Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) is encouraging Qatar residents to participate in a ten-day campaign focused on raising awareness about general arthritis and other rheumatic diseases.
The campaign, the first-of-its-kind in Qatar, aims to create avenues for the public to engage in discussions about rheumatic diseases, which affect joints and connective tissues, and to learn from HMC rheumatology experts about preventive steps and treatment options.
“Arthritis is a widespread condition; arthritis refers to pain, swelling, and stiffness of joints in the body. It is highly advisable that when anyone experiences any of the symptoms of arthritis that they immediately consult their physician. Arthritis has the potential to cause permanent disability if not diagnosed within the early stages,” said Dr. Samar Al Emadi, Senior Consultant in the Rheumatology Department at Hamad General Hospital (HGH). “This is the first time we are organizing a wide-scale initiative like this and we encourage everyone to join the campaign to fight arthritis.”
As part of the campaign, a number of activities will be carried out across HMC’s hospitals with events planned at Hamad General Hospital, Al Wakra Hospital and Al Khor Hospital. To allow more members of the public to benefit from expert advice on arthritis and related conditions, health awareness sessions will also be held in Aspire Park next to the Villaggio Mall.
A portable cabin will move between the four venues with staff providing information brochures, flyers, and questionnaires to the public in an effort to spread knowledge about the different types of arthritis, symptoms, diagnosis, prevention and management techniques. All awareness materials will be available in English and Arabic.
The campaign will also comprise of a doctor’s café; an area specifically dedicated for one-on-one consultation between HMC experts and individuals who are affected by persistent and ongoing joint pain. Highly-specialized doctors will offer on-the-spot assistance and provide individuals in need of further care with early referral to a rheumatology clinic.
Free-of-cost ultrasounds will also be performed for those who wish to participate and know more about their joints. In addition, free yoga and workout sessions will be hosted in Aspire Park; participants will have the opportunity to learn exercises that can help improve their joint condition.
Timings of planned activities are as follows:
• Hamad General Hospital: 20 – 24 December from 8 am to 3 pm.
• Aspire Park: 25 – 27 December from 10 am to 2 pm and 4 pm to 9 pm.
• Al Khor Hospital: 28 – 29 December from 8 am to 3 pm.
• Al Wakra Hospital: 30 – 31 December from 8 am to 3 pm.