Qatar has achieved a significantly low mortality rate in comparison to other countries and has supplied essential medical aid to several struggling nations amid the ongoing novel coronavirus outbreak.
Qatar’s low COVID-19 mortality rate has been commended by the Director-General of the World Health Organization [WHO], Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, who described it as a distinct model for global emulation.
In a discussion to strengthen collaboration between Qatar and WHO on the developments of the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. Ghebreyesus thanked Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani for his support to the global health body, other organisations and countries struggling to contain the spread of the pandemic around the world.
Qatar’s Red Crescent Society has been delivering batches of aid to various countries, such as war-torn Yemen and Afghanistan, in a bid to assist local health professionals to serve the coronavirus-hit areas.
The meeting also discussed ways to bolster cooperation during the 2022 FIFA World Cup through a draft trilateral agreement on health and sports between the Ministry of Public Health, the WHO and FIFA.
The first of its kind agreement will strengthen the role of the WHO and the health sector during the upcoming world sporting event.
During the meeting, Minister of Health Dr Hanan Mohamed Al-Kuwari praised the important role played by WHO, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic, and stressed Qatar’s keenness to continue supporting its programmes.