Officials touring the new Medical Commission unit yesterday. The rush at the Medical Commission in Abu Hamour is expected to ease with the commissioning of the new Medical Commission unit at Industrial Area. The Supreme Council of Health (SCH) yesterday announced the opening of the new unit, financed and established under the supervision of SCH in co-operation with the Ministry of Energy and Industry (MEI). The Qatar Red Crescent (QRC) is managing and running the new unit, which would provide medical services to diagnose infectious diseases in the newly arriving male workers. Around 400-500 visitors a day could be catered to for the purpose of issuing medical certificates to qualify for residency permits in Qatar , according to the procedures of the Medical Commission Department (MCD) at SCH. Dr Saleh bin Ali al-Merri , assistant secretary general of SCH for medical affairs, visited the unit yesterday. He was accompanied by MCD director Dr Ibrahim al-Shaar , QRC board member Dr Abdulsalam al-Qahtani , and Yusuf Ahmed al-Emadi , director of Industrial Areas at MEI, alongside other officials. The services provided by the new unit include X-ray, blood tests, and blood group test, with potential to add more services in the future. Registration for such services is done electronically through the SCH website and all related procedures at the unit would be performed electronically as well. The new unit has been equipped with the latest medical equipment, air purifiers and has display screens to raise the health awareness of visitors during the waiting time. The medical staff working at the unit has been selected from different nationalities to provide easy access for the services to people with different cultures and languages. It works from 7am to 9pm . Another new Medical Commission unit is expected to be opened at Mesaimeer Health Centre next year, and it could handle around 10,000 visitors a month. SCH has implemented various other health projects to enhance healthcare and services in the country. These include a project to create nine more hospitals, three of them for bachelors, and two other facilities for treatment and medical research and 18 new primary health care centres.
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