The Primary Health Care Corporation (PHCC) Breast and Bowel Screening Programme, ‘Screen For Life’, participated in the recently held first Combined Gulf Cancer Conference in Kuwait.
During the event, Dr Shaikha Abu Shaikha, manager, Cancer Programme at PHCC, introduced the national programme and its key achievements to leading oncologists and healthcare professionals.
In line with the conference tagline, ‘Awareness Strategy: Reality and Ambition’, Dr Abu Shaikha hosted a session introducing the programme’s vision, mission, values and key achievements that included the inauguration of three dedicated spa-like breast and bowel cancer screening suites staffed by highly qualified doctors, the launch of 'first-of-its-kind' mobile screening unit and a bespoke call centre, with personnel reaching out proactively to eligible people and encouraging them to register for free-of-charge breast and bowel screening, according to a press statement.
In tandem with the operational success of the programme, ‘Screen For Life’ also increased awareness levels by initiating a dedicated team working to engage with Qatar's society and elevate the level of awareness across the local community.
Dr Abu Shaikha completed her address by emphasising how ‘Screen For Life’ plans to expand its reach moving forward and further enhance the awareness of the benefits of early cancer detection through screening.
“The Primary Health Care Corporation is particularly proud of its participation in the first Combined Gulf Cancer Conference. Participation in major events, such as this conference, is hugely important to help spread the message, share ideas and receive health sector updates as the corporation continues to provide Qatar with world-class cancer care,” Dr Abu Shaikha said.
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