Within the framework of the State and the society of Qatar to confront the crisis of Coronavirus (COVID-19), H.E Sheikh Thani Bin Hamad Al Thani has participated today in the awareness and reassurance service provided by the department of geriatrics at Hamad Medical Corporation.
As part of the precautionary plan to protect the elderly against coronavirus risks and in cooperation with the World Health Organization (WHO), the geriatrics department at HMC ensured the reach of all the elderly in Qatar by providing awareness services and telephone-based follow-up of their cases launched recently on the 18th of April.
During the visit, H.E. was introduced to the working teams for providing different care services such as elderly awareness and follow-up and was briefed on the measures that are currently taken to confront coronavirus crisis (COVID-19). H.E. also participated in the awareness and reassurance service provided through the telephone along with Dr. Hanadi Al Hamad, Medical Director of Rumaila hospital and Qatar Rehabilitation Center (QRI) by calling a number of elderly patients to check the health situation from a social and mental aspect and to make sure if the elderly patient is in need for any support in these aspects and to provide the proper support.
H.E. Sheikh Thani Bin Hamad Al Thani has also inspected part of virtual clinic for the elderly during his visit to day to the center. The virtual clinic which aims at creating an audio-visual communication through video call feature between the consultant and the elderly patients at their homes who have scheduled appointments with the outpatient clinics. The physician checks the overall condition of the patient through visual calling instead of the traditional clinical check-ups under the current circumstances of coronavirus. The virtual clinic has witnessed a high level of response from patients and families.
H.E. has also visited QRI where he met several elderly patients who receive medical and rehabilitation treatment at Day Rehabilitation Unit and inspected the communications and rehabilitation sessions with elderly patients at their homes through video call feature performed by the medical teams as part of the follow-up routines.
“H.E. Sheikh Thani Bin Hamad Al Thani’s visit holds many significant indications for great psychological and mental support it provides for the elderly who are considered an essential part of our society. It also provides great support to our medical teams in the different roles in this phase and encourages them and appreciates their efforts and roles to confront the epidemic of coronavirus (COVID-19). Our efforts will continue because of the unlimited support that Qatar provides to the health services and as a result of cooperation between the community against coronavirus epidemic, God willing.” Said, Dr. Hanadi Al Hamad thanking H.E. Sheikh Thani Bin Hamad Al Thani’s visit.