The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) Tuesday launched a new website providing local and visiting fans with a wide range of information related to FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 healthcare services and health advice.
Speaking to Qatar News Agency (QNA), chair of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Health Strategic Command Group, Dr Ahmed al-Mohamed, explained that throughout the tournament, healthcare teams from the MoPH, Hamad Medical Corporation, Primary Health Care Corporation, Aspetar, Sidra Medicine, Qatar Red Crescent Society, Qatar Armed Forces, Ministry of Interior and QatarEnergy Health Services will come together to deliver a wide range of medical and support services to teams, officials and specialised temporary workforce groups such as media agencies, as well as local and visiting fans.
Dr Ahmed al-Mohamed"The Ministry of Public Health is working with healthcare partners in Qatar to ensure easy access to medical services for football fans. Qatar's healthcare sector has expanded significantly in recent years and visiting fans will be able to access world-class medical services as and when needed," said Dr al-Mohamed.
"In the unfortunate event of a medical emergency such as a serious injury or illness, fans can call 999 to request rapid emergency support from Hamad Medical Corporation's Ambulance Service. Operating 24 hours a day, seven days a week, the Ambulance Service provides emergency support for life-threatening medical incidents and transfer to an appropriate hospital emergency department."
Ali Abdulla al-Khater"A key part of our healthcare strategy is to enable easy access to care and reduce the need for fans to visit hospitals for non-emergency care. To support this aim, we have set up medical clinics in football stadiums, fan zones and key accommodation sites run by public healthcare teams to ensure medical support is available in locations visited most frequently by fans. Qatar's advanced private healthcare sector will also play a significant role in providing medical services to visiting fans during the World Cup period, with multiple private healthcare providers operating 24-hour emergency and urgent care services. Additionally, four HMC hospitals have been assigned for walk-in patients requiring urgent but non-emergency medical care," added Dr al-Mohamed.
In remarks to QNA, chair of the Supreme Healthcare Communications Committee, Ali Abdulla al-Khater, explained that with more than 1mn fans expected to visit Qatar for the tournament, the ministry is working hard to ensure that everyone is aware of the healthcare services available and how to access them.
"The launch of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 fan information website provides an online resource for football fans to get to know Qatar's healthcare system and the multiple options available to them for medical support. The healthcare sector is proud to play its part in supporting Qatar's hosting of the FIFA World Cup and our dedicated medical teams have been working hard to ensure our plans and preparations are complete ahead of the tournament," said al-Khater.
"Between now and the start of the tournament, we will be delivering regular messaging to local and international football fans through multiple media platforms. In addition to details of medical services available throughout the FIFA World Cup, we are committed to supporting a safe and healthy tournament through the issuance of public health information, including food safety, sun and heat awareness, road safety and infection control measures. Details of all these important health areas can be found on the ministry's new website," added al-Khater.