Qatar opens second field hospital with 504 beds
To deliver the best possible care to patients affected by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), Qatar has been keeping a strong focus on ensuring adequate medical facilities in the country's fight against COVID-19.
Earlier, the country transformed some of its existing facilities into dedicated testing and treatment centers and hospitals for COVID-19 patients.
The country also recently set up a 200-bed field hospital for workers in the Industrial Area.
Moving forward with its ambition to protect the wider population and curb the spread of the disease, the country has established a second field hospital, mainly for recovered COVID-19 male patients.
Located in Al Shahaniya- Dukhan Road, the Labseer Field Hospital has been set up by the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) in collaboration with the Ministry of Defense.
The hospital, which is divided into three buildings, has a capacity of 500 beds. It is staffed with 70 healthcare workers, including doctors and nurses.
The healthcare teams, with guidance and close supervision of Her Excellency the Minister of Public Health Dr Hanan Mohamed Al Kuwari, are working diligently to combat the COVID-19 pandemic and protect Qatar’s population, said Dr Abdullah Rasheed Al Naimi, clinical lead of the hospital.
“When COVID-19 patients are discharged from a hospital, they go home and stay in quarantine. There might be some patients who need some more time to recover fully and they are directed to this place. In such cases, many of them will complete the fourteen days of quarantine here before they head for their places,” Dr Al Naimi is quoted to have said by Gulf Times.
“We can receive about 60 patients a day here. Upon completion of the 14-day period, they are swabbed and on finding them negative for Covid-19, they are sent home,” the official added.
Earlier, in an interview with Qatar News Agency (QNA), the Director of the Public Health Department at MoPH Dr Sheikh Mohamed bin Hamad Al Thani had pointed out that the country has designated five hospitals, four health centers and an isolation facility to tackle COVID-19 cases.
Until now, five hospitals have been dedicated to providing integrated medical care to COVID-19 patients. These include: the Communicable Disease Center, Hazm Mebaireek General Hospital, The Cuban Hospital, Mesaieed Hospital and Ras Laffan Hospital.
The four health centers for testing, examining and observing suspected COVID-19 cases are: the Muaither Health Center, Rawdat Al Khail Health Center, and the Umm Salal and the Gharafat Al Rayyan Health Centers.
For any queries, or concerns related to COVID-19 in Qatar, the public can contact a 24/7 hotline set up by the Ministry. The hotline number is 16000 and is toll-free.
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