Doha: More than 4,500 people from different walks of life will attend the 13th Annual Free Medical Camp as well as the concurrent health awareness exhibition and lectures, jointly organised by Indian Islamic Association Qatar (IIAQ), Indian Doctors’ Club (IDC) and the Qatar Chapter of Indian Medical Association (IMA) today at Tariq Bin Ziyad Independent School for Boys at Salata Jadeed from 7am to 8 pm, organisers said.
Of these, more than 1,750 pre-registered low-income labourers from India, Nepal, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka will be offered free medical check-up, medicines and follow-up treatment arrangements through this annual event which is held under the auspices of the Primary Health care Corporation (PHC) and Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) and is sponsored by Ooredoo.
The camp’s inauguration ceremony, which will begin at 9 am, will be attended by Indian Ambassador Sanjiv Arora, senior officials of the PHC, HMC, Ooredoo and representatives of various governmental and non-governmental organisations.
The camp’s main objective is to impart right health education to labourers, mainly from Asian countries, who are vulnerable to some life-threatening diseases due to the mental stress resulted by their complex work environment, lack of adequate rest and proper health care, and a disorderly lifestyle.
The registration of the deserving beneficiaries of the camp was complete and special registration cards have already been issued to them. However, lab tests for random blood sugar and blood pressure are available on the spot for all visitors.
The service of more than 150 doctors and 175 para-medical staff will be available at the camp for registered participants. Services offered at the camp include clinical tests for blood pressure, blood sugar, and cholesterol; oral cancer screening; eye test; ultrasound and ECG tests as well as consultation and counseling. Free medicines will be distributed for common diseases as per prescription by doctors who include orthopaedics, cardiologists, dermatologists, ophthalmologists, ENT specialists, dentists and general physicians. The Ophthalmology Department of HMC will offer glaucoma test. HMC will also facilitate audiometric tests for interested participants and breast cancer awareness programme for women. Hamad Training Centre will make a presentation on basic life support whereas a traffic awareness programme will also be organised by the Traffic Department. For the first time, Physiotherapy Forum Qatar will participate in the camp and offer physiotherapy services as an added feature to the camp. Over 900 volunteers of Indian Islamic Association will offer their services to ensure a hassle-free camp for all participants.
Referral will be provided for patients to Hamad Medical Corporation or walk-in clinics if required. Other services of the camp include distribution of free health cards to deserving patients, subsequent clinical follow-up and periodical check-ups, necessary assistance for deserving chronic patients, and free specs for needy eye-patients.
In addition, health awareness lectures will also be organised on the sidelines of the camp. Dr Mohamed Shaheen Anodiyil, Specialist, Primary Health Care Corporation (Annual Medical Check-up 02:30 pm to 03:15 pm); Dr Thomas David, Medical Officer, Qatar Petroleum (Is Cancer a Preventable Disease? 04:30pm to 05:15 pm); Dr Abdul Hakeem, Consultant, Primary Health Care Corporation (Cholesterol Related Health Disorders: 06:15 pm to 07:00 pm); Dr Imran Ibrahim, Pediatric ICU, HMC Al Khor (Make Your Home a Safe Home for Kids: 04:45 pm to 05:00 pm); Dr Ravindran, Cardiologist, Aster Clinic (Life Style Modification for a Healthy Heart: 03:30 pm to 04:15 pm); Dr Reji Bose, Specialist Orthopaedics, Al Safa Polyclinic (Back Pain, A Modern Day Health Problem: 05:15 pm to 06:00 pm); Dr Biji Anil Kumar, Pathologist, Aster Clinic (Early Detection of Breast Cancer: 04:00 pm to 04:45 pm) and Elizebeth Benny and Presenna Saji (Family Oriented Asthma - Awareness workshop 05:00 pm to 05:45 pm) will lead the lectures.
Lab tests for blood pressure and random sugar for the camp’s visitors will be carried out in cooperation with the Qatar Red Crescent Society. Besides, interested participants can donate blood or register their names for blood donation in future. They can also express their willingness to donate organs. A medical quiz contest will be organised for students of 8, 9 and 10 standards and winners will be awarded with trophies and certificates. Indian Ambassador Sanjiv Arora is the chief patron of the camp’s organising committee which is jointly chaired by Dr Samir Moopen of IDC and K C Abdul latheef of IIA. C H Najeeb is the General Convener and Dr Pareed Rawther and Dr Prajeesh are coordinators.