(MENAFN – The Peninsula) Chairman of the National Strategic Health Group (NSHG) on COVID-19 under the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH), Dr. Abdullatif Al Khal, was honoured with the Braveheart Award constituted by an Indian-based television channel for his role in the prevention efforts of the pandemic in Qatar.
Dr. Al Khal, who also heads the Infectious Disease Division at Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC), was conferred with the award by MediaOne, a popular Malayalam language channel with viewers in Qatar and other Gulf countries, at a special function recently. Ibrahim Nabina, Corporate Communication Manager, received the award on behalf of Dr. Al Khal.
Fifteen health workers, officials, activists, and organisations who played pivotal roles in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic in Qatar were also honoured.
The Braveheart Awards were presented in recognition of Qatar’s exemplary anti-COVID-19 activities, which stand as a model for other countries. Qatar has extended coronavirus treatment to both nationals and expatriates without any discrimination. Along with the expert treatment systems, Qatar’s support and rehabilitation programmes are also excellent.
Facilities such as a telephonic doctor system that enables patients to stay at home and talk to doctors over the phone and get medicines delivered at home, the special COVID-19 app Ehteraz for the general public to know if they are free from the virus and taking samples of older people from their homes for the testing of COVID-19 are remarkable. Over 8,000 patients recovered after treatment from the state-of-the-art hospital at Umm Salal, completed in just three days.
An expert jury selected the award winners from hundreds of nominations from the public. Dr. Mohamed Al Hajri, Director of Emergency Preparedness and Response Department at MoPH, Hazm Mebaireek Field Hospital Director Dr. Muhammd Gaffar Mohammad Ali, and Internal Medicine Special Consultant Dr. Aziz Palol were also honoured for their role in containing the coronavirus spread in Qatar.
The award was also given to Orbis Systems, the developers of Ehteraz, the contact-tracing app that has helped contain the country’s COVID-19 spread. Antoine Chamieh, the company CEO, and Alby Joy, the project director, received the memento and citation from the organisers.
The Braveheart awards’ other winners include Shafeek Kabeer, founder and CEO of Azym Technologies, and Abdullah Ulladath, Managing Director of Kerala Food Centre. Expatriate organisations who played major roles in alleviating the people’s sufferings during the pandemic also won awards. Dr. Joyel Jacob of Indian Doctors Club, P N Baburajan of Indian Community Benevolent Fund (ICBF), SAM Basheer of Kerala Muslim Cultural Centre (KMCC), Muhammad Kunhi of Cultural Forum (CF), S S Mustafa of Youth Forum (YF), and Sameer Eramala of Incas also received awards on behalf of their organisations.
The Federation of Indian Nurses in Qatar (Finq) and United Nurses of India-Qatar (Uniq) representing Indian nurses, were also honoured for rendering excellent services during the peak days of the pandemic.
Also honoured at the function were Dr. Majeed Maliyekkal, Faisal Hudawi, Nijab Sherif Abdul Salam, and Siddiq Alavuddin, who received appreciations from the jury for their services during the pandemic period. Abdul Rahim Edathil, who was active in relief activities and died after contracting COVID-19, was also honoured posthumously.
Abdul Rahim Omassery, the executive committee chairman of Gulf Madhyamam-MediaOne Group in Qatar, K C Abdullathif, Advisory Board member and K T Abdurhman, Patron, and others attended the ceremony.
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