Posted on March 11, 2019

The Community Outreach and Public Engagement Committee (COPE) at the College of Pharmacy at Qatar University (QU-CPH) recently held an outreach event on “Atrial Fibrillation” at Landmark Mall.  The campaign aimed to raise public awareness about atrial fibrillation, the most common form of arrhythmia. Despite being asymptomatic in many cases, atrial fibrillation predisposes patients to an increased risk of life-threatening strokes.

The campaign engaged more than 30 volunteers from CPH students and 14 faculty members and attracted a large number of visitors. The students were on hand at the booth and enthusiastically engaged with the public to educate them about atrial fibrillation symptoms, risk factors, and available therapies to prevent complications such as stroke and other associated acute conditions. Furthermore, several services were offered for visitors during the campaign including a free pulse check and an evaluation of their atrial fibrillation risk factors.

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In his remarks, CPH Dean Dr Mohammad Diab said: “It was our great pleasure to inform the public about atrial fibrillation and how to prevent its devastating consequences. This campaign is part of the continuous effort of CPH to actively contribute to the national effort for a healthier nation. This event witnesses our commitment to the college’s vision in advancing healthcare in Qatar and increasing public awareness about disease and medication.” Commenting on the campaign, CPH Associate Professor and Chair of COPE Dr Abdelali Agouni said: “Stroke is the leading cause for disability worldwide, and sadly it presents at a young age in Qatar and therefore it was timely for us, as the first pharmacy college in the country, to raise public awareness about atrial fibrillation, a major risk factor for stroke.”

Third-year pharmacy student, Sarra Koummich said: “I was pleased by how people were open to what we were doing. Many visitors approached us and showed interest in knowing more about the campaign. The best thing was that people were very pleased that we, as pharmacy students, are spreading knowledge and helping them know more about diseases.”

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