Screen For Life Continues Awareness Drive Momentum Across Qatar
The Primary Health Care Corporation will engage in number of initiatives throughout November to raise awareness on early detection
Doha, Qatar – 23 November, 2016: The Primary Health Care Corporation (PHCC), the lead of the national Breast and Bowel Screening Program, ‘Screen for Life’, is continuing its drive to engage with community’s across Qatar on the benefits of early screening.
Throughout November, the ‘Screen for Life’ program will be participating in a number of outreach activities across the state through lectures, workshops and presentations.
A packed schedule of engagement lectures have been arranged with a number of leading companies, communities and institutions across Qatar, including independent schools, Expat Woman community, W Doha Hotel & Residences, Canon Office Imaging Solutions, College of the North Atlantic - Qatar and HSBC and others…
“It is vitally important that we continue our efforts in spreading awareness among the larger community about the benefits of early screening and dedication can have on one’s health. Through the dedicated and tireless work achieved by the ‘Screen for Life’ team throughout the year we are maximizing our reach and ensuring that we have as great of an impact on the health of the community as possible,” Dr Shaikha Abu Shaikha, Cancer Program Manager, PHCC, said.
Those continued efforts coincide with the program’s November campaign which aims to raise awareness among Qatar community. A key focus as part of its support for the campaign will be targeting Qatar’s male and female population encouraging bowel screening.
Furthermore, the Mobile Screening unit will continue visiting various health centers and organizations throughout the year. The schedule for the month of November will cover Madinat Khalifa and Al Sheehaniya Health Centers, Fahad Bin Jassim Kidney Center in Hamad Medical Corporation and the Commercial Bank of Qatar, offering mammogram screening services to eligible women on pre-appointment basis.
PHCC encourages women aged between 45-69 years who do not present any breast cancer related symptoms, to undertake breast cancer screening every 3 years and men and women aged between 50-74 who do not present any bowel cancer related symptoms to undertake bowel cancer screening on an annual basis.
Men, and women, should call PHCC’s dedicated call center number,
800 1112, to arrange for an appointment in advance to avoid waiting times.
About the Breast and Bowel Cancer Screening Program
The Breast and Bowel Screening Program is a life-saving, population-based initiative that aims to promote education, awareness and early detection of breast and bowel cancer in Qatar. Titled ‘Screen for Life’, it is being conducted under Qatar’s National Cancer Program and in accordance with the country’s National Health Strategy 2011-2016, which represents a shift towards preventive and community-based care. The National Cancer Strategy’s key recommendation 5.2 states the need for a population-based cancer screening program in Qatar.
The Primary Health Care Corporation (PHCC), a provider of a wide range of primary healthcare services across the State of Qatar, has been given the authority to lead the program. To ensure its effective and efficient implementation, PHCC has tapped the expertise of an international consortium of companies: Fujifilm from Japan, which supplies medical equipment and information solutions; RadNet from the U.S., which performs clinical and operational services; and, Specialized Medical Solutions (SMS), which provides on-the-ground administrative support in Doha.
For more info please visit www.screenforlife.qa
On 20 February 2012, H.H. Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa AL Thani, Emir of the State of Qatar, issued Emiri decree No. (15) on the Establishment of the Primary Health Care Corporation (PHCC), in understanding of the importance of primary health care to the success and well-being of Qatar. PHCC operates 21 primary health care centers distributed across Central, Western and Northern Qatar. Through these centers, PHCC provides services that focus on disease prevention and maintaining population health, as well as on diagnoses and treatment, for the population—from infants to elderly.
For more information, visit www.phcc.qa