Posted on February 25, 2018

Qatar University Alumni Association (QUAA) Pharmacy Chapter held on February 24 the “Go Smart” event at Aspire Park, aimed to raise community awareness on health-related websites and social media platforms and to provide the public with tips to evaluate the credibility of these sites.

The event brought together health experts from Qatar University (QU), Aspetar and Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) to share their knowledge and provide ways to assess digital health education in various areas such as nutrition, sports, medication, maternal and child health, skin care, and more.

Attendees included QU President Dr Hassan Al Derham, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Education and Higher Education and QUAA Vice-President Dr Ibrahim Saleh Al Noaimi, and QU College of Pharmacy (CPH) Dean Dr Mohammad Diab, Assistant Dean for Student Affairs Dr Alla Al-Awaisi and Professor and Director of Research and Graduate Studies, Medical and Health Sciences Dr Feras Alali, as well as CPH faculty, students, and staff. The event’s program featured a presentation titled “Technology in medicine” and delivered by CPH PharmD graduate and Pharmacy Chapter President Ms Rasha Abdul Kader Mousa Bacha. 

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In her remarks, Ms Rasha Abdul Kader Mousa Bacha said: “Nowadays, modern technology and social media had invaded our lives in many areas including health, sports, arts and others. This implies the highly dependency of people on social networking for health education, which affects the credibility and reputability of these sites and sources. This event aims at educating the various segments of Qatari society on the importance of getting the right health information from its trusted resources. It is one of our most important responsibilities towards the community as QU graduates.”

CPH graduate and Pharmacy Chapter Vice-President for External Relations Ms Aala Faisal said: “Social communication plays an important role in our lives but when it comes to our health we should be more careful in using it to maintain the effectiveness of the resources usage.”