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Qatar Health 2009, the premier international medical congress and exhibition in the Middle East, was formally inaugurated today at the Doha Exhibition Centre.
The opening ceremony was presided over by Dr. Hanan Al-Kuwari, Managing Director for Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) and the guest of honour was Qatar’s Minister of Public Health and Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Health, H.E. Abdullah bin Khaled Al-Qahtani.
The five-day congress, which has been organized by Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) and Qatar Expo under the auspices of H.H. the Heir Apparent Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani will also feature workshops, alongside the 13 tracks presenting different fields of medical care.
Qatar Health 2009 aims to showcase the advances in health care in the State of Qatar, as well as the GCC and globally.

The congress will feature over 200 international speakers from over 20 countries, who will be joined by more that 100 Qatar-based health care professionals presenting the latest medical research at the conference. In addition to this, the exhibition will feature 100 exhibitors, presenting up-to-date medical equipment, technology and services.
"We recognize that in order for us to provide a comprehensive service to our patients, we have to look not only at the immediate treatments provided by doctors and nurses, but all the auxiliary care that is equally important", said Dr. Hanan Al-Kuwari, "It is with this in mind that we have been structuring the growth and development of our organization and this is also how we have developed the framework of Qatar Health 2009."
"A key pillar of our Emir’s vision for Qatar is the provision of high standard healthcare for all. In support of this vision, Hamad Medical Corporation takes the responsibility of caring for the members of the community very seriously and we have focused our resources on raising overall standards within the healthcare sector in our country. In recent years we have taken extraordinary steps to build a new foundation to support Qatar’s healthcare system to better care for a rapidly expanding population- and I think I can safely say that Qatar has one of the best in the region."
The 13 tracks being presented at the conference, which ware hoped to attract over 2,500delegates from the medical sector with a further 2,000 visitors from the general public, will give an overview of HMCs well-rounded patient care programme. A notable feature of the event will be lectures, abstract presentations, discussions and debates alongside workshops.
The congress and exhibition, the fist of its kind to take place in Qatar, is to be an international forum for the exchange of knowledge by healthcare professionals, from within Qatar and based at major medical centers around the world.
Qatar Health 2009 comes in light of recent steps to build a foundation for Qatar’s healthcare system, to create better care for the fast expanding population. This has largely been to build a health system targeting and preventing as much as managing diseases.
Abdul Wahab Al-Musleh, Head of Accidents and Emergency at HMC said, "Qatar Health 2009 is the culmination of months of planning and collaboration by multidisciplinary teams within HMC under the leadership of our Managing Director Dr. Hanan Al-Kuwari."  He also said that HMC has put together a major exhibition at the latest advances in healthcare research and technology, featuring leading edge products and services.
Qatar Health 2009 is set to finish on 16th December 2009, with workshops proceeding for several days afterwards. 

H.E. the Minister of Public Health and Secretary General of the Supreme Health Council Abdullah bin Khaled Al-Qahtani has praised the "Qatar Health 2009", the premier international medical conference and exhibition, which was formally inaugurated today at Qatar Exhibition centre.
In remarks to reporters after inaugurating the conference, H.E. the Minister said Qatar Health 2009 brought under one umbrella scientific and technical aspects through the convening of scientific conferences that cover many medical disciplines and the displaying by companies of the state-of-the-art medical products and equipment that would help services providers, as well as participants to promote their work.
With the presence of such caliber of specialized speakers and experts as well as medical companies, Qatar Health 2009, is viewed as an international event placing the health sector in Qatar on the world map.
holding many diversified medical conference under one congress, as the case in Qatar Health 2009, would serve as an ideal solution in terms of the exploitation of the participants’ time and the also the exploitation of resources.
Mr. Al-Qahtani lauded the scientific value of the congress’ health topics, the presented specializations and the speakers, praising in the meantime the massive participation by the exhibiting companies and corporations which will showcase their state-of-the-art medical technologies.
He stressed the significance of the continued holding of medical events as means of contacts, exchange of expertise and information among participants from within and abroad, that would contribute to the development of the health sector.
Mr. Al-Qahtani underlined the Supreme Health Council support for the medical sector in Qatar on both public and private levels saying "it is part of the Council’s responsibility that would result in upgrading that sector’s efficiency and in enhancing the State of Qatar’s status in this field."
On the plans drawn up by Supreme Health Council to encourage the youth to join the health sector, the Minister said the Council spared no efforts to encourage the youth to join the health sector in accordance with plans drawn up to this effect.
He said the Council has been maintaining incessant contacts with concerned institutions in the state such as Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF), Weill Cornel University-Qatar, Qatar University’s Faculty of Pharmacy to achieve that goal, referring in this respect to a plan aimed at approaching secondary school students at independent, semi-independent and private schools to encourage them join medical education and field.

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