QRCS’s Patient Benefit Fund establishes libraries for disabled people
May 23 2019 01:53 AM

The Qatar Red Crescent’s Patient Benefit Fund has stepped up its charitable activities, especially in the field of establishing libraries that serve disabled patients in the State’s therapeutic institutions.
The most recent achievement of the fund in this regard was the delivery of two libraries, both physical and electronic, to serve several sections of Hamad
Medical Corporation (HMC).
The physical library consists of 700 printed books, which will be distributed to seven treatment and specialised centres. The electronic library will include 10 tablets for patients enrolled in the daycare programme in Muaither.
Dr Mohamed Siddiqi, senior consultant in the Community Medicine Department, HMC, said that these libraries will add educational rehabilitation programmes to patients and enhance co-operation with the Qatari Red Crescent in order to provide exceptional service.
This contribution is a continuation of co-operation between the two sides, which in turn contributes to the integration of services provided by different medical and social care institutions in Qatar and present them as an integrated package to benefit patients as much as possible, Dr Siddiqi added.
For her part, Mona Fadhel al-Sulaiti, head, local development at QRCS, explained that the libraries provided educational materials in various fields for the benefit of the resident patients, adding that it also aims to entertain patients and help them make use of information and knowledge available on the Internet.
She added that the Qatari Red Crescent has set up six electronic libraries in the state healthcare institutions with a total of 42 computers distributed to several medical centres and departments, including the Children’s Emergency Centre, Fahad Bin Jassim Kidney Center and mental health services.
This initiative is part of the psychosocial support activities for patients, which helps in improving their mental state and response to treatment. (QNA)

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