1,500 labourers attend free medical camp

May 10, 2014 - 4:07:02 am
Labourers attending the free medical camp conducted by the Medical Commission marking World Day for Health and Safety at Work, in Abu Hamour yesterday and (Right) a participant undergoing a test. Abdul Basit

DOHA: More than 1,500 labourers benefited from a medical camp organised in observance of World Day for Safety and Health at Work yesterday at the Medical Commission complex. 

This is the fifth year the annual event focusing on occupational health and safety was held by the Supreme Council of Health (SCH) and Focus Qatar, an Indian expatriate forum.

Dr Mohammed Ali Al Hajjaj, Head of Occupational Health Sector, Public Health Department, SCH, stressed the importance of the annual celebration “to promote the prevention of occupational accidents and diseases globally. 

“It is an awareness-raising campaign to focus international attention on emerging trends in the field of occupational safety and health and the magnitude of work-related injuries, diseases and fatalities worldwide.

“The celebration of World Day for Safety and Health at Work is an integral part of the national health strategy on occupational health. The Public Health Department is always looking at collaboration with stakeholders to implement more effective programmes,” said Dr Al Hajjaj as he opened the programme inaugurated by Dr Mohammed bin Hamad Al Thani, Director of Public Health Department, SCH.

Representatives of Asian missions, including Nepal, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, were present.

Nearly 100 doctors and nurses from Hamad Medical Corporation and clinics as well as physiotherapists of the Indian Physiotherapy Forum Qatar offered free vital check-ups. Free medicine and food were also distributed to participants.

Activities also featured a health and safety awareness campaign, including a video presentation on safety, fire drill and sessions presented by the Ministry of Interior, SCH and the Ministry of Labour.

‘Safety and health in the use of chemicals at work’, this year’s theme of the celebration, was one of the main topics highlighted in the sessions. 

Other topics included ‘Road accident prevention’, ‘Safety and health in the use of cement’, ‘Personal hygiene and preventing infections during and after work’, ‘Occupational health and safety at workplace’, and ‘Basic life support’. The peninsula

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