Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) marked the International Day of Persons with Disabilities by organizing a celebration at its Community Based Rehabilitation Compound in Muaither.
The International Day of Persons with Disabilities is a United Nations sanctioned day that aims to promote an understanding of people with a disability and encourage support for their dignity, rights and well-being.
Dr. Wafaa Al Yazeedi, Head of Medical Rehabilitation at HMC and the Medical Director of the Community-Based Rehabilitation Compound, said, “The theme for this year was “Break Barriers, Open Doors: for an Inclusive Society and Development for All.” “The event aims at raising public awareness about the rights of people with a disability to remove obstacles that can impede their integration into society,” added Dr. Al Yazeedi.
Mr. Osama Abdul Hadi, Assistant Executive Director of Rumailah Hospital and Administrative Director of the Community-Based Rehabilitation Compound, said, “The facility provides rehabilitation and healthcare services to 65 men with disabilities. This care is provided in a safe, restorative and home-like environment.”
Patients, their families and community members participated in the event including Al Hiba Charity Team of Qatar Center for Voluntary Activities, Qatar Red Crescent, Qatar Academy Al Khor and Omama bint Hamza Primary Girls School.
“One of the great advantages of this compound is that it takes people with permanent disabilities away from the hospital environment to an environment that makes them feel at home. This considerably helps to improve their psychological condition,” said Her Excellency Sheikha Lina bint Nasser bin Khalid Al-Thani, Chairperson of the Al Hiba Charity Team. Her Excellency also hoped that a similar facility could be developed for female adults and children with disabilities.
Croatian Ambassador to Qatar, Mr Tomislav Bosnjak, who attended the event, said, “The observance of this day is important to raise public awareness that disability does not necessarily mean isolation or seclusion. We should ensure that more effort is made to make people with disabilities feel that they are part of the community.”