Posted on April 08, 2016

Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) and Galfar Al-Misnad Engineering & Contracting have agreed to include the latter’s 4,000 expatriate workers in a health education programme aimed at increasing health awareness and improving personal hygiene. Of late, QRCS organised four informative sessions for 400 workers at the company’s worksites in Doha, Al-Shahaniya, and Al-Wukair. The sessions involved theoretical and practical training in how to observe personal hygiene standards and prevent health problems, particularly communicable diseases.

The purpose was to raise the health awareness among the beneficiaries, change their common wrong practices, and reduce their morbidity rates, thus helping increase safety and productivity, which will ultimately reflect positively on the Qatari economy at large. A team of four doctors and six nurses taught the multilingual course in Arabic, English, Hindu, and Urdu to ensure clear and effective delivery of information. Also, there were contests among the trainees to make sure they fully understood the content of the course. The winners received 150 hygiene kits and 250 T-shirts.

Satish G Pillai, CEO of Galfar Al-Misnad, said the health education given by QRCS to workers is very beneficial for both the workers and the work itself. He commended the efforts in favour of expatriate workers, directing his co-ordination team to continue the programme in co-operation with QRCS. The CEO suggested to include mental health to the scope of the programme. QRCS has urged various companies and institutions in Qatar to pursue the health education programme for expatriate workers in their projects, as well as secure hygiene kits for them, in view of the considerable benefits for the health of workers, which is in the best interest of the beneficiary companies themselves.

This programme is inspired by QRCS’s commitment to social development and health promotion in the Qatari society. With lower illness rates particularly among workers, there will be less demand on healthcare services and fewer sick leaves. This, in turn, will translate into shorter absenteeism and higher productivity, contributing to the ambitious economic and social development strategy under Qatar National Vision 2030.