No medicine shortage in Qatar: Hamad Medical

 18 Jun 2017 - 10:02

No medicine shortage in Qatar: Hamad Medical
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The Peninsula

Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) has said that health services offered by all its hospitals in Qatar are functioning normally and there is no shortage of medical supplies or medicines because of the blockade imposed on Qatar by a number of GCC countries.

In a statement to Qatar News Agency (QNA), Executive Director of the Corporate Communications Department at Hamad Medical Corporation, Ali Abdullah Al Khater, said the HMC has stocks of medicines and other important medical supplies for many months. 

If some of the supply routes are affected, the HMC will definitely find new suppliers, Al Khater stressed, adding that there is "no risk on public health" because there is no shortage of medicines or medical supplies.

He explained that all HMC hospitals continue to provide the necessary health care to all patients, regardless of their nationalities or countries of origin. With regard to the provision of medical care to residents of the GCC countries that imposed the siege on the State of Qatar or other countries, Al Khater pointed out that the HMC continues to provide medical care for all patients regardless of their nationality.

He said that some Qatari companies are also exploring new trade partners for import of medicines and medical supplies in the future. 

Atilla Kurucayirli, a Doha-based banker with Commercial Bank Qatar (CBQ), told The Peninsula that some Qatari business groups which were importing dairy products and other edible items from Turkey were also negotiating with top pharmaceutical companies of Turkey to import medicines. Kurucayirli, a Turkish expatriate who is facilitating Qatari companies to establish new trade links in Turkey, said that Qatari businessmen were exploring new avenues so that there should not arise any such situation in future. 

A number a private hospitals and clinics The Peninsula spoke to confirmed that there was no shortage of any medicine in Qatar and the supplies were normal.