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Qatar has overcome siege impact on pharma sector: HMC official.

QNA Doha QATAR has successfully overcome the repercussions of the siege on its pharmaceutical sector and is working hard to strengthen the sector through carefully studied measures, chairman of the medicines committee at Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) Abdullatif al Khal has told reporters on the sidelines of the pharmaceutical sector conference. Last year, Qatar spent around QR1.2 billion on medicines used by HMC and the Primary Health Care Corporation (PHCC), he said, adding that this reflects the country's keenness on providing health services and medical care to citizens and residents. "The National Health Strategy ensures the provision of high-quality health care free of charge for citizens and almost-free to residents in Qatar. The government health institutions receive tens of thousands of patients daily who receive high-quality medical care and the best medicines available in the world," he said. HMC and PHCC alone provide 14,500 prescriptions every day, or 40,000 medicines per day, while outpatient clinics alone give over 12,000 prescriptions, he said. Khal also pointed to the repercussions of the siege on the pharmaceutical sector and the successful efforts of the State in confronting these repercussions as well as its plans to bolster this vital sector. "There is a new strategy to ensure the provision of sufficient medical stocks for at least 12 months instead of six months that was adopted before the blockade," he said, reassuring citizens and residents that the pharmaceutical sector is strong and that all measures taken by the State succeeded in securing this sector to provide medicines at the same pace as before the siege or even better. Khal stressed the importance of benefiting from the current conditions for building national capacities in the field of pharmaceutical industries and developing a strategy that corresponds to these aspirations.

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Publication:Qatar Tribune (Doha, Qatar)
Geographic Code:7QATA
Date:Mar 11, 2018
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