The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) has launched a national baseline survey on the health and safety of employees in Qatar.
The launch was carried out through a series of workshops attended by over 70 representatives from 55 different government and semi-government organisations. A pilot phase was carried out last month.
The survey is a critical step forward towards achieving the national health target of providing 80% of government and semi-government employees with access to occupational health-based wellness programmes by the year 2022. The data collected will inform decision making on workplace health and wellness initiatives during the coming years.
At the workshops the attendees were provided technical assistance on how to fill in the survey and identify sources of information to facilitate data collection.
‘Healthy and Safe Employees’ has been identified as one of seven priority populations within the recently launched National Health Strategy (NHS) 2018-2022. It reflects the strategy’s population health approach, which aims to achieve health improvements through addressing the health needs of population groups, rather than individuals.
The strategy identifies healthy employees as a key driver for societal development and economic productivity. It aims to achieve health improvements by promoting healthier lifestyles, improving workplace safety and reducing injuries, in addition to improving occupational health capabilities with the health sector.
“We are aiming to work with employers through workshops and awareness sessions to achieve our targets,” said Dr Asma al-Nuaimi, national lead for Healthy and Safe
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