatar Patient Safety Week in solidarity with the World Patient Safety Day. About 2,200 participants attended the conference.
“The 7th Qatar Patient Safety Week confirms Qatar’s commitment to providing safe and high-quality care to the entire population. This year’s theme of Safe Maternal and Newborn Care is one of our priorities in the National Health Strategy 2018-2022, where we have identified healthy women leading to healthy pregnancies as one of the seven priority population groups within the strategy that is being implemented across the health sector,” Dr Al Kuwari said.
She pointed out that these plans are carefully designed to ensure that the existing services and resources are aligned, and that new services and resources are developed when needed, to best meet the needs of mothers and newborns.
Dr Al Kuwari stressed on the importance of raising awareness by all stakeholders on maternal and newborn safety issues, to help ensure safe and high-quality care for mothers and newborns.
The conference discussed many important topics, including key aspects of quality and safety during pregnancy and childbirth, risk management during periods of increased demand for healthcare services and lessons learned during COVID-19 pandemic. Besides the role of tele-health in reshaping healthcare delivery, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as the flexibility and sustainability of the health care system in light of the growing demand for health services also came up for discussion.
Director of the Strategic Planning and Performance Department at MoPH Huda Amer Al Katheeri said that almost two years have passed since the COVID-19 pandemic hit the world, which has been a challenging time for healthcare systems and has delayed the delivery of some basic health services in many countries around the world. Health care services for women and newborns were affected badly during the pandemic.
She stressed that Qatar Patient Safety Week aims to provide an opportunity for healthcare institutions to build partnerships, enhance all aspects of patient safety and address priority areas to provide high quality and safe healthcare to patients.
National Lead for healthy women leading to healthy pregnancies Dr Najat Khenyab said that comprehensive plans have been developed to improve services for women and children. The strategy aims to improve the ability to monitor the causes of obstetric complications, provide national protocols and guidance on maternity care, including infertility and caesarean section, provide midwifery care services and integrated maternity services at various stages of pregnancy, childbirth and after birth.
Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, Scotland, former President of the European Board and College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and International Consultant to UNFPA Dr Tahir Mahmood, spoke about the key aspects of quality in providing prenatal, during and postnatal care and improving women’s experience in maternity services. He clarified that improving women’s care requires a full-system approach in establishing the pillars of clinical governance in all care pathways.
On the occasion of 7th Qatar Patient Safety Week, the Ministry of Public Health launched a virtual awareness campaign aimed at raising awareness among healthcare providers and the public using various media platforms. Awareness messages were broadcasted on social media to raise awareness on patient safety and focus on the theme of this year’s celebration.
A survey was conducted on the level of satisfaction of the public on the virtual health services provided in Qatar during COVID-19 pandemic, in collaboration between the Ministry of Public Health and the World Innovation Summit for Health (WISH). Many cultural landmarks and public places in the country were also lit in orange color on September 17, representing solidarity with celebrating the World Patient Safety Day. This year, the orange color symbolizes the central role of patient safety in the countries’ efforts to achieve universal health coverage and maternity and neonatal safety.
Qatar’s Patient Safety Week is a national initiative launched by the Ministry of Public Health to raise awareness and spread patient safety concepts among all healthcare providers as well as the public in Qatar.