HE the Minister of Public Health, Dr. Hanan Mohamed Al-Kuwari inaugurated the National Immunization Campaign against Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) on Monday 17th October.
The inauguration took place at Rawdet Al-Khail Health Centre, in the presence of and with participation from the Managing Director of Primary Health Care Corporation (PHCC), Dr. Mariam Abdulmalik, a number of top officials at the Ministry of the Public Health (MoPH) and Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC).
The Health Minister urged parents to vaccinate their children within the National Immunization Campaign against MMR, which started on Monday 17th October and will last for one month until 14th November, noting that the campaign aims to protect children from these infectious diseases which may cause dangerous health complications.
HE the Minister added “The campaign comes as part of the State of Qatar’s efforts to eradicate measles by 2020. Qatar is keen to provide a healthy environment, free from targeted diseases, through vaccination. In 1979, the National Immunization Programme was established and contained the latest and most efficient approved vaccines within the immunization programme for children and adults. The programme had a great impact on eradicating a number of infectious diseases in Qatar.”
Dr. Al-Kuwari pointed out that the campaign targets all children in the one to 13 years age group. Medical teams will be available in all schools across the state, while vaccination of below school-age children will be available at Primary Health Care Centres and a number of private health facilities.
The Minister commended the great concern of citizens and residents alike who communicated with MoPH to get more information about the vaccinations with an aim to ensure the health and safety of their children, which is our higher purpose.
The first day of the campaign has witnessed children vaccination in 18 independent and private schools, while the primary health care centres received the below school-age children. The vaccination will continue at the health centres throughout the campaign duration during morning and evening shifts, with no need for prior appointment.
For her part, the Managing Director of PHCC, Dr. Mariam Abdulmalik said “The PHCC, through constant coordination with MoPH, is playing a significant role in combatting all diseases via the various vaccination campaigns and by giving everyone the chance to be vaccinated against all types of infectious diseases.”
Dr. Abdulmalik added “PHCC participates in the National Immunization Campaign against MMR by providing the necessary vaccines for all children from the age of one year up to 13 years, in health centres and independent schools. That will be performed by steady and mobile teams comprising well-trained medical cadres (around 400 cadres) including physicians, nurses, pharmacists and various logistic support teams to ensure that all targeted groups are vaccinated.”
The immunization activities will continue in the immunization clinic of Hamad Medical Corporation, at QP (Qatar Petroleum) Medical Services, Al Khor Community Ras Gas and SIDRA Medical & Research center. Also, the vaccines will be provided free of charge in 20 private health facilities.
These facilities include Doha Clinic Hospital, El Emadi Hospital, American Hospital, Al Shefa Polyclinic, Aster Medical Center C ring road ( Al Muntaza ), Fetomaternal Medical Center, Al Esraa Polyclinic, Aster Medical Center Plus, Aster Medical Centre – Alkhor, Al Tai Medical Center, Syrian American Medical Center, Family Medical Center, Al Hayat Medical Center, Apollo Clinic, Dr. Maher Abbas Clinic, Al Mansoor Polyclinic, Dr. Bashar Bashar Clinic, ALKayyali Medical Center, Tadwai Medical Center, Atlas Medical Center and Future Medical Center.
The Ministry of Public Health receives enquiries about the campaign on the hotline numbers66740948 (for Arabic),66740951 (for English) and by email: firstname.lastname@example.org .
More details about the campaign are also available on MoPH’s website: www.moph.gov.qa .