Qatar is ready with a comprehensive major incident response plan for the FIFA World Cup

Doha: The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) and health partners including Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC), Primary Healthcare Corporation (PHCC) and other key organizations in Qatar are ready to activate and roll out comprehensive plans major incident response, if required, at the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022.

As part of the Sport for Health partnership between the MoPH and the World Health Organization (WHO), WHO disaster management experts worked alongside experts from Qatar to support the development of disaster plans. ‘intervention.

MoPH Health Emergencies Department Director Dr. Mohammed Al Hajri explained that Qatar has hosted several high profile sporting events in recent years and the health system has played an important role in supporting the smooth running of the event. these tournaments.

“These events, including the 2019 FIFA Club World Cup, the 2019 IAAF World Championships in Athletics and the 2021 FIFA Arab Cup, have provided the healthcare sector with valuable experience and test its major incident response plans ahead of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022,” added Al Hajiri.

“The health sector’s major incident response plans were rigorously tested in a recent mass casualty simulation exercise. The exercise, the latest in a series of workshops and exercises simulations organized by the MoPH and WHO, tested the health system’s emergency response operations before the tournament, allowing our teams to assess their effectiveness and modify plans and protocols if necessary,” said said Al Hajri.

For her part, the WHO Representative in Qatar, Dr Rayana Bou Haka, said: “The simulation of responses to health and medical emergencies is an essential component of a well-functioning emergency response system. which is prepared.

“WHO is committed to continuing to work closely with the Ministry of Public Health and other stakeholders in Qatar to ensure that services and systems are in place to respond effectively and quickly to emergencies. potential health issues before, during and after this year’s FIFA World Cup. Close coordination with all teams and stakeholders is essential to test procedures, communicate effectively and respond to unforeseen challenges,” added Bou Haka.

HMC Ambulance Service Deputy Executive Director for Events and Emergency Planning, Saleh Al Meqareh, explained the role of the ambulance service’s purpose-built major incident response vehicles. “Throughout the FIFA World Cup, a mobile command unit and dedicated major incident response capability will be present in each of the stadiums on matchdays, which will be supported by a ambulance. The command units act as a real-time communication and relay center for coordinating response plans. They function as mobile command centers through which our response plans can be activated.”

In addition to command units, we will also have a major incident response vehicle in each stadium on matchdays. The response vehicle contains all the necessary resources to create a temporary treatment area on the ground with a variety of air-conditioned tents in which patients can be treated according to their clinical acuity,” explained Al Al Meqareh.

The National Health Incident Command Center (NHICC) at HMC Ambulance Service Headquarters was established in 2020 and, in the event of a major incident, is ready to lead the coordination of Qatar’s health system response at any time, including during the FIFA World Cup. Qatar 2022.

The NHICC coordinates the operations of major healthcare providers in Qatar, including HMC, PHCC and Sidra Medicine, in addition to acting as the healthcare system focal point for the MoPH and other government agencies.

Staffed and operational 24/7, the NHICC has supported healthcare efforts at recent major sporting events, including the Formula 1 Grand Prix and the FIFA Arab Cup, both hosted in Qatar. in 2021.