Posted on February 06, 2016

The Ministry of Economy and Commerce has successfully hosted a diabetes screening of its employees, organised by Action on Diabetes (AoD), on January 28 and 29 2016. The activity is part of a major workplace diabetes screening programme managed by AoD, a public-private partnership initiated and funded by Maersk Oil Qatar.

The screening took place at the Ministry’s offices in Lusail over the two days and was managed by ten trained diabetes nurses and educators from the Supreme Council of Health, Hamad Medical Corporation, the Primary Health Care Corporation and Qatar Diabetes AssociationThe screening activity is a key strand of AoD’s ongoing efforts to tackle diabetes in Qatar. These efforts focus on educating members of the community and those at risk on the factors that contribute to the condition, and empowering them to avoid and manage it through early detection. It also equips members of the community with simple steps, tools and know-how to safeguard their health.

A custom-made screening bus visited the Ministry’s offices, fitted with a range of testing equipment to allow analysis of blood glucose, HBA1C, cholesterol, BMI and blood pressure. Those people tested at the bus received a personalised analysis of the results, with colour-coded graphs highlighting risks levels, as well as recommendations and advice on how to improve these results over time. A Diabetes Health Audit was also provided to the Ministry along with a final report which aggregated screening results with follow-up recommendations. 

Tareq Al Sada, Director of Public Relations and Communication at the Ministry of Economy and Commerce, said: “This partnership is in line with our commitment to supporting our employees’ health. Since diabetes is one of the biggest health challenges here in Qatar and around the world, this partnership is a great example of our government’s commitment to social responsibility and supporting the people of Qatar.” Mr. Al Sada also expressed his gratitude to all those involved at AoD and thanked them for their efforts.

Dr. Al Anoud Al-Thani, Manager of Health Promotion and Non-Communicable Diseases  at the Supreme Council of Health said: “It’s hugely encouraging that so many people from the Ministry of Economy and Commerce have tested themselves for diabetes at the Action on Diabetes screening bus. This is a huge achievement, and shows that Action on Diabetes is making real progress in raising awareness and increasing public knowledge of the risk factors, signs and complications associated with diabetes. We pledge to continue to support such activity as well as health education for all governmental and non-governmental organisations wishing to support this important initiative.”

Last year, more than 5,600 employees were screened throughout Qatar as part of AoD’s workplace health campaign through partnerships with 20 of Qatar’s largest private and public sector organisations that included Hasad Food company, Kahramaa, Qatar Insurance Company and Qatar University.

Herluf Nis Thomsen, Action on Diabetes Programme Manager said: “On behalf of the Action on Diabetes team, I would like to express my gratitude to the Ministry of Economy and Commerce for its valued cooperation and assistance in helping to combat one of Qatar’s biggest health challenges. Around half of those living with diabetes don’t know they have it, but type 2 diabetes can be prevented if the risk factors are identified early enough and changes are made to improve diet and lifestyle. This is why our screening programmes are so important.”