Qatar Minister of Public Health, HE Dr Hanan Mohamed Al Kuwari, visited the site of the new Al Maha Child Development and Rehabilitation Center at Wakra Hospital earlier this week. The centre is also under Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC).  

Due to be completed in 2020, the purpose-built Al Maha Center will revolutionise paediatric care services for children with developmental, complex and long-term healthcare needs.

The minister and her delegation arrived at Wakra Hospital on board the Doha Metro. The delegation departed from the White Palace metro station and visited the Hamad Hospital Metro Station (located near the Emergency Department of Hamad General Hospital) on their way to Al Wakra Metro Station. The delegation was received by Ajlan Eid Al Enazi, Chief of Strategy and Business Development at Qatar Rail.

Minister of Public Health Visits Al Maha Center at Wakra HospitalMinister of Public Health Visits Al Maha Center at Wakra HospitalNoting the importance of the new centre, Dr Al Kuwari said she was extremely proud to mark the start of the next phase of construction for the new Al Maha Center.

It is critically important that we continue to offer the very best care and support to children with special healthcare needs by expanding and improving our services. Once open, this new facility will offer young people and their families the best possible specialist treatment and support. The facility is the first-of-its-kind in Qatar and will be one of the largest in the region.’

The facility will ensure that those receiving care will have access to high-quality care in a nurturing, relaxing and healing environment. The care provided at the new facility is set to provide an integrated service model and family-centred approach. The vision for the Al Maha Center is to become an internationally recognised paediatric facility providing a number of services, including specialised programmes including early intervention care.

Once open, the new Al Maha Center will provide young patients with a range of treatment and rehabilitation services such as a gait lab, a life skills programme, music and art therapy classes, and a hydrotherapy pool. Although some of these services are currently available at the HMC Qatar Rehabilitation Institute, it is the first time that all services will be offered under one roof.

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