SWICC DAILY UPDATE TO STAFF: 10 May, 2020


A Message from Dr. Saad Al Kaabi, System Wide Incident Command (SWICC) Committee Chair

In so many ways, confronting COVID-19 has required us to quickly adapt the way we deliver care to our patients. We needed to quickly find ways that reduced the need for patients to attend our facilities – protecting both them and our staff in a pandemic -  yet still maintain the continuum of care. A key part of this has been the launch of a range of innovative remote healthcare services through the 16000 phone line – ensuring our patients can still access the care they need. The Urgent Consultation Service, which gives patients access to physicians across 15 specialties via telemedicine channels, now handles an average of 5000 calls a week from patients seeking help and advice for their conditions. As it stands today, around 80 percent of our outpatient care is now delivered by remote means – enabling our physicians to continue to deliver thorough and comprehensive care without our patients having to attend our hospitals. Well done to the team involved – not just for your role in providing this important service to our patients, but also for being flexible and adapting to these new ways of working. Thank you.

Dr. Saad Al Kaabi
Senior Consultant Medical Affairs  
System Wide Incident Command Committee Chair 

COVID-19 General Information 


What is the latest information on the number of cases in Qatar?

  • 127,769: Total number of people tested for COVID-19 in Qatar
  • 22,520: Total number of positive COVID-19 cases in Qatar
  • 19,753:  Number of COVID-19 patients under active treatment
  • 1189: Total number of new cases in the last 24 hours
  • 2753: Total number of recovered patients 
  • 14: Total number of deaths in Qatar
What are the latest measures currently in place across Qatar?

  • The Ministry of Public Health will continue the community survey based on COVID-19, which aims to better understand the transmission of the virus.
  • The Ministry of Administrative Development, Labor and Social Affairs called on the owners of companies and workers to adhere to observe all preventive measures and precautionary measures specified by the competent authorities in the state, to ensure the safety of workers during their entry and exit with random thermal inspection, within the gradual opening of the Industrial Area.
Her Excellency Dr. Hanan Mohammed Al Kuwari, the Minister of Public Health Gives Interview on Al Jazeera English

Her Excellency Dr. Hanan Mohammed Al Kuwari, the Minister of Public Health, gave an interview on Al Jazeera English last week, during which she provided updates on COVID19 and Qatar’s efforts to contain the pandemic. Click below to see the interview.

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How to protect yourself while grocery shopping

The MOPH has issued a guide to protecting yourself while grocery shopping. Click here to read it. 

How can people get more information on coronavirus disease (COVID-19)?
  • Visit the Ministry of Public Health website www.moph.gov.qa for more information on COVID-19. 
  • Follow the social media accounts of the Ministry of Public Health, Hamad Medical Corporation and Primary Health Care Corporation where any new updates will be posted.  
  • Call the national COVID-19 hotline on 16000 for all enquiries. The hotline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Staff information 


For all HR-related questions please check the dedicated COVID-19 i-Tawasol site by clicking here.

COVID Education for Clinicians and Nurses

For updated information and educational materials for clinicians and nurses including resuscitation guidelines click here

Online Resources for HMC Staff

With the COVID-19 situation rapidly evolving, we have had to change many of our everyday processes and activities. We have compiled a list of online resources available to HMC staff from help with remote working through to free online training courses and other helpful portals and links. You can find it by clicking here.  

Healthcare service changes at HMC 


For regular updates please check our dedicated i-Tawasol site by clicking here.