The Ministry of Public Health, in collaboration with the World Health Organization’s Eastern Mediterranean Regional Office, have organized the first workshop of the training program for the second group of practitioners and other disciplines for occupational and environmental health. It will last five days and take place at the Millennium Hotel Doha. Experts from the World Health Organization Regional Office will train the second group, which consists of fifty doctors of HMC and primary health-care centers, health workers and Qatari Red Crescent.
Dr Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad Al Thani, Director of the Public Health Department of the Ministry of Public Health welcomed in his speech, delivered on his behalf by Dr Mohammed Ali Mohammed Al-Hajjaj, Head of the Ministry’s Occupational Health, the distinguished guests in the State of Qatar and praised the cooperation with the World Health Organization’s Eastern Mediterranean Regional Office, which sent five doctors and consultants in occupational health to implement the training program.
Dr Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad Al Thani pointed out that workers in many countries are dealing with hazardous manufacturing materials, indicating the urgent need to lessen these risks and that there are a number of countries moving to rework health systems based on the principles and values of primary health-care to deliver services and achieve maximum benefit at lower cost while ensuring high quality.
Lastly, Dr Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad Al Thani, pointed out the important role of doctors involved in the workshop, who contribute to report work injuries and diseases of occupations, noting the aspiration of Qatar’s health sector for an effective and strong partnership with the World Health Organization.
Dr Mohammed Al-Hajjaj, head of the Ministry’s Occupational Health, said that this training includes workshops and lectures with videos and studies of clinical cases, as participants have visited workplaces to identify potential problems and working conditions and how to avoid any possible errors by the worker or employer and reporting of these risks of injuries. Data will be linked through modern technology by the Ministry of Public Health website, to support efforts to make the workplace free of injuries and occupational diseases and deaths. Ministry of Public Health is also planning to conduct three other training workshops in 2016 – 2017.
The workshop aims to increase the number of occupational health specialists by training physicians in primary healt- care, develop the concept of maintaining the highest quality standards for health and safety in the workplace, and understand the role of the doctor in results management and prevention of occupational diseases and accidents on the environment. The growing international interest in occupational health comes due to the spread of manufacturing materials and modern production methods that affect human health and the environment. It is worth mentioning that the workshop is part of the Ministry of Public Health’s plans to provide better healthcare for workers in occupational, environmental, industrial, construction and economic activities and services, in order to improve workers’ health, and to execute the occupational health project as part of the National Health Strategy.