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QRCS President checks work flow at Mekaines quarantine facility
Dr. Mohamed bin Ghanem Al-Ali Al-Maadheed, President of Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS), has visited the quarantine facility in Mekaines, to follow up the work flow, discuss action plans and challenges, and explain future scenarios of the Coronavirus crisis. Managed by QRCS under the supervision of the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH), the Mekaines quarantine facility is one of the largest in Qatar, with seven complexes that are currently accommodating 11,000 workers. The visit was attended by Dr. Abdul-Salam Al-Qahtani, board member and Head of COVID-19 Crisis Management Committee, Abdullah Al-Qatan, Executive Director of the Medical Affairs Division, Dr. Hasan Kasem, General Medical Director of the Medical Affairs Division, and Dr. Hassan Al-Yafi, Head of Training and Development Department. Dr. Al-Maadheed had a firsthand overview of how the mechanism of work is applied at the quarantine facility, starting from safety measures and vital signs checks at entrance, and then the swapping room where samples are regularly taken from the referred cases. Aiham Al-Sukhni and Subhi Ejjeh, who manage the quarantine facility, gave a detailed presentation on accommodation, catering, clothing, and other logistic services provided for the quarantined inmates, while observing the maximum safety precautions. Dr. Al-Maadheed commended the role played by QRCS’s personnel, thanks to the expertise they acquired from the Disaster Management Camp’s eight editions, which graduated hundreds of well-trained relief workers. He said the work done by the Camp staff in the current situation reflects QRCS’s ability to manage disasters, particularly in relation to emergency shelter. He thanked the medical staff at the quarantine center for their excellent work despite all risks and challenges. They were urged to keep up the good performance, realizing the important role of the medical sector in combating the Coronavirus outbreak. The President of QRCS expressed pride in QRCS’s effective contributions to the efforts of Qatari authorities against the virus, together with all government bodies and NGOs. “I would like to warmly thank all the organizations that donated generously to our anti-Coronavirus endeavors,” he noted. “Thanks go also to every employee and volunteer who dedicates their time and effort to our beloved country. This represents the strength of Qatari community and solidarity among every national and resident living on this land”. The visit was concluded with a meeting with the administrative staff, who told Dr. Al-Maadheed and his company how work is done, the administrative structure, the needs required to ensure optimized services. He stressed the compliance with international health crisis management standards. “In this emergency, QRCS aligns 42 years of humanitarian experience both locally and globally,” said Dr. Al-Maadheed. “Inspired by the fundamental principles of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, as well as the Qatari culture and values, we aligned over 1,000 employees and 15,000 volunteers to work 24/7 to protect society members. It is the first time for our country to face such a calamity, but I am sure we will emerge out of it stronger and safer”. Apart from the Mekaines quarantine facility, QRCS is managing a workers’ examination center. Established within only 48 hours, it serves to examine expatriate workers for Coronavirus infections.