Qatar Minister of Public Health (MoPH), HE Dr Hanan Mohamed Al Kuwari recently met with staff of the Communicable Disease Center (CDC) under Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) to check the healthcare sector’s ongoing preventive measures and monitoring for cases of the dreaded 2019 Novel Coronavirus.

MoPH is working with HMC and the Primary Health Care Corporation (PHCC), in close collaboration with other stakeholders including Qatar Airways and Hamad International Airport (HIA), to ensure appropriate measures are in place to protect Qatar from the epidemic.

HE Dr Hanan Mohamed Al Kuwari meets with staff of CDC
HE Dr Hanan Mohamed Al Kuwari meets with staff of CDC

During her visit, HE received updates on the ongoing measures in place across the country to manage the threat of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus. The CDC, which opened in 2016, is the first facility of its kind in the region. The purpose-built facility is equipped to care for patients with rare or unknown, highly communicable diseases and any patient with suspected the 2019 NCoV is admitted to the CDC while awaiting their test results.

There are no confirmed cases of 2019 NCoV in Qatar and the risk remains low for residents. Qatar has taken all required preventive measures and is closely following the protocols and guidelines set out by international bodies, including the World Health Organization.

While the risk for infection remains low, any resident who experiences fever, cough, shortness of breath, or difficulty breathing, and has travelled to China, or had contact with an infected person, in the last 14 days should immediately call the MoPH hotlines: 6674 0948 or 6674 0951 for assistance. They can also visit their nearest health centre.

For more information on the 2019 NCoV, visit moph.gov.qa.