Syria, Iraq discuss mutual cooperation in health domain

Prospects of promoting the coordination and cooperation in the health field were touched upon by Health Minister Hassan al-Ghobash, and Chargé d’Affairs in the Embassy of Iraq in Damascus, Yassin Sharif Al Hujaimi.The meeting held Wednesday at the min…

Prospects of promoting the coordination and cooperation in the health field were touched upon by Health Minister Hassan al-Ghobash, and Chargé d’Affairs in the Embassy of Iraq in Damascus, Yassin Sharif Al Hujaimi.

The meeting held Wednesday at the ministry building focused on enhancing cooperation and exchanging expertise, especially in the area of pharmaceutical industries.

The two sides also discussed forming joint technical committees to follow up on the medical cooperation and strengthening the medical tourism.

Al-Ghobash attached great importance to developing mutual health relation mainly in terms of drug registration and exporting it to the Iraqi the pharmaceutical market.

Al Hujaimi noted to the need of boosting cooperation in all spheres of health and taking advantage from the Syrian medical specialties such as emergency-medicine.

Source: Syrian Arab News Agency

Sidra Medicine Wins Substantial JDRF Research Grant

Sidra Medicine (a member of Qatar Foundation) has been awarded a grant, to the value of one million US dollars from JDRF, the leading global type 1 diabetes (T1D) research and advocacy organization. The awarded grant will support the establishment of …


Sidra Medicine (a member of Qatar Foundation) has been awarded a grant, to the value of one million US dollars from JDRF, the leading global type 1 diabetes (T1D) research and advocacy organization. The awarded grant will support the establishment of a program in Qatar that combines autoantibody and genetic screening for children with T1D.



Titled “DIA-MENA: Type 1 Diabetes Islet Autoantibody Screening Initiative in the Middle East and North Africa”, the program will initially pilot autoantibody and genetic screenings in Qatar, aiming to predict the future risks of T1D in children. The pilot will form the basis to establish national pediatric T1D autoantibody screenings across the country; which can serve as a model for the rest of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.



The awarded grant, which was won by Dr. Ammira Al Shabeeb Akil, lead principal investigator and head of the Precision Medicine for Diabetes Prevention lab at Sidra Medicine, will encompass a comprehensive research-based screening program over the span of four years. Key support will be provided by Sidra Medicines precision medicine program, pathology, genetics and genomic medicine clinics.



Dr. Ammira Akil said in a statement today that most global screening initiatives to identify children at high risk of developing T1D have targeted relatives of individuals living with the disease. However, latest data shows that more than 85 per cent of the children who end up with T1D, do not have affected relatives with the same disease. By combining the comprehensive islet autoantibodies and genetic risk scores testing, we intend to detect and provide estimates of the prevalence of early-stage T1D in children.



Dr. Akil concluded, “This award also highlights that Qatar and Sidra Medicines specialist childrens services and technologies are in a strong position to make such programs a reality. In fact, for the first time, the autoantibody testing and results interpretation will be carried out at Sidra Medicine, as currently patient samples are sent abroad for testing. Early risk identification for T1D can help avoid life-threatening complications, develop preventative therapies and allow patient families and doctors to create a plan for ongoing monitoring to prevent an unanticipated emergency diagnosis.” Through the JDRF grant and in partnership with the Qatar Genome Program and the Primary Health Care Corporation, Dr. Akils team will embark on a combined screening pilot program on young children from the ages of 1 years to 14 years old; using a small blood sample and pathology-based testing technology that has been developed in-house at Sidra Medicine by Dr. Akils team.



For his part, Chief Research Officer at Sidra Medicine Dr. Khalid Fakhro said, “Establishing the foundation of T1D national screening will have an immediate and long-term impact on patients in Qatar and worldwide. It will serve as the basis for pre-diabetes screening in the general pediatric and young adult population in Qatar and act as a model approach for the rest of region and beyond. In the long term, robust screening programs can help with early detection before the onset of symptoms, and make our patients eligible for approved disease-modifying treatments or to take part in clinical trials in the future.”



Source: Qatar News Agency

Doctors Syndicate: Stop union procedures and return to work

The Doctors Syndicate announced this evening that it would stop union procedures and return to work based on the results of the dialogue with the government.

The crisis between the Doctors Syndicate, the Laboratory Medicine Syndicate, and the Federa…


The Doctors Syndicate announced this evening that it would stop union procedures and return to work based on the results of the dialogue with the government.



The crisis between the Doctors Syndicate, the Laboratory Medicine Syndicate, and the Federation of Health Professions Syndicates reached; It peaked yesterday, Monday, after the two unions left in two press conferences.



This crisis began to escalate at the end of last August, after the Assistant Undersecretary at the Ministry of Health, Osama Al-Najjar, accused doctors at Jenin Governmental Hospital of committing a medical error against nurse Sally Al-Bitar, who was injured by occupation bullets, which led to the removal of one of her kidneys



Source: Maan News Agency

The Independent Authority calls for sparing the health sector from union disputes and ensuring health rights

The Independent Commission for Human Rights “Board of Grievances” followed with great concern the escalation steps that the Doctors Syndicate announced its intention to begin implementing today, September 12, according to a statement it issued yesterd…


The Independent Commission for Human Rights “Board of Grievances” followed with great concern the escalation steps that the Doctors Syndicate announced its intention to begin implementing today, September 12, according to a statement it issued yesterday, including “not all doctors, including managers, going to their workplaces at all times.” Ministry of Health facilities and hospitals, and the government must bear its responsibilities.” Which, if implemented, will lead to the cessation of government primary health care, from which hundreds of thousands of citizens benefit, and the violations it could lead to that affect the citizen’s right to the highest attainable level of health, especially for those with chronic diseases, and the rescheduling of surgical operations for patients. Already late, this increases their suffering and may worsen their health condition.



While the Commission affirms that the right to organize unions, peaceful assembly, organize strikes, express opinion, and other peaceful protest steps are among the basic rights stipulated in the Palestinian Basic Law, these rights must be exercised taking into account a number of other basic rights, especially The right of citizens to the highest attainable standard of health and their right to life. This has been confirmed by the World Health Organization and the International Labor Organization that exercising the right to strike in the health sectors must not affect groups that need emergency health care and/or cannot be postponed, or lead to compromising the health and safety of citizens.



The Commission considered that the union dispute between the Doctors Syndicate on the one hand, and the government and the Allied Health Professions Syndicate on the other hand, must be resolved through dialogue, investigation and mediation committees, or through submitting complaints to the competent authorities.



Accordingly, the independent body demanded the following:



1. The necessity of opening a rapid, serious and real dialogue to resolve this union dispute in a way that preserves citizens’ health rights and dignity, and in a way that also ensures the necessary appreciation and respect for members of the Medical Syndicate and all workers in the health sector.



2. The need to expedite the completion of the implementation procedures for Decree Law No. 31/2018 regarding medical and health protection and safety, including special rules and regulations and medical protocols, and the formation of committees and the establishment of funds stipulated in the law.



The Authority expressed its readiness to foster and facilitate a constructive dialogue between the parties in order to come up with a balanced formula to resolve the dispute causing this strike, and to preserve health and union rights



Source: Maan News Agency

HMC: New Medical Facilities Helped Expand Primary, Secondary Healthcare Services

Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) stressed that the new health and medical facilities that have been opened over the past few years have helped enhance and expand primary, secondary, and specialized healthcare services.

Qatar’s public health system ha…


Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) stressed that the new health and medical facilities that have been opened over the past few years have helped enhance and expand primary, secondary, and specialized healthcare services.



Qatar’s public health system has undergone a remarkable expansion program in recent years – a feat that is unparalleled around the world. Over the past decade, both Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) and Primary Health Care Corporation (PHCC) have significantly expanded facilities and services, giving citizens and residents of Qatar improved access to world-class care.



In this regard, HMC has opened eight new hospitals since 2016: Communicable Disease Center, Qatar Rehabilitation Institute, Ambulatory Care Center, Women’s Wellness and Research Center, Hazm Mebaireek General Hospital, Ras Laffan General Hospital, Mesaieed General Hospital, and Aisha Bint Hamad Al Attiyah Hospital.



PHCC has opened 13 health centers since 2016: Rawdat Al Khail, Umm Salal, Al Thumama, Muaither, Al Wajbah, Al Waab, Qatar University, Al Ruwais, South Wakra, Al Mashaf, Umm Al Seneem, Al Sadd and Al Khor Health Center, which is a replacement to the old Al Khor Health Center.



Chief of Health Facilities Development and Acting Chief of Business Services at HMC Hamad Al Khalifa said the transformation of the public sector is unprecedented – increasing capacity and with healthcare teams across Qatar’s healthcare sector treating more patients than ever before.



In press remarks on Tuesday, Al Khalifa said: “In the past decade, Qatar’s population has expanded significantly, increasing the demand for all healthcare services. To meet this and future demand, at HMC we have opened four new community hospitals and four specialist hospitals – giving our community greater access to high quality, specialized care when and where they need it.” For her part, Managing Director of PHCC Dr. Mariam Abdulmalik said that health centers are often the first point of care for many in the community. “The 13 new health centers we have opened across the country in recent years ensure that the community has access to the best care possible as well as integrated health services at the right time and place,” she added.



She pointed out that PHCC is also working on upgrading and developing several existing health centers to ensure delivering the highest quality care to all.



Source: Qatar News Agency

The Prisoners’ and Ex-Prisoners’ Affairs Authority said that the Israeli prison administration continues to violate the rights of prisoners and detainees, and deliberately neglects their health conditions, and refrains from providing them with the necessary treatment and what they need in light of the difficult conditions from which they suffer.

In its report issued today, Monday, after the visit of its lawyer Fadi Obaidat, the Commission revealed two medical cases in the Negev prison, including the case of prisoner Khaled Kamel Nawabit (46 years old) from the town of Barqa / Jericho Governor…


In its report issued today, Monday, after the visit of its lawyer Fadi Obaidat, the Commission revealed two medical cases in the Negev prison, including the case of prisoner Khaled Kamel Nawabit (46 years old) from the town of Barqa / Jericho Governorate, where he suffers from bouts of shortness of breath with the body becoming limp from time to time. Today, this condition has become associated with him all the time, noting that the prisoner demanded tests on his health condition, but the prison administration still refuses to do so.



It is noteworthy that the prisoner was scheduled to undergo open heart surgery at Ramallah Hospital on 11/27/2022 to replace the mitral valve, but he was arrested before the scheduled date for it to be performed.



Prisoner Abdul Salam Bani Odeh from the town of Tamoun / Jenin Governorate suffers from swelling and blurred vision resulting from an accidental accident resulting from the presence of a small iron skewer, which led to a wound in the left eye on April 12, 2023. It caused an injury to the eye, and as a result, he was transferred to “Soroka” Hospital, and the wound was stitched. He was informed of the necessity of review after a week, but four weeks ago he was not transferred for review and examinations, which led to a worsening of his health condition



Source: Maan News Agency