The year 2020 has seen quick actions and precautions taken by Qatar in healthcare to prevent and limit the spread of COVID-19.

Earlier in March, the Primary Health Care Corporation (PHCC), in collaboration with Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC), the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) and partners, proactively designated four of its health centres to be Test & Hold facilities for all suspect cases of COVID-19.

With Qatar now entering the recovery phase, PHCC has proceeded to phase out and resume normal services to provide complete healthcare services to the patients registered at its health centres. Thus, two health centres ‘Muaither and Al Gharrafa’ out of the four dedicated COVID-19 health centres – will be deactivated as a COVID-19 dedicated swab facility. Rawdat Al Khail and Umm Slal health centres will continue to provide their services as a dedicated COVID-19 Test & Hold facilities.

The COVID-19 pandemic created a multitude of acute challenges for healthcare delivery, including the need for care redesign and the requirement to abandon conventional practices, whether it was the proactive set up of dedicated COVID-19 Test & Hold health centres or innovation and advancement of digital services in the form of virtual consulting, home delivery of medicine, and E-services. PHCC has worked round-the-clock, tirelessly supporting the community and patients during these challenging times.

Executive Director of Operations Dr Samya Abdulla said that now, they are phasing into full operations mode to provide complete services for the people.

The Al Gharaffa health centre has been deactivated as a COVID-19 dedicated swab facility from 13 December. Similarly, the Muaither health centre will also be deactivated as a COVID-19 dedicated swab facility from 20 December.

PHCC encourages everyone registered at these two facilities to return to care and avail of full healthcare services at their registered health centres.

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