His Excellency Sheikh Abdullah Bin Nasser Bin Khalifa Al Thani, the Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, officially opened the region’s first Communicable Disease Center in November 2016. Dedicated to the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of infectious diseases as well as education and research, the Center has a focus on tuberculosis (TB), respiratory diseases and other infectious diseases including leprosy, Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), influenza, measles, hepatitis and Human Immunodeficiency Virus, among other emerging and re-emerging infections.
The purpose-built facility features 65 single bedrooms, all with negative pressure and 100 percent fresh air exchange, each with the capacity to be converted into isolation units in case of serious pandemics. The Center offers comprehensive inpatient services for infectious disease patients who need hospitalization, and also houses outpatient clinics providing services which include pre-marital counseling and education for those with infectious diseases.
The role of the Communicable Disease Center is not just to provide treatment and care but to work with the Ministry of Public Health and other stakeholders to reduce the impact of communicable diseases on the population. The Center aims to promote awareness and education, with the goal of preventing and combating various infectious diseases at the national level.
The Communicable Disease Center is home to the National TB Control Program and the TB Laboratory. This state-of-the-art laboratory provides all public and private health sectors with TB diagnostics and leadership on a national level.
The Communicable Disease Center provides a stimulating academic environment to support education and research for the purpose of enhancing care for people living with communicable diseases. The Center is committed to the training of medical students, residents, fellows and other clinical professionals, including nurses, and lead researchers in the field of infectious diseases.