Minister opens SCH tent at Darb-El-Saii

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A health tent at Darb-El-Saii set up by the Supreme Council of Health (SCH) is offering free medical check-ups for visitors as well as vaccination against seasonal influenza.

Minister of Public Health H E Abdullah bin Khalid Al Qahtani yesterday opened the activities at the tent, in the presence of senior officials from the SCH, Hamad Medical Corporation, Primary Healthcare Corporation, National Health Insurance Company and a number of visitors. National Day celebrations at Darb-El-Saii will continue until December 20.

The Minister said on the sidelines that the SCH tent this year has compiled all services in one place and has activities suiting all age groups to raise health awareness among the public.

Vaccines for seasonal influenza is offered for visitors in the afternoon in addition to checkups for blood pressure, blood sugar, Body Mass Index (BMI), among others.

A campaign dubbed Our Future is Our Health seeks to raise awareness about lifestyle and nutrition, importance of physical activity and dangers of energy drinks and smoking.

The pavilion also features a healthy studio allowing visitors to take pictures in uniforms of nurses and doctors.  There is also workshop for little doctors, little pharmacist, colouring competition for children focusing on health and cooking contest in healthy food. Doctors are in hand to educate the public on first aid for emergency cases and other health issues.

The Ministry of Economy and Commerce is also taking part has also set up its tent at  Darb-El-Saai, with activities focusing  on raising public awareness on consumer rights and sound consumption habits.

The Ministry’s programme will feature several interactive activities, competitions and events targeting all age groups. The activities will take place in the morning and in the evening at the Ministry’s pavilion at Darb-El-Saii, which has been divided into three main stations; a trade station, a consumer station and an economy station.

A series of lectures titled “read-compare — decide” designed to raise awareness among the public about consumer rights, sound consumption habits and positive shopping practices will be presented.

A workshop will be held to familiarise the public with the role that field inspectors play in fighting commercial fraud. Original and counterfeit goods will be displayed to demonstrate to the public exactly how to distinguish between them.

Officials from the Ministry will also acquaint visitors with the young merchant program, which was developed by the Ministry to promote trade and investment planning and to encourage future investment projects by providing information and advice to all age groups including children.

Activities include Q&A competitions that aim to raise public awareness about key services and areas covered by the Ministry of Economy and Commerce  such as Consumer Protection and Economic Affairs.

Meanwhile,  Qatar Foundation (QF) officially kicked off its 2015 National Day celebrations at Darb-El-Saai yesterday.

QF’s tent was visited by H E Sheikh Khalifa bin Hamad Al Thani; H E Salah bin Ghanem bin Nasser Al Ali, Minister of Youth and Sports; H E Dr Mohammed Abdul Wahed Al Hammadi, Minister of Education and Higher Education; and Rabia Mohamed Al-Kaabi, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Education and Higher Education.

The dignitaries were given a special presentation about Qatar Foundation’s various activities and events during the National Day Celebrations. The VIPs walked around the tent as children joyfully gathered and participated in the array of festivities, such as the educational ‘Flag Flip Board’ game presented by Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Qatar (GUQ) and the ‘Robotics’ activity offered by Texas A&M University at Qatar (TAMUQ).

This year, the activities are focused on five main themes: Education and Lifelong Learning; Research and Innovation; Culture and Heritage Preservation; Sustainability; and Sports, Health and Wellbeing.