How Qatar has maintained one of the lowest COVID-19 mortality rates in the world?

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How Qatar has maintained one of the lowest COVID-19 mortality rates in the world?

Three key strategies helped Qatar have one of the lowest COVID-19 death rates in the world, Chair of the National Strategic Group on COVID-19 Dr Abdullatif Al Khal has said.

Dr Khal, who is also the Head of the Infectious Diseases Division at Hamad Medical Corporation, firstly cited Qatar's significantly expanded hospital capacity, which included tripling its intensive care capacity. 

In an interview Published in the August edition of the Q-Life magazine, Dr Khal added, “The second key area is our extensive, proactive testing strategy which has enabled us to quickly identify a large number of positive cases and provide them with the medical care they need at an early stage.

"The third area is Qatar's ability to protect the most vulnerable members of society through specialist medical services and additional awareness and educational campaigns.

As head of the Infectious Diseases Division at HMC, Dr Khal said, "Studying microbes and the spectrum of diseases they can cause is a bit like solving a puzzle - when you find the solution you can impact on so many lives."

 

And he believes he is in the perfect place to do just that: "There has been no greater time to be working in Qatar's healthcare sector."

Dr Khal watched as Qatar's healthcare system quickly adapted to the pandemic and made changes to long-standing practices with ease. 

“My colleagues and I have been working tirelessly to ensure measures are in place to limit the spread of the virus and provide high-quality care for those people who need it," Dr Khal said.

"But in times of pressure the true character of people comes through and I am immensely proud of everyone who has risen to the challenge." 

Despite the healthcare system's focus on combatting COVID-19, Qatar has placed a great importance on maintaining essential day-to-day services. 

"Every week across our system we have provided telemedicine consultations to more than 35,000 Patients delivered more than 400 babies; provided chemotherapy to over 550 cancer patients; responded to more than 5.000 emergency calls to the Ambulance Service; and managed more than 20,000 visits to our urgent care and emergency departments."

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