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Qatar: Public Health Ministry organize a workshop for school health service providers

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The Ministry of Public Health of Qatar on Monday organized an Asthma-Friendly Schools workshop for school health service providers. This workshop was for all the government primary, middle, and secondary schools from various educational levels.

It is to be specifically mentioned that About 400 health personnel participated in this workshop. Moreover, during the seminar, the Asthma-Friendly Schools Program was introduced. Many other important topics were discussed, such as the causes of the disease and its symptoms, identifying its irritants and avoiding them inside the school premises.

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The workshop also includes how to use  dynamometer device and the Correct flow of air from the lungs and asthma medications so that students with asthma in schools can be trained to use the medication and device accurately.

Dr. Maya Al-Shaiba is a supervisor and is also responsible for implementing the Asthma-Friendly Schools Program at the Ministry of Public Health state. He also said that the Ministry is cooperating with Hamad Medical Corporation, Primary Health Care, Sidra Medicine and all other stakeholders in order to improve the quality of life for sick students who suffer from asthma.

The workshop aimed to provide hassle-free education to Asthama-affected students. Ways also discusseed how to reduce the rate of absence among students  with asthma and improve their academic performance in coordination with the Ministry of Education and Higher Education.

Musaab Muhammad Ahmed Fadl, Supervisor of School Health Nursing in the Operations Department at the Primary Health Care Corporation, while addressing the workshop, appreciated the extended partnership with the Asthma-Friendly Schools Program at the Ministry of Public Health, which is focused on serving students with asthma in order to improve their health and academic achievement.

At the occasion, Mahdi Al-Adly, an allergy and immunology consultant at Sidra Medicine, explained that the Asthma-Friendly Schools program is one of the ambitious and unique programs that revolve around understanding the disease, its dimensions, and how to manage it by identifying and documenting cases of students with asthma in schools participating in the program, providing rapid access to medication.

Workshop also discuse for  establishing A mechanism to address school-wide asthma exacerbations and to identify and reduce exposure to asthma attack triggers within the school environment.

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Dr Amani Al-Khatem, a specialist physician at the Ministry of Public Health, said that the program was implemented in primary schools  in previous years, where more than a thousand male and female students with asthma were trained on how to use the medicine and lung airflow force measuring device correctly.

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