Doha, 15 March, 2019: As part of ongoing efforts to help school students learn about careers in the healthcare sector and in collaboration with the Ministry of Interior, Hamad Medical Corporation’s (HMC) Health Professions Awareness and Volunteering Program recently organized a two-day health exhibition at Ruqaya Independent Preparatory School for Girls.
The exhibition, which took place on 12 and 13 March under the slogan ‘our country’s renaissance in safety and health,’ was inaugurated in the presence of Sheikh Dr. Mohammed Bin Hamad Al Thani, Director of Public Health, Ministry of Public Health, and Ms. Balqees Al Khazraji, Director of the Health Professions Awareness and Volunteering Program at HMC.
The event was attended by students, parents, teachers, and school administrators and was designed to encourage students to consider pursuing a career in the health sector. Exhibitors also promoted the importance of leading a healthy lifestyle as a strategy for disease and injury prevention.
Ms. Al Khazraji said a total of 34 exhibitors from HMC, the Ministry of Public Health, various public and private healthcare organizations, and a number of health-related associations from across the country participated in the two-day event which focused on introducing female students to careers in healthcare. She said representatives from HMC’s Health Professions Awareness and Volunteering Program, Ambulance Service, Qatar Organ Donation Center, Immunology and Allergy Awareness Program, Hamad Injury Prevention Program, Tobacco Control Center, Medical Education Department, Patient and Family Education Section, and Hamad International Training Center each had information booths at the exhibition. Staff from HMC’s Anesthesiology, Dentistry, Urology, Ophthalmology, Cardiology, Bariatric Surgery, and Pediatric Departments were also in attendance.
Representatives from the Ministry of Public Health’s Health Promotion and Communicable Diseases Department and the Health Education Department organized a variety of activities aimed at raising awareness about the importance of healthy eating for young people.
“Preventative healthcare as a strategy to promoting good health and wellbeing was a key focus of the exhibition this year. In addition to healthcare providers from across Qatar, exhibitors from the Qatar Armed Forces’ Medical Service, the Ministry of Interior’s Community Policing, Juvenile Police Department, Drug Enforcement Department, the Qatar National Anti-Doping Commission, Qatar Red Crescent, Qatar Cancer Society, and Qatar University’s College of Health Sciences were all active participants,” said Ms. Al Khazraji.
The Qatar Social and Cultural Center for the Blind, Qatar Guest Center -Women’s Branch, and the Qatar Society for Rehabilitation of Special Needs were also among the exhibitors at the event.