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Cancer, one of the most serious diseases, has received a tremendous development in context to both, prevention and cure. However, the fact that cancer is a taboo in the society still continues. People keep the ailment secretive as they are scared of how other people would react on it. There is a need to spread awareness about the prevention and cure of the disease to fight it.

In the same direction a cancer awareness event was organised by HMC’s National Center for Cancer Care and Research (NCCCR) with support from Qatar Cancer Society to mark World Cancer Day. The event focussed on spreading awareness about the disease and ways to prevent it by a healthy diet.

The event focussed on explaining that doctors 40% cancers are preventable through proper diet and vaccination and physical exercise. It stressed on importance of regular screenings to detect cancer at an early stage.

The event introduced and explained people the importance of getting vaccination for diseases like Hepatitis B and cervical cancer by getting vaccinated and maintaining a healthy diet. The event stressed that people must include fibrous rich foods and fruits and avoid junk food with high calories to avoid the risk of developing cancer.

Event encouraged people to go undergo screening of for especially breast and colon screening. The event focussed on explaining and imparting information about getting a routine check. It is advised that people aged 50 and above must undergo a screening of for colon cancer. The test of which can be done by stool test or colonoscopy for which various facilities are available in Qatar. This helps in early detection and removal of cancer cells.

As per Dr. Homsi of HMC’s Senior Consultant Physician, Consultant in Internal Medicine and Chairman of Medical Oncology and Haematology Department, Qatar has developed capabilities to cure all stages of cancer. Today there are new treatments available in Qatar that can cure advanced stages of cancer even if it has spread to other parts of the body.

Apart from promoting healthy diet, vaccination, physical exercise the event imparted contact information for getting appointment for routine tests. People above the age of 50 years above and females above 40 years can contact €01112′ for bowel and breast screenings respectively. Women below the age of 40 years may visit Well Woman clinics at their respective health centres for screening of breast cancer.

 

 

 

 

Art is often referred as an important factor in stimulating creative energies leading to healthy mind and body. Considering it Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) has collaborated with International Artists of Doha (IAD) launching a six-month program aimed at channelizing the power of art to improve the health and well-being of its residents at HMC’s Bayt Aman residential facility.

Bayt Aman has been providing a safe and restorative environment for expatriate workers who have completed medical treatment and are waiting to return home. The arrangement has been useful for the patients to fully recuperate and re-adjust to their normal routines so they are better able to return to living their everyday lives.

Since its inauguration in July 2016, numerous patients have benefitted from their stay at Bayt Aman. “We believe it is very important to help these patients recover fully so they can begin living a normal daily life before returning home,” explained Dr. Wafa Al Yazeedi, Chairperson of Qatar Rehabilitation Institute.

IAD and HMC began their formal activities marking the International Day of Persons with Disabilities on 3 December, 2017. In continuity, a series of events have also been organized with the slogan ‘Qatar Cares’ to conclude in May 2018. The artwork that will be created during these sessions though will be a part of Bayt Aman heritage, will be displayed for the residents. Further the project will conclude with a public exhibition in a renowned art gallery in December, observing the International Day of People with Disabilities 2018.

The initiative is lauded for its progress till now and attendees are participants are excited to witness the further developments.

Dr. Wafa Al Yazeedi expressed “I am excited about the benefits that this partnership with IAD can bring to our patients. We are committed to providing a calm and healing environment for our residents so that we can maximize their recovery potential before they return home,”

“IAD believes that art can have a real positive impact on the health and well-being of individuals and society. We hope that our partnership with HMC can bring positive energy to the residents of Bayt Aman and help them on their journey of recovery,” explained Mr. Willy Kempel, IAD Chairman and Ambassador of Austria to the State of Qatar.

Bayt Aman currently, can accommodate up to 12 guests at a time and is staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week by a charge nurse and patient care attendants. However, such a facility if expanded will benefit more patients in their rehabilitation phase getting back the zeal to live a normal life.

 

 

 

 

 

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Qatar has enough medicine and medical supplies despite the new import restrictions it faces, the state’s health provider has said.

There is “no risk on public health” because Hamad Medical Corp. (HMC) has months worth of supplies, its director of communications told QNA.

And officials are currently working to find new suppliers to replenish stocks, Ali Abdullah Al-Khater said.

He added that HMC will continue to provide health services to all patients, regardless of their nationality or country of origin.

Gulf crisis

Qatar is entering week two of a contentious dispute with its Gulf neighbors.

In early June, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the UAE closed their borders to the country in an effort to force political change.

The move spurred local authorities to import food and materials from other nations, including Turkey and Iran.

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The strategy has kept grocery stores full and construction going, and for most residents, life has continued normally.

However, many people are still trying to sort out Eid and summer holiday plans due to disrupted flight schedules.

And some residents who are planning to leave Qatar for good have complained of hardships in shipping their belongings out of the country.

Has the recent Gulf dispute affected you? Thoughts?