WATCH: Health Minister urges public to follow prevention guidelines during Eid Al Adha

WATCH: Health Minister urges public to follow prevention guidelines during Eid Al Adha

By QLNews

Eid Al Adha 2020 is almost here! Although this year's celebration will be quite different from previous years, the easing of several COVID-19 restrictions in Qatar has brought forth some activities that citizens and residents can engage in over the Eid holidays. 

The blessed occasion of Eid Al Adha happens to coincide with Phase 3 of Qatar's gradual lifting of COVID-19 restrictions, which sees many essential changes including additional mosques and permitting Friday and Eid prayers, the opening of beauty centers and barbershops, the opening of gyms and sports clubs, and the expansion of social gatherings to 10 people indoors, and 30 people in open spaces, among others.

Amid all this, competent authorities have continued to stress that everyone must play their role in protecting themselves and the wider community against COVID-19 by following all recommended preventive and precautionary guidelines.

The Minister of Public Health Dr Hanan Mohamed Al Kuwari along with key figures of the country's health sector, yesterday reiterated the same, while extending Eid greetings to the people of Qatar. 

In a series of posts on social media, the following advice was shared with the public:

"As Eid al-Adha will soon be upon us, we advise all to adhere to the precautionary measures issued by the Ministry of Public Health to prevent an increase in cases during the Eid season and protect our at-risk communities," said HE the Minister of Public Health.

Chairman of Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC)'s System-Wide Incident Command Committee (SWICC) for Covid-19 Dr Saad al-Kaabi reminded the public "to continue to abide by, and never compromise on the precautionary measures in place (to curb the spread of COVID-19)."

Chair of the Healthcare Communications Committee, MoPH, Ali Al Khater said, "Ehteraz application helps protect the community from COVID-19 and promotes adherence to the precautionary measures against the virus in Qatar."

Director of HE the Minister of Public Health's office, Mohamed al-Naimi underlined the importance of maintaining physical distance by leaving a gap of at least 1.5 meters between people.

"We encourage everyone to maintain a safe physical distance (at least 1.5m) between you and others, wear a face mask, wash your hands regularly or use a hand sanitizer while in public places," said Dr Mariam Abdulmalik, managing director of the Primary Health Care Corporation (PHCC).

The medical director of Hazm Mebaireek General Hospital, HMC, Dr Ahmad Al Mohamed, highlighted that there is no need to wear a mask while exercising outdoors.

Chief human resources officer at HMC, Fatima Haidar, reminded that a maximum of 80 percent of staff can resume work at their workplace (in Phase 3 of the gradual lifting of Covid-19 restrictions), with 20 percent continuing to work from home.

Deputy chief of Quality, director of Hamad Healthcare Quality Institute - HMC, Nasser Al Naimi, reminded that social gatherings during this phase are limited to 10 people indoors and 30 outdoors.

"Individuals aged 60 years and above are advised to avoid social gatherings as much as possible," Dr Hanadi al-Hamad, medical director of Qatar Rehabilitation Institute - HMC mentioned.

"The COVID-19 pandemic will continue to recede as long as people adhere to the precautionary measures in place (to curb the spread of the virus)," Dr Abdullatif al-Khal, co-chair of the National Pandemic Preparedness Committee and HMC's head of Infectious Diseases, highlighted.

Dr Hamad Eid Al Romaihi, Health Protection, and Communicable Diseases manager at the MoPH, said, "Make sure to protect your loved ones who are elderly and suffering from chronic diseases."

"The continued adherence to COVID-19 prevention guidelines during the Eid Al Adha holidays is important for your safety and for the well-being of the wider community," said Alyaa Hassan J al-Kuwari, Director of the Public Relations and Communication Department, MoPH.

"Call the national hotline (16000) for all inquiries. The hotline is operational 24/7," she said.

More advice from the health sector staff is available here

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