Jordan Armed Forces Drop Medical Aid to Jordanian Field Hospital in Gaza for Second Time

Amman, An official of the Jordanian Armed Forces said a Royal Air Force plane Saturday dropped urgent medical aid for the second time using parachutes to the Jordanian field hospital in Gaza.

The drop operation came to enhance the hospitals capabilities and increase the ability of medical personnel to provide health and treatment services to Palestinians in Gaza.

The Armed Forces confirm that the hospital continues to operate despite the difficult conditions the hospital is suffering from amid ongoing Israeli bombing of the Gaza Strip.

Jordan's King Abdullah II had previously announced that his country's air force had airdropped urgent medical aid to this field hospital.

The first shipment included medical materials, medications and basic supplies.

Source: Qatar News Agency

5th International Primary Health Care Conference Launches

Doha, - The 5th International Primary Health Care Conference (IPHCC), organized by the Primary Health Care Corporation (PHCC), began Thursday and will continue until Nov. 12 under the theme "Primary Care Today: Lessons Learnt, Future Action for Sustainability." The opening of the 5th IPHCC was attended by HE Minister of Public Health Dr. Hanan Mohammed Al Kuwari and about 1,000 participants that include healthcare professionals, researchers, policymakers and influencers and those interested in the field, in addition to leading medical and academic institutions from all over the world.

The participants will discuss many of the topics that will be presented through six workshops and thirty sessions that will contribute to the exchange of experiences and best medical practices in this field.

PHCC Managing Director and Chairperson of the IPHCC Organizing Committee Dr. Mariam Abdul Malik said that the IPHCC 2023 coincides with the 45th anniversary of Alma-Ata and the 5th anniversary of Astana declarations on primary health care, both of which represent an essential step for public health in the twenty-first century as they highlight primary health care as the key to achieving the goal of right to health for all.

Dr. Abdul Malik noted in a speech delivered by Assistant Managing Director of the PHCC and Vice-Chairperson of the IPHCC Organizing Committee Musallam Al Nabit on her behalf during the opening of the conference, that in order to implement the primary care plan effectively, the PHCC has built a strategy centered around several items, the most important of which are providing integrated, comprehensive and coordinated health services, providing person-centered health care and well-being system, providing services based on evidence and data, the latest technology developments, as well as providing quality-based services.

She said that one of the most important areas of strategic progress in the PHCC is the shift towards a more person-centered care model. She noted that enabling individuals to participate effectively in their health decisions makes them feel responsible and can take control, which helps in their commitment to treatment plans and following a healthier lifestyle.

Dr. Abdul Malik stated in her speech that the holding of the 5th IPHCC affirms the importance of primary care in any health system. The conference has great importance as it comes at a time of great global multi-sectoral movement to accelerate recovery process, take lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as achieve sustainable development goals at a more rapid pace.

She noted PHCC's contribution to the success of major events held in the State of Qatar, such as the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, by providing a safe and healthy environment and protecting public health in the country for all its residents and visitors.

Over the past years, the PHCC relied on accurate assessments with the aim of evidence-based development. Given the total population of the State of Qatar of approximately 3 million people, and through thirty-one health centers distributed across all regions, the number of visitors registered in health centers during the first six months of this year reached more than one million and 700 thousand visitors, while the number of patient visits reached more than two and a half million during the same period, with an average exceeding 420 thousand visits per month, Dr. Abdul Malik explained.

She added that the average of these numbers reached 19 percent of citizens compared to 81 percent of other nationalities, with a rate of 48 percent of males and 52 percent of females. The PHCC managed to obtain many major international accreditations between the years 2021 and 2022, such as the Diamond-level accreditation certificate from Accreditation Canada International (ACI), the Person-Centered Care Award, in addition to PHCC's laboratories being accredited by the College of American Pathologists (CAP).

Dr. Abdul Malik pointed out that the PHCC aims to organize this conference due to its importance and in line with the wise leadership's keenness to give health care adequate and careful study, to reach recommendations that can be achieved on the ground, through the application of systems and programs that lead to integrated and comprehensive primary health care with high quality.

With the current global context, Dr. Abdul Malik said that the conference's agenda must be discussed with consideration of the interconnected global priorities such as the environment and health, multi-sectoral work, early warning systems and enhancing health care services.

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Qatar Participates in Extraordinary Session of Council of Arab Health Ministers

Doha, - The State of Qatar participated today in the meeting of the extraordinary session of the Council of Arab Health Ministers, which was held via video communication technology.

The State of Qatar's delegation to the meeting was headed by HE Minister of Public Health Dr. Hanan Mohammed Al Kuwari.

The Council of Arab Health Ministers discussed the difficult health and humanitarian conditions in the Gaza Strip and the Palestinian territories, and issued a statement in this regard, condemning the ongoing brutal Israeli war crimes and massacres in the Gaza Strip, stressing the need to immediately stop the Israeli war on the Gaza Strip, and warning of the catastrophic humanitarian and health repercussions as this genocide continues.

The Council of Arab Health Ministers called on the international community to assume its responsibilities to stop these brutal massacres, open safe and sustainable humanitarian corridors to ensure the access and flow of humanitarian and relief aid, and put pressure on the occupying powers to lift the siege on the Gaza Strip, protect civilians, health teams, health facilities, shelter centers and places of worship, and allow immediate and urgent delivery of fuel to hospitals, health centers and ambulances.

The meeting also discussed a number of health issues scheduled to be submitted to the upcoming Arab Economic and Social Development Summit in the Islamic Republic of Mauritania, including preparing an Arab strategy on developing school and university health, investing in human resources, increasing financial spending in the health sector, supporting and strengthening mental health, and the issue of Arab agency for medicine.

Source: Qatar News Agency

SCH Chairman marks Bahraini Doctor’s Day

Manama, Lieutenant General Dr. Shaikh Mohammed bin Abdullah Al Khalifa, Chairman of the Supreme Council of Health (SCH), attended a celebration of Bahraini Doctor's Day, which falls on the first Wednesday of every November.

The SCH Chairman expressed appreciation for the support of His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa and the continuous follow-up from His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, the Crown Prince and Prime Minister, for efforts that contribute to developing the health services system in the Kingdom.

Dr. Jaleela bint Al Sayyed Jawad Hasan, Minister of Health, and senior health officials attended the celebration.

Dr. Shaikh Mohammed bin Abdullah praised the efforts of Bahraini doctors and all health professionals in the public and private sectors, lauding their prominent role in supporting the comprehensive development process.

He stressed the keenness to develop the health system and boost its quality and efficiency through qualified national competencies, noting the importance of training and employment opportunities that align with the Kingdom's sustainable development goals.

Dr. Shaikh Mohammed said the health sector in Bahrain has demonstrated high standards, especially during the Coronavirus pandemic, noting the remarkable efforts to protect society and ensure everyone’s safety.

The SCH Chairman praised the multi-sectoral national partnership in strengthening the health system.

He also shed light on the latest developments in projects and initiatives aimed at developing the health sector, particularly health insurance, facility development, and enhancing the quality of services.

Source: Bahrain News Agency

Turkiye Announces Preparations for 20 Field Hospitals to Treat Those Injured in Gaza

Ankara, The Turkish Minister of Health Fahrettin Koca announced that his country has made all preparations to establish 20 field hospitals either near the Rafah crossing or at El Arish Airport in Egypt, in order to treat injured Palestinians from the Gaza Strip.

In a statement following a Turkish government meeting, Koca said that Turkiye has a medical ship ready and waiting, carrying approximately 40 ambulances, in addition to incubators, ventilators, and generators of various sizes.

The Turkish Minister indicated that a Turkish medical team consisting of 20 people, along with two general directors are already on the ground, adding that his ministry is in close contact with its Egyptian and Palestinian counterparts on the matter, and that the ministry is waiting for the security assurance and the issuance of permissions.

On the other hand, the Turkish Minister of Health described the targeting and bombing of health care workers and cancer patients and leaving them to die, a war crime, adding that the Turkish-Palestinian Friendship Hospital in Gaza, established by the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA) and donated to Palestine, currently has 80 cancer patients whose treatment was seriously disrupted due to a lack in drug supplies.

Earlier today, the Palestinian Minister of Health Dr. Mai Al Kailah announced that the Turkish-Palestinian Friendship Hospital in Gaza has stopped working, as a result of Israel targeting it, in addition to fuel running out completely.

She added that the number of hospitals that stopped working as a result of the ongoing Israeli aggression and the depletion of fuel has reached 16 out of 35 hospitals.

Source: Qatar News Agency