Minister of Public Health takes part in 73rd World Health Assembly of the World Health Organization

Minister provides updates on Qatar’s COVID-19 status and measures

 

Her Excellency Dr. Hanan Mohamed Al Kuwari, Minister of Public Health, provided updates on Qatar’s COVID-19 status during the 73rd World Health Assembly of the World Health Organization.

Run virtually due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, the 73rd World Health Assembly was opened by Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization and discussed global efforts to confront COVID-19.

 

During her speech, H.E. Dr Al Kuwari explained that Qatar has addressed the COVID-19 threat with a whole government, whole society approach and that measures have been put in place across all sectors to protect the country’s population from the virus. Qatar is reporting high numbers of positive cases but Her Excellency explained that this is in great part due to Qatar’s intense testing policy and surveillance which have enabled the detection of a large number of positive cases.

 

Qatar has seen very few deaths among patients with COVID-19 and 94 percent of cases in Qatar are mild or asymptomatic, 5 percent require hospitalization and only 1 percent are admitted to Intensive Care Units.

The factors contributing to the low fatality rate include Qatar’s young population, the proactive surveillance and testing program, and an efficient and effective healthcare system which is diagnosing and treating patients early enough to reduce disease complications.

 

“Despite our focus on COVID-19, patients with other conditions have not been overlooked as the healthcare sector has rapidly transformed services across the system to deliver a range of virtual services to patients in the comfort and safety of their homes,” said H.E Dr. Al Kuwari.

 

She also highlighted how His Highness the Amir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, has recognized Qatar’s responsibility towards the global community. “His Highness has directed that all respective authorities and Qatar based institutions should provide all possible global support to the people and countries impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.”

 

As a result of this, Qatar Airways has carried around one million global citizens back to their home countries as well as repatriated thousands of travelers stranded by the coronavirus aviation shutdown through charter flights. Qatar Fund for Development has also provided around 132.5 tons of medical aid to 13 countries so far.

 

Source: Ministry of Public Health