Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) participated in the 33rd GCC Traffic Week to demonstrate the healthcare sector’s commitment to road safety in Qatar and the region.
This year’s GCC Traffic Week activities, which kicked off at Darb Al Saai under the theme ‘Your Life is a Trust’, were organised by the Qatar General Directorate of Traffic. HMC’s Ambulance Service Operations Manager Ahmed Al Bakri said that their participation this year was highlighted by their showcasing of the latest state-of-the-art ambulances designed to safely move through traffic.
He said he was thrilled to be part of the traffic week events this year because it serves to help them promote the vital services they offer the people of Qatar. He added that while they want to get to patients in need of urgent care as fast as possible, he said they remain mindful of their safety and that of the patient being transported, as well as the safety of other road users.
He mentioned the Ambulance Service’s ongoing public awareness campaigns – ‘know the 5 to save a life’ and ‘help us help you’ – that aim to further educate the public.
HMC’s Geriatrics Department also participated in the Traffic Week activities to raise awareness about the risks to elderly people who may be suffering from dementia and the importance of road safety. Dr Hanadi Khamis Al Hamad, Chairperson of the Geriatrics Department, explained the importance of family members being vigilant and checking on dementia-related symptoms that may impact a person’s driving ability.
The Hamad Injury Prevention Programme of the Hamad Trauma Centre hosted the ‘Road Safety for Children’ sessions with students at Darb Al Saai. GCC Traffic Week provides an opportunity for GCC traffic officials to discuss and exchange their views and experiences about traffic safety.
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