Free medical services to all COVID-19 patients without discrimination: Lolwah
H E Lolwah bint Rashid bin Mohammed Al Khater, Assistant Foreign Minister and Spokesperson of the Supreme Committee for Crisis Management. File Photo by Salim Matramkot © The Peninsula
H E Lolwah bint Rashid bin Mohammed Al Khater, Assistant Foreign Minister and Spokesperson of the Supreme Committee for Crisis Management, has said that all those who live in Qatar benefit from free healthcare without exception or discrimination especially all COVID-19 infected patients.
She also said that Qatar has great readiness to deal with the coronavirus crisis. “Everyone who lives in Qatar will get free medical services, especially coronavirus patients, without discrimination,” said Al Khater while speaking to Al Arabi TV.
“For fighting coronavirus, the government has not yet resorted to the private sector, however there is a percentage allocated in the event that the state needs it. It will be dedicated to coronavirus patients,” she said.
H E further said that the State of Qatar has built field hospitals with sufficient capacity reaching to 12,000 beds, not to mention the existing hospitals and parts of these existing hospitals have also been allocated to cases related to the coronavirus while other parts for other medical cases in order to avoid spread of infection.
H E Lolwah bint Rashid bin Mohammed Al Khater, said, “There is difficulty in changing some mindsets especially since Qatar has many other nationalities and cultures. Dealing with all these languages and nationalities is not easy, and we have reached out people through media messages in nine languages.”
H E Lolwah Al Khater said that the blockade experience had benefited Qatar a lot especially from the perspective of strategic stockpile and how to deal with crisis.
“Before the year 2017, Qatar was 90 percent dependent on its needs, in terms of food and medicine, on the neighbouring countries. Today Qatar ranks first in the Arab world and 13 globally in terms of food security and has established new factories for masks, disinfectants and sterilisers in addition to the previously existing factories,” she added.
“The strategic stockpile of food suffices us for more than a year and we are working to enhance it. Despite the fact that coronavirus pandemic is a global crisis, Qatar is one of the most prepared to face this crisis especially among Arab countries,” she said.
She also said, “We do not see any indications so far, Qatar has surpassed all the effects of the siege specially in the economic and diplomatic side.” She also said that Qatar Airways has transported about a million people in the recent period, despite restrictions by the siege countries.
Source: The Peninsula Qatar