Doha, 18 July, 2020: Despite the limitations imposed by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, staff at Hamad Medical Corporation’s (HMC) Tobacco Control Center have continued to offer support and treatment services to tobacco-dependent patients wishing to quit smoking. The Center’s services, which are currently being provided over the telephone as a precautionary measure to prevent the spread of COVID-19, include providing patients with treatment, medications, and psychological support.
Officials from the Center have revealed that during the last four months, between mid-March and mid-July, staff have conducted over 2,600 consultations and support sessions with tobacco-dependent patients. This milestone coincides with the Tobacco Control Center's third anniversary of being a WHO Collaborating Centre. In 2017, HMC's Tobacco Control Center was designated as a WHO Collaborating Centre, the first in Qatar and the region. WHO Collaborating Centre’s, which also includes research institutes and parts of universities and academies, are designated to carry out activities in support of the WHO's mandated international health agenda.
While social distancing precautions remain in place, HMC's Tobacco Control Center will continue to offer telephone-based services. The mission of the Center is to provide health and medical advice to the public on the dangers of tobacco use, including the dangers of secondhand smoke, in addition to behavioral support and counseling for those wishing to quit the habit.
From more information on HMC's Tobacco Control Center, or to book a consultation, call 4025 4981 or 5080 0959.