Doha: In compliance with the guidelines and requirements for sports events to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) along with Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) and the Primary Health Care Corporation (PHCC) held a sports day march to celebrate the National Sports Day on Tuesday at Hamad Bin Khalifa Medical City.
The Ministry of Health encouraged everyone to participate in both personal and outdoor exercises while adhering to health guidelines and requirements during this year’s National Sports Day. Physical activity should become a daily habit and a way of life for all people.
Health care protocols and public health measures were issued by the MoPH for National Sports Day, in order to guide sports participants and spectators on how to conduct safe sports activities and to ensure that public health measures are taken to minimize the risk of transmitting the Covid-19 virus before, during, or after the event.
“Sports Day clearly demonstrates the great interest of the wise leadership in the health of citizens, as Qatar is the first country to dedicate a sports day as an official holiday, during which sports events are organized to promote awareness of the importance of sport and its role in the lives of individuals and society. The State has also provided facilities and means to promote sports such as playgrounds, pedestrian and cycling tracks and parks to encourage members of society to adopt physical activities as a lifestyle,” said HE Dr Hanan Mohammed Al Kuwari.
She also highlighted that the ministry’s health message is reinforced by the sports day. The ministry aims to engage the community in order to maintain the population’s public health. This is accomplished through the national health policy, which places a strategic emphasis on health promotion and prevention. It’s the goal of the ministry to help people live long and healthy lives by encouraging them to be active.
“This year’s sports day is characterized by the fact that Qatar is preparing to organize the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022. Through the cooperation between MoPH, the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy, WHO and FIFA, we are seeking to create a legacy of health and sports, where joint activities will be established to promote healthy lifestyles, health security and physical and mental safety during the event,” she added.