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Public health in Qatar: A review of major sporting events in the past

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Jul-17 23:31 first published at 23:31 PM


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According to a recent study, Qatar’s historical experience with handling major events is evidence that the healthcare industry is prepared for higher crowds.
The study concluded that “the successful implementation of these past projects, which maintained a high level of client and staff safety and satisfaction, demonstrates the importance of project planning and continuous monitoring in project success, even in the face of uncertain circumstances like a global pandemic.”
The study, which was released by the Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU) press, examined Covid-19 screening for the Qatar National Convention Center (QNCC) National Covid-19 Mass Vaccination Project in 2021, the 2020 Amir Cup, the 2020 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Finals, and the 2020 FIFA Club World Cup.
There have already been questions about Qatar’s capacity to manage large crowds in the midst of an ongoing global pandemic, and those questions have been brought up again with less than 130 days until the World Cup opening matches.
The report’s three events were all overseen by Primary Health Care Corporation (PHCC), and the authors noted that each project detailed in this example can be viewed as a success in terms of public health.

Qatar had to successfully create mass vaccination sites and securely conduct important international sporting events while limiting Covid-19 spread during these previous significant events.
Despite this, PHCC played a crucial role in overseeing these significant public health programs. The study concluded that the organization’s capacity to employ a flexible project management methodology allowed it to successfully administer these big public health programmes in the midst of a widespread pandemic.
In November and December 2020, the Covid-19 screening initiative for the AFC Finals and Amir Cup involved screening about 28,000 attendees during that time.
More than 25,000 viewers saw the screenings for the FIFA Club World Cup 2020 throughout the first two weeks of February 2021.
In advance of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, the PHCC also declared a 30 percent increase in supplies and medical personnel earlier this year.
Additionally open around-the-clock for the World Cup are the health centers.
support with health care during the World Cup
A number of measures that will improve and protect health at the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 have also just been approved by representatives from Qatar, the World Health Organization (WHO), and FIFA.
The cooperation, which was first introduced in late 2021, is managed by the leaders of the World Health Organization (WHO), Qatar Ministry of Public Health (MOPH), FIFA, and the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy.
Partners promised to take precautions to stop the spread of Covid-19, and the promises emphasized the safety of everyone taking part in the competition.
The Globe Cup in Qatar is a unique opportunity to develop a new way in which lessons from the pandemic combined with sports and health may be deducted because it is the first international competition in the Middle East and Arab world.
Inside stadiums and fan zones, there will be a variety of healthy food options. They also decided to tighten the laws on smoking in particular areas.
As well as exchanging points with the International Olympic Committee for Paris 2024 and Milano Cortina 2026, they will start issuing collaborative agreements with pertinent nations to “benchmark legacy building initiatives.”
According to WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, “this alliance will help to make the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 a role model for healthy sporting events.”
Gianni Infantino, the president of FIFA, said that it was crucial that the first FIFA World Cup held in the Middle East be the healthiest World Cup ever.

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