Doha, 12 October, 2019: Her Excellency Dr. Hanan Mohamed Al Kuwari, Minister of Public Health, attended Hamad Medical Corporation’s (HMC) World Sight Day activities at the Ambulatory Care Center (ACC) on Thursday, 10 October.
Throughout the day staff from the Ophthalmology Department at the ACC were on hand in the hospital lobby to offer advice to patients and visitors about how to look after their eyes as well as performing basic eye checks.
During her visit, Her Excellency Dr. Al Kuwari spoke with members of the ophthalmology team and discussed the importance of their activities.
“I’m delighted to have the opportunity to visit the ACC today and witness the valuable work being done by the Ophthalmology Department to educate the public about this important health issue. Today’s activity is a prime example of the many events HMC organizes each year to raise awareness and educate patients and the wider community about important health topics.”
“This month alone, HMC is running community events on a wide range of topics, including mental health, stroke, care for the elderly, and seasonal influenza. Educating the community about the importance of taking care of their health is a vital part of a successful healthcare system,” explained Her Excellency Dr. Al Kuwari.
World Sight Day 2019 aims to stress the importance of having regular eye checks, as Dr. Deena Safwan Zeedan, Ophthalmology Specialist explained: “We recommend all adults have an eye test performed by a qualified ophthalmologist every year. Eye tests not only help to identify deficiencies and weaknesses in people’s vision but, importantly, they can identify existing eye diseases that may otherwise go undetected.”
“Cataracts, refractive errors, glaucoma, and diabetic retinopathy are all common eye conditions that can be detected through eye exams. While everyone should have a regular eye check, it is particularly important for those with a heightened risk of eye diseases. This includes being over 40 years of age, having a family history of eye disease, and having existing chronic health conditions,” added Dr. Zeedan.
In August this year, the ACC welcomed its first ophthalmology outpatients following the permanent transfer of clinics from Hamad General and Rumailah Hospitals. Dr. Khalid Al Jalham, Director of the ACC, explained that the move has enabled ophthalmology patients to enjoy the full benefits of a ‘one-stop-shop’ model at the new hospital.
“The Ophthalmology Department at the ACC provides highly-advanced services to patients through the delivery of not only clinical but also surgical procedures in a single location. The transfer of ophthalmology services to the ACC was the final phase in the relocation of clinical services to this state-of-the-art new facility, a process that has been ongoing since the first outpatient services opened in 2017,” said Dr. Jalham.