The 19th Asian Medical Camp, held at PHCC’s Umm Al Seneem Health Center on Friday, June 9, witnessed a remarkable success with the participation of more than 3000 individuals who attended the camp from across Qatar. The camp was organized by the Center for Indian Community (CIC) in association with the Indian Doctors Club (IDC) for low-income laborers from the Asian community.
Dr. Samya Ahmed Al Abdullah, Executive Director of Operations at PHCC, inaugurated the camp on behalf of Dr. Mariam Ali Abdul Malik, Managing Director of PHCC, in the presence of ambassadors of Nepal and Sri Lanka, representatives of Ministry of Public Health (MoPH), Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC), Ministry of Labor, and Ministry of Interior. In addition to a host of prominent Qatari and Asian figures in the health sector and the head of CIC in Qatar.
With its superb organization and high turnout of beneficiaries, the camp’s organizers prepared large-scale facilities to receive more than 3,000 individuals who attended the camp from across Qatar throughout three shifts.
The camp provided free medical examinations, from 7am to 7pm, by more than 100 doctors and more than 100 nurses using modern facilities, and all necessary medicines were provided to eligible patients free of charge.
In her inaugural address, Dr. Al Abdullah said that the Asian Medical Camp is an exemplary service based on ‘prevention is better than cure’ concept, noting that it represents a golden opportunity to raise health awareness and urge the public to follow healthy lifestyles, as well as supporting those who suffer from any disease symptoms.
She added that PHCC is keen on community participation and partnerships with various parties, benefiting everyone and supporting the implementation of Qatar National Vision 2030, especially since the health sector finds full support and attention from state officials.
K C Abdul Latif, vice-chairman of the medical camp organizing committee, noted in his address the quality and excellence that the CIC has strived to maintain throughout previous camps, working to educate the largest number of low-income expatriates on the need for health care and medical services that Qatar provides to achieve health security. The camp also reflects an exemplary model of collaboration between the government and the community in the public interest.
Dr. Biju Gafoor, IDC president, shed light on the activities and events of the camp, while Dr. Amna Abdulla Al Ansari, Manager of Umm Al Seneem Health Center confirmed that the center’s state-of-the-art facilities were allocated to serve this camp and ensure to achieve its desired success.
Dr. Naresh Bikram Dhakal, Ambassador of Nepal; Mohamed Mafaz Mohideen, Ambassador of Sri Lanka; A P Manikantan, President of the Indian Cultural Center; and Qasim Abdul Rahman, President of CIC, and Camp Chairman, extended their congratulations and thanked attendees, supporters, guests, and visitors of the camp.
Other attendees who were also present included Dr. Hiyam Al Sada, PHCC Western Regional Director; Ahmad Mohamed Al Maliki, HMC Public Relations Assistant Executive Director; Ft-Lt Abdulaziz Al Muhannadi, Community Awareness Officer at the Community Police Department, Ministry of Interior; Dr. Abdul Wahid Al Mullah, Chairman of the Cardiothoracic Department at HMC; Dr. Jassim Sultan Al Emadi, General Director of Wijdan Cultural Center of the Ministry of Culture, and many others. Dr. Mahmoud Al Jaidah, Director of Medical Services at Qatar Energy.
Mohammad Al Meer, Labor Affairs Adviser at the Ministry of Labor, praised the efforts devoted to the organization of the camp. He noted that the smiles on the faces of the patients served as true testimonies to the effectiveness of such camps. He also promised to strengthen the cooperation of the Ministry of Labor to organize upcoming camps.
The camp’s main outcomes included the awareness and medical education lectures delivered by specialists in various fields of medicine: Dr. Mahesh Menon, Dr. Devi Krishna, Dr. Rishmi Gaurav, and Dr. Manishandran. The fields covered dental health, diagnosis of cancer in women, back and joint pain and treatment, dementia, and sexual diseases.
The camp offered services such as audiometry, ophthalmology, oral checkups, cholesterol, and sugar tests.
Collaborating with the camp were various organizations and institutions, including the Indian Pharmacists Association - Qatar, United Nurses of India - Qatar, Indian Physiotherapy Forum - Qatar, Qatar Diabetes Association, as well as various community activists and members from Nepal, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, and Bangladesh.