Workshop on monitoring transitional diseases highlights surveillance plan
04 Dec 2017 - 12:02
The Ministry of Public Health organised a workshop in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO) on “surveillance of transitional diseases, evidence-based surveillance and laboratory surveillance of health care providers in the State”, with the participation of liaison officers and representatives concerned with health departments in several parts of the country.
Director of the Public Health Department at the Ministry Sheikh Dr Mohammed bin Hamad Al Thani, stressed the importance of the workshop in supporting the efforts of the Ministry and its partners in the health sector with regard to the surveillance of transitional diseases.
Representatives from the Ministry of Public Health, Hamad Medical Corporation, Primary Health Care Corporation, Sidra Medical, Qatar Petroleum, Qatar Red Crescent, Armed Forces Medical Services, Police Clinics, Qatar University, Aspetar and the private sector attended the workshop.
The workshop aimed to update and follow up the implementation of the evidence-based surveillance plan and manual in various health sectors in Qatar and to update information and build capacity for health care providers on surveillance of transitional diseases, laboratory surveillance and evidence-based surveillance under the International Health Regulations (2005).
The importance of the establishment of an effective and efficient surveillance system in countries was highlighted during the event as it is a crucial element of the national, regional and global health security agenda and the International Health Regulations adopted by WHO in 2005, which are a major milestone in the use of international law for the protection of health and health security. The purpose of the International Health Regulations (2005) is to facilitate the public health response to the international spread of disease and to establish a global monitoring system for health emergencies that cause international concern and the threat to public health.