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QRCS Provides Health Education for 600 Galfar Al-Misnad Workers
May 13th, 2015 ― Doha: Qatar Red Crescent (QRCS) is proceeding with its strategy of medical care and health education for expatriate workers in Qatar, with a view to advancing the health conditions of this important segment of society and improving their personal hygiene. May 13th, 2015 ― Doha: Qatar Red Crescent (QRCS) is proceeding with its strategy of medical care and health education for expatriate workers in Qatar, with a view to advancing the health conditions of this important segment of society and improving their personal hygiene. Lately, QRCS has organized five informative sessions for 600 workers of Galfar Al-Misnad Engineering & Contracting W.L.L. Held at the company's worksites in Doha, Al-Shahaniya, Al-Wukair, Umm Salal, and Dukhan, the sessions involved theoretical and practical training in how to observe personal hygiene standards and prevent health problems, particularly communicable diseases and the consequences of smoking. The purpose of these sessions was to raise the health awareness among the beneficiaries, change their common wrong practices, and reduce their morbidity rates, thus helping increase safety and productivity, which will ultimately reflect positively on the Qatari economy at large. A team of four doctors and six nurses taught the multilingual course, which was done in Arabic, English, Hindu, and Urdu to ensure clear and effective delivery of information. In the end of the course, both QRCS team and Galfar Al-Misnad management granted each other certificates of appreciation and agreed to continue the program to cover the company's 4,000 workers. Nuanita Shiti, , Head of Health, Safety, and Quality Section, Galfar Al-Misnad, said the health education given by QRCS to workers is very beneficial for both the workers and the work itself. He commended the efforts in favor of expatriate workers, directing his coordination team to go on with the program in cooperation with QRCS. Mr. Shiti suggested to add mental health to the scope of the program. QRCS urges different companies and institutions working in Qatar to pursue its health education program for expatriate workers in their projects, as well as secure hygiene kits for them, in view of its considerable benefits for the health of workers, which is in the best interest of the beneficiary companies themselves. This prolonged program is inspired by QRCS's commitment to social development and health promotion in the Qatari society. With lower illness rates particularly among workers, there will be less demand on healthcare services and fewer sick leaves. This, in turn, will translate into shorter absenteeism and higher productivity, contributing to the ambitious economic and social development strategy under Qatar National Vision 2030.