Project launched as Qatar is declared Healthiest Country in the World

DOHA, Qatar. 14 APRIL 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) –Living up to its billing as the Healthiest Country in the World through services provided to its citizens and residents, Qatar Prime Minister and Interior Minister H E Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani launched the Aunek Emergency Call Service  at an exhibition held as part of the 13thUN Crime Congress in Doha from 12 to 19 April 2015.

“Aunek allows the elderly and people with special needs and chronic diseases to immediately receive help,not only in case of medical emergencies but also in instances of danger and crime,” said Major Engr. Aref Hassan, Deputy Head of Technical Affairs, National Command Center.

An initiative of the Technical Affairs Department of the NCC at the Ministry of Interior,Aunek utilizes a small device — similar to a pager — to send a signal to the police, ambulance, hospitals and other concerned agencies just by pressing a button.

The signal instantly identifies the caller’s personal and medical information apart from his or her location, enabling a more focused and planned response from the concerned unit.

Aunek uses the functionalities of the Integrated Communication and Control System (ICCS) and Unified Geographical System (Najm) of the NCC. Najm won the best developed system during the Middle East Forum in 2012 and the Geographical Data and Excellence Award from American Systems Research Institute in 2013.

Qatar is one of the most networked-ready nations in the world.  According to the 2014 Global Information and Technology Report, Qatar currently ranks 23rd in the world and first among the Arab nations out of 148 developed and developing countries in Networked Readiness. Its  strongest area of performance was government usage of ICT, ranking 4th in the world.

The announcement of the Aunek service further highlights Qatar’s efforts to protect the health and safety of its residents.  The top rank it received recently as the Healthiest Country in the World was bestowed by 24/7 Wall St, a US-based on-line financial news and opinion company.

The global survey showed that Qatar has 7.7 physicians per 1,000 people, more than any other country.  It has a relatively low overall death rate of 1.4 deaths per 1,000 people.  Life expectancy in Qatar is 77.6 years (28th highest), infant mortality rate is only 7 per 1,000 live births (44th lowest) and health expenditure per capita is US$2,029 (25th highest).

The other countries in the Healthiest List, after Qatar, are Norway, Switzerland, Luxembourg,  Japan, Iceland, Austria, Singapore, Sweden and Australia).

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