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Cooperation between HMC and WHO to Develop Virus Risk Reduction Plan for Older People

22 Apr, 2020 12:00 AMAl Sharq Newspaper, Gulf TimesIntended Audience
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Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) has collaborated with the World Health Organisation (WHO) to develop a Covid-19 risk reduction plan for older people. Global evidence indicates that older adults, especially those with chronic health conditions, are at higher risk of getting severely ill if they contract the virus.

Qatar has been a strategic partner in the WHO’s global efforts to develop guidelines and frameworks for interventions that also focus on at risk population groups, such as older persons.

Accordingly, an elderly telephone reassurance service has been launched on April 18th with staff from the Geriatric and Long-term Care Department at HMC contacting people who are 60 years and older. An additional aim of this initiative is to identify any potential healthcare risks early on and arrange appropriate medical care. This approach aims to reduce the danger of the healthcare issue becoming more acute and possibly requiring hospitalization.

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