‘Qatar’s ability in controlling spread of Covid-19 laudable’
June 20 2021 09:57 AM
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AMNM ensures a superior patient experience.

Dr Nabhan Abou Rjaili highlights government’s steps and AMNM’s efforts in providing the greatest healthcare services for patients, based on international best practices and high standards


Qatar is one of the few countries in the world that was able to control the spread of Covid-19, demonstrating it twice: back in 2020 and again this year, said Alfardan Medical with Northwestern Medicine’s (AMNM) new COO, Dr Nabhan Abou Rjaili.
 

Dr Nabhan Abou Rjaili
Speaking to Gulf Times, he lauded the Qatar government, particularly the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) and Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC), for doing an excellent job in controlling the spread of Covid-19 and providing the greatest healthcare services for patients, based on international best practices and high standards.
“The low death rate of Covid-19 demonstrates the outstanding healthcare infrastructure in Qatar. AMNM is doing its part in providing excellent services and compassionate care to the community,” said Dr Abou Rjaili, highlighting the wise leadership of His Highness the Amir and HE the Minister of Public Health in ensuring high-quality healthcare for all.


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He noted that the Qatar government has been proactive in terms of prevention and awareness of the population in an orderly and well-organised manner. This is in line with AMNM’s approach, focusing on community education, complying with and endorsing the restrictions. Such guidance comes directly from their partner in the United States, Northwestern Medicine, one of the top-10 US health systems.
Qatar’s vaccination, Dr Abou Rjaili added, has been rolled out across the country in a very short time, following incredibly high standards: “Unfortunately, not many countries were able to provide the best vaccinations without any burdens on their residents, so Qatar is one of the notable, successful exceptions.”
According to the latest MoPH data, more than 2.87mn doses have been administered since the start of the national vaccination programme, and 69.6% of the eligible population have received at least one dose while 55.7% have got both doses.
Also, 95.1% of people above 60 years (the most vulnerable population group) have been vaccinated with at least one dose while more than 89.4% have received both doses.
“These statistics will help AMNM’s doctors shift back from telehealth and increase face-to-face interactions with patients due to lower risk of exposure,” Dr Abou Rjaili noted.
The MoPH noted that the combined impact of Covid-19 restrictions, increased vaccination rates and overwhelming support of the community contributed to reducing the number of new daily infections.
For its part, Dr Abou Rjaili said AMNM is continuously supporting government efforts to curb the spread of Covid-19, and has sent multiple clinical team members to assist in combating the pandemic.
Moreover, it has made every effort to ensure that all of its staff members receive the vaccination, putting the staff, providers and patients at ease.
“Although we provide regular webinars related to community education and awareness, we plan to host more public events once it’s allowed to let our doctors go out and speak to the community at certain town halls and public education sessions,” he said, adding that AMNM is planning to collaborate with the MoPH and HMC in bringing speakers and doctors from its partner institution in Chicago, Northwestern Medicine.



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