HE Dr Hanan Mohamed Al Kuwari, Minister of Public health, visited two hospitals under Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) and met with senior officials who are leading the delivery of COVID-19 services.
HE Dr Al Kuwari was accompanied by Dr Muna Al Maslamani, Medical Director of the Communicable Disease Center (CDC) on her visit to the specialist hospital.
The minister was briefed on the centre’s ongoing treatment of patients with COVID-19 and met with infection control teams to discuss patient care protocols specifically designed to manage COVID-19 patients and their symptoms.
HE Dr Al Kuwari also inspected the new clinic at the CDC that has been established to collect blood plasma from patients who have recovered from COVID-19. This advanced service enables plasma to be collected from the recovered patients and then transfused into a COVID-19 positive patient currently undergoing treatment. The antibodies which has built up in the recovered patient’s plasma can help patients undergoing treatment to strengthen their resistance to the virus. During the visit to the new clinic, the minister met with a recovered patient who donated his plasma.
Following her visit to the CDC, HE Dr Al Kuwari also visited Qatar Rehabilitation Institute (QRI), where she met with Dr Hanadi Al Hamad, Medical Director of Rumailah Hospital and QRI.
The minister visited one of the hospital’s inpatient gyms to observe an exercise class being run for a small number of elderly inpatients. These classes are run regularly to ensure patients are kept active during this challenging time.
HE Dr Al Kuwari then joined Dr Al Hamad to take part in the Department of Geriatric’s regular telemedicine consultations. This new service was launched to enable elderly patients to receive consultations in the comfort of their own home, without the need to come to the hospital.
HE Dr Al Kuwari also joined the daily meeting of the System Wide Incident Command Committee, chaired by Dr Dr Saad Al Kaabi, to discuss the latest COVID-19 updates and plans for the ongoing healthcare response.
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