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Amongst the preventable diseases diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis are most likely to affect children. Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) has organised a vaccination campaign to begin from 18th February and extend till 15th March to prevent them.

The campaign is aimed at providing booster vaccine against diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis for the children in grade 10 at government and private schools.

In a recent workshop conducted for Tdap vaccination MoPH Director of Public Health Sheikh Dr Mohammed al Thani said, “There are no outbreaks of diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis in Qatar because people were vaccinated during their young age. The few cases we registered were from outside the country.”

It was explained that Tdap vaccination is effective for 10 years and is highly important for students in 10th standard as they are about to enter a very crucial period. The vaccination will protect the tenth graders healthy between high school, university and the time they are starting to work.

Booster vaccine against diphtheria, tetanus and acellular pertussis is a combination-immunising agent given by injection to prevent against those infectious diseases for a long duration.

Sheikh Dr Mohammed further explained that MoPH will be introducing wide spectrum of vaccines to cover more than 14 diseases and the Expanded Programme on Immunization (EPI). They will be unique, updated and advanced immunisation programmes in the region. He explained that supplementary immunisation activities that target high risk groups from time to time such as the Tdap campaign.

Though there are no local cases registered diphtheria, tetanus or pertussis in the last 10 years but there has been four cases were imported and it was identified that patients had not been vaccinated against the diseases.

MoPH has urged parents to permit for the vaccination and will be coordinating with school nurses on the same.

The focus is on increasing the immunity level of the population so that it prevents any outbreak even if there is any case coming from outside to Qatar. The dose that the 10th graders will receive will be the sixth which is a booster dose aimed at increasing immunity of children for the same, to avoid any outbreak given the crucial time of FIFA 2022 increasing the inflow of tourists.

 

Qatar has always given special preference to sports activities. It is both derived by ambition to compete internationally and the importance of sports to bring together communities. Sports has proven to be a successful platform for communities to come together.

The National Sports Day celebrations began today with Emir H H Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani participating by cycling on the Doha Corniche.

Various sports activities such as, cycling, swimming, football, basketball, tennis, taekwondo, self-defence, beach volleyball, water sports competitions were planned for the day at various locations celebrating the day.

Aspire Zone hosted thrilling sporting activities including, outdoor activities like running, children oriented activities, Dodge Ball, Japanese Kendo, Nordic Walk, beginning from 6:30 am to 1:00 pm. Indoor activities organised included, Challenge the Champion, Teamwork Challenges, Aspire Football Tournament, Football Performance and Science Activities beginning from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Katara being one of the major attractions saw the participation of 62 entities hosting range of activities such as, Wrestling match, Basket Ball competition, Tennis, Handball, Cycling,  Katara Furjan Beach Championship, Water games, Horse Riding, Volleyball, Marshall arts and parade.

Qatar Foundation organised 50 activities including, walkathon and ultra-marathon in education. Games and activities for kids and only ladies were also organised with family oriented activities taking place at the QF Recreation Center.

Ooredoo hosted a wide array of sports activities ranging from lemon race, relay, wood rail race, Tug-O-war, Human Bowling, Taekwondo to name a few.

Apart from these three major venues various sports activities were organised throughout the country to celebrate the Sports Day.

Lulu Group in cooperation with Australian Embassy has launched the Australian Festival for the first time, at its outlets in Qatar. The ongoing Australian Festival is launched at Lulu Hypermarket — Al Messila on 5th February and will extend till 12th February.

The inaugural ceremony was attended by the officials from the Australian Embassy, Yara Elsergany and Lamees Shaat, members of Qatar, Australia and New Zealand Business Association (QANZBA), Mohamed Althaf, Director of Lulu Group International and many other dignitaries.

As per the inaugural speech of Dr. Axel Wabenhorst, Lulu group has put in great efforts at the festival to highlight and promote various products at the Festival. Also, he expressed that the supporting point of sale materials utilized in-store was highly impressive indicating that beef and lamb are the most imported food items in Qatar from Australia.

The inaugural was also attended by children of King’s College Doha and (the Nord Anglia) Compass School Doha, with an amazing song from Australia performed by children of King’s College Doha.

Live cooking sessions by a Culinary Chef from Meat Livestock Association (Australia) became one of the major attractions at the outlet.

The festival introduced people to major product lines that are directly being imported from Australia regularly for a long time. Categories that are imported include fresh meat, cheese, olives, free-range eggs, muesli bars, bread, varieties of milk and milk products, organic baby foods, sauce, cake mix, honey, fresh and frozen fruits & vegetables etc.

Moreover, the festival also offered specialities and delicacies such as Aussie burgers and other popular Australian dishes at the Hot-food counters.

Despite the presence of Australian products at Lulu stores for a long time, this promotional campaign is expected to lead the promotion of a wider range of Australian products further increasing the sales stimulating the demand and imports.

Qatar has an Australian expatriate population of nearly 3,300 citizens working in high-ranking positions, constituting 0.21 percent of the total population. This festival gives them a great opportunity to enjoy authentic Australian delicacies.