- HMC’s WDD Events Focus on Early Detection as Prevention Strategy
- Nursing Leader Highlights Important Role of Qatari Nurses in Shaping Healthcare System
- HMC Organ Donation Center (Hiba) Honours Donors, Families and Supporters at Annual ‘Celebration of Life 2015’ Event
HMC’s WDD Events Focus on Early Detection as Prevention Strategy
Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) hosted a series of events during the month of November in recognition of World Diabetes Day (WDD), screening thousands across the country and raising awareness of how to better manage and prevent the disease.
Observed on 14 November, WDD was introduced by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) and the World Health Organization (WHO) in 1991 in response to the increase in incidence of diabetes around the world. The global awareness campaign is aimed at increasing understanding of diabetes risk factors and symptoms.
Manal Othman, Director of Diabetes Education at HMC, highlighted the importance of Raising awareness of diabetes through events such as World Diabetes Day to provide a platform for the spreading of messages about diabetes risk factors and symptoms and about the importance of good management as a strategy to help reduce the risk of complications for both type 1 and type 2 diabetics.
As part of the celebrations held in recognition of WDD, HMC hosted public screenings across the country, education programmes in schools and workshops for healthcare professionals. HMC also hosted a three-day multi-cultural healthy food expo, which was officially opened on 15 November and featured a variety of cuisines, providing patients, visitors and members of the public with the opportunity to learn about healthier dietary options from diabetes educators and dietitians. The expo also featured height, weight and BMI consultation and blood glucose screening. HMC staff were on hand to distribute 2016 diabetes calendars, diabetes identification cards, education materials and other giveaways.
For more information about diabetes, including how to make your pledge toward a healthier lifestyle, visit diabetes.hamad.qa.
Nursing Leader Highlights Important Role of Qatari Nurses in Shaping Healthcare System
Somaya Al Haidose, Assistant Executive Director of Nursing for Patient and Family Education said:
Qatari nurses bring a unique understanding and awareness of the local culture and the social and religious needs of Qatari patients and their families. They also help non-Qatari members of their team to understand the requirements of the Qatari population.’
As a Qatari nurse, who has been at HMC since 1996, Ms. Al Haidose has led the establishment of Hamad’s patient and family education service and continues to be responsible for steering its development. She also initiated the Corporate Patient and Family Education Committee which works to standardize patient education materials, ensuring they are of high quality, evidence-based and easy to understand for patients and their families.
The Patient and Family Education Department is responsible for implementing education and awareness programmes according to the needs of patients and their families, including providing training programmes for patient educators and nurses, and driving community health education initiatives.
HMC Organ Donation Center (Hiba) Honours Donors, Families and Supporters at Annual ‘Celebration of Life 2015’ Event
Hamad Medical Corporation’s (HMC) Organ Donation Center (Hiba) recently honored 41 organ donors and their families for giving the gift of life at the annual ‘Celebration of Life’ event, held at Sharq Village and Spa.
The event was attended by His Excellency Abdullah bin Khalid al Qahtani, Minister for Public Health and Hanan Al Kuwari Phd, HMC’s Managing Director and honored 33 living organ donors and the families of the eight deceased donors, for their contribution to the health of the nation and the organ donation program.
Seven Qatari organ transplant recipients who chose to have their transplant surgery in Qatar rather than going abroad during 2015 were also honoured. Supporters of the programme were also thanked for their contribution including Qatar Red Crescent and representatives of the 12 shopping malls who donated space for the organ donation campaign to share their message with the public.
Dr Yousef Al Maslamani, Director of HMC’s Qatar Center for Organ Transplantation said the organ donation programme has seen remarkable success in the past few years.
The greater number of organ donors has led to an increase in kidney transplant procedures as well as enabling new procedures to take place, such as liver transplants and paediatric kidney transplants.’
Mohammad Saad Al Rumaihi, a kidney transplant patient who received care at HGH, commended HMC’s efforts in the area of organ donation. He said HMC has succeeded in changing the views and perceptions of many Qatari patients who previously opted to travel overseas for their treatment and transplants.
Qatar Organ Donation Center (Hiba) Director Dr Riadh Fadhil said the Center had achieved its goal of doubling donor registrations to 100,000 this year.
For more information about Hamad Medical Corporation, visit their website or call 4439 5777.