Doha, – The Ministry of Public Health said that around half a million people received different in 2016, including seasonal flu vaccines and vaccinations for students.

The ministry’s Director of Health Protection and Communicable Disease Control Department Dr Hamad Eid Al-Rumaihi told the press today that the vaccines given today also included the ones for Hajj and Umrah. Other vaccinations were given to the elderly, pregnant women, and to children.

The director was speaking after the launch of a three-day workshop on the effective management of vaccines, organized by the ministry as part of its world immunization week. The event was organized in cooperation with the World Health Organization (WHO), Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC), Primary Healthcare Corporation (PHCC), Sidra Medical and Research Center, and QP Medical Services Department.

The director added that they implemented a program to monitor possible side effects of vaccines. He confirmed that the programme’s report confirmed that there were no reported side effects in Qatar. He added that 2017 have seen an early preparation for Al Hajj and Umrah, as vaccination began in April for those who will do Umrah in Ramadan. He said that all vaccines were available in PHCC’s medical centers.

Al Rumaihi stressed that the State of Qatar is committed to obtaining the best and safest kinds of vaccines in the world. He noted that flu vaccines for the coming winter season and for Hajj and Umrah will reach 160 thousand.

For his part, Director of Public Health at the Ministry of Public Health HE Sheikh Dr Mohammed Bin Hamad Al-Thani is working on reaching a 100 percent efficiency rate for its vaccines, which is prompting it to host training workshops for its cadres.

His Excellency noted that the National Health Strategy 2017-2022 include focusing on vaccines and their safety, as well as raising awareness on the importance of vaccination. His Excellency stressed that Qatar’s access to vaccines rate was higher than international averages, standing at 99 percent. His Excellency maintained that the ministry will continue working hard to reach a 100 percent access. (QNA)

Source: Qatar News Agency