Travellers to get vaccinations, medical advice at special clinics

January 27, 2013 - 3:30:06 am

DOHA: People travelling out of Qatar will soon get vaccination in dedicated clinics at primary health care centres and the Hamad General Hospital.

The ‘travel clinics’ will provide immunisation and health advice to nationals and residents travelling abroad. People who show health problems after return can also seek treatment at 

these clinics.

Community physicians and infectious disease specialists will review the medical history and travel plan of the person before giving advice and immunisation. 

If one is travelling to a country where there is a high risk of infectious diseases, one would be given special advice and recommendations for the stay.

Primary health centres will have a separate section for ‘travel medicine’ by April and Hamad General Hospital’s Out Patient Department would open a unit in the next six months, officials said yesterday.

Travel immunisation is now available at the Vaccination Unit at the Mesaimeer Health Center and people who fall sick after travel are treated at primary health centers, Hamad General Hospital or the Communicable Disease Unit (CDU) of Rumailah Hospital.

“Travel medicine services in Qatar are now scattered at different facilities; we want to organise them and expand these to the primary health care centers,” said Dr Mohammad Al Hajri, Director of Health Protection and Communicable Diseases Control at the Supreme Council of Health, yesterday. He was speaking on the sidelines of a symposium held on Travel Medicine. Approximately 50 people travelling out of Qatar visit the Mesaimeer Health Center daily for vaccination. Their number goes up to 100 during Ramadan, Haj and the holiday season. 

Many people develop diarrhoea and malaria after they return from their trips. 

Presently, there are no dedicated facilities to treat them. 

The Peninsula