Government Communications Office statement in response to The Guardian’s article

Qatar

The Government of the state of Qatar issued a press release on Wednesday stating that “the health and wellbeing of everyone in Qatar is of the utmost importance to the government. Every lost life is a tragedy, and no effort is spared in trying to prevent every death in our country.”

There are over 1.4 million expatriates living in Qatar who hails mainly from India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Nepal. Among these expatriates are students, seniors, and employees who works in different sectors. The government also added that “all have contributed to Qatar’s economy and sent home remittances that support their families and home nations.”

The press release also mentioned that “unfortunately, of the millions of residents from India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and Nepal who have lived in Qatar from 2011 to 2019, a very small percentage have sadly passed away. Although each loss of life is upsetting, the mortality rate among these communities is within the expected range for the size and demographics of the population.”

There had been a massive improvement in the medical and healthcare system by the Qatar government for the past 20 years, as the region saw an enormous change in their diverse population.
The government communications office also affirmed that “Qatar invests more per capita in healthcare than any other GCC country. All citizens and foreign nationals have access to free first-class healthcare, and continue to implement policies to further improve the health of the population.”

In addition to the existing betterment seen in the decline of virus cases, government assured that “Evidence of this progress can be seen in our handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. First-class healthcare and extensive measures were put in place to protect everyone in Qatar. This has resulted in fewer than 300 deaths – one of the lowest rates in the world.”

The mortality rate in Qatar saw a constant decline over the past decade since the government launched new healthy and safety reforms. Government also stated that “we expect this downward trend to continue in the future.”

To reduce the fast-spreading virus in the country, Qatar has raised its awareness and also warns its citizens and residents by stating: “As part of our efforts to reduce the mortality rate further, we have raised awareness of health risks such as smoking and an unhealthy diet, strengthened health and safety laws, launched mental health initiatives including a mental health hotline in multiple languages, imposed strict penalties for dangerous driving, and encouraged an active lifestyle. There are strict punishments, including jail time, for business owners who violate safety standards or limit on summer working hours.”

The press release issued by the government communications office concluded that “going forward, Qatar is committed to making further progress to strengthen safety and healthcare standards for everyone living and working in our country.”

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