Five health centres set for Qatar's western regionby Kim Kemp on Mar 7, 2016
Qatar's western region is planning a major expansion of healthcare facilities in a bid to meet the needs of the growing population.
Five new health centres will be set up across the region over the next few years - adding to the existing seven centres, Dr Hiyam Ali Al Sada, director of the Western Region at the Primary Health Corporation (PHCC) told Qatar News Agency.
Two of these centres - located in Al Wajbah and Muaither - are scheduled to open by the end of 2016 or beginning of 2017.
The third health centre will open in Al Waab next year, with others planned in Bani Hajar and Ain Khalid.
Al Rayyan Health Centre, one of the biggest in the region, is set to be expanded this year in a bid to cater for the 36,000 visiters received on average per month, Dr Al Sada added.
Mesaimeer and Abu Backer Siddiq health centres see an average 26,000 visitors, while Al Nakhla and Sheehania health centres receive an average 15,000 visitors.
Health centres in less populated areas such as Karana and Jameelia receive relatively less number of visitors.
Of the total patients, about 20 percent are referred to the Hamad General Hospital, especially cases requiring surgery and critical care.
The new appointment system through the Wayyak telephone service has helped organise the functioning of health centres and improve performance.
The system will be implemented in Abu Backer and Mesaimeer health centres in July.