• 11/15/2022
    Doha, 15 November, 2022: His Excellency the Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Sheikh Khalid bin Khalifa bin Abdulaziz Al Thani, today visited the healthcare sector’s National Healthcare Incident Command Center (NHICC) to inspect the Center’s preparations and the services it provides ahead of the start of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 on 20 November. His Excellency the Prime Minister was accompanied on the visit by the Minister of Public Health, Her Excellency Dr. Hanan Mohamed Al Kuwari and a number of senior health officials.

    His Excellency the Prime Minister was briefed during the visit on all healthcare preparations at the Center and how it will support the health sector to ensure the delivery of all necessary healthcare services to the World Cup fans. 

    During the visit to the NHICC, His Excellency the Prime Minister was briefed on the role of the World Cup Workforce Hub in HMC’s main Doha campus. The Hub has been established to support approximately 3,000 clinical staff working in stadiums, fan zones and other world cup related venues.

    Commenting during the visit to the NHICC, H.E. Dr. Al Kuwari said: “The NHICC is a core component of the healthcare sector’s extensive FIFA World Cup service provision and stands ready to lead the coordination of the healthcare system’s response at any time in the event of a major incident.”

    “Over the coming weeks, almost every part of our healthcare system will have a role to play in helping us achieve our goal of providing a comprehensive range of medical and support services across approximately 100 FIFA World Cup competition and non-competition sites. It has taken a truly incredible effort from healthcare teams across the healthcare sector to get us to this stage; with all our plans on track ahead of the tournament start, and I am confident we are ready to support a safe and healthy FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022,” added H.E. Dr. Al Kuwari. 

    Located at Hamad Medical Corporation’s Ambulance Service headquarters, the NHICC was established in 2020 to lead the coordination of the healthcare system’s response at any time in the event of a major incident. The NHICC coordinates operations of key healthcare providers in Qatar, including HMC, Primary Health Care Corporation and Sidra Medicine. 

    Staffed and operational 24/7, the NHICC has supported healthcare efforts at recent major sporting events including the Qatar Grand Prix and FIFA Arab Cup™, both held in Qatar in 2021. The NHICC will be placed in a heighted state of readiness for the duration of the world cup to ensure we are in the best possible position to respond to any incident that might occur. 

    Operating 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, the Workforce Hub facilitates the documentation of all staff time and attendance records, daily staff briefings, and collection of FIFA accreditation passes, among other tasks, while providing the central location from which clinical staff will be transported to a range of competition and non-competition sites each day.