Doha: Some 600 people, including women and children, turned up at the first free medical camp held by the Pakistan Professionals Forum Qatar (PPFQ) at Pakistan Education Centre (PEC) yesterday.
More than 30 doctors, along with some 60 volunteers, gathered to provide free medical services to people from different nationalities. This included people from Pakistan, Nepal and Bangladesh and a majority of them were low-income workers from the Industrial Area, Dr Mazhar Monga, Chairman of PPFQ, said.
Free transportation was also provided to those who needed it the most, with buses leaving the Industrial Area after every hour to the camp venue.
Dr Sheikha Aisha bint Faleh Al Thani, member Qatar Supreme Education Council (SEC), and the board of directors of Reach Out To Asia (Rota), was the Chief Guest.
The doctors were predominantly Pakistanis from Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC).
“This was a heavy mission on our shoulders. I had told my team that if we manage to get some 200 people, we will achieve our objective,” Dr Monga said, adding that the figure more than doubled by the evening.
Some of the common diseases reported by the patients included high blood pressure, diabetes, related to ENT and then, many people also complained of eye problems, he said. In the afternoon, many children and women also came for medical checkups.
The ambassador of Pakistan, Muhammad Sarfraz Khanzada was the VIP guest. The class-rooms of PEC were used for consultation, Dr Monga said.
PPFQ, comprising Pakistani professionals from various fields, was established on December 9, 2011. “The purpose of the forum is to do something good for the community,” Dr Mondga said.