Oct 13: Health
authorities in Qatar are geared up for the World Cup that kicks off in November
– the biggest global event since the pandemic outbreak.
healthcare sector has significantly grown in the past decade and in the public
sector, ten hospitals and 16 primary health centres have opened since 2010.
ambulance service has also expanded, and the region’s largest trauma and
emergency centre opened in 2019.
In less than
two months, Doha will be flooded with more than 1.5 million supporters from
all over the world. But after three years of planning, health authorities
insist they are ready for any eventuality.
health authorities in Qatar collaborated with the World Health Organisation to
run a series of workshops and simulated exercises ahead of the World Cup to
prepare health workers for the influx of fans.
learned during last year’s Arab Cup have shown us that mass gatherings can be
successfully managed, but they can never be zero risk,” said Dr Rayana Ahmad
Bou Haka, the WHO’s representative to Qatar.
associated risk can be decreased by applying tailored, event-specific
precautionary measures to the venues, the participants, and the context in
which the event takes place, within a general reinforcement of surveillance and
public health measures implemented in the host country,” she said.
there are 102 people in hospital with Covid-19 in Qatar – four in intensive
care – and there have been 682 deaths in the country since the outbreak began,
according to Qatar's ministry of health.
events like the World Cup are attended by significant numbers of people which
has the potential to strain public health and response resources of the host
nation or community,” said Dr Hamad Al Romaihi, director of the Health
Protection and Communicable Disease Control Department in Doha.
is critical to any effective health security plan and Qatar’s healthcare sector
has undergone remarkable transformation in recent years.
placed great importance on building a strong, highly skilled team of health-care
professionals across the system to lead the delivery of high-quality care to
football fans visiting Qatar for the FIFA World Cup can be reassured that, if
needed, they will receive healthcare services from Hamid Medical Centre teams
on par with the very highest international standards.”
Cup visitors, workers, players and technical staff must be fully vaccinated in
order to attend the tournament.
travellers are advised to check the latest FIFA advice and follow Qatar's
Ministry of Public Health guidelines, prior to departure, according to the