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Middle East Federation of Organization of Medical Physics
Middle East Federation of Organizations of Medical Physics

Radiation Protection Courses in Qatar During COVID-19

In the face of the major challenges brought about  by the global pandemic, the Medical Physics Section (MPS) in Hamad medical corporation (HMC) Qatar  sustains its Radiation Safety Program including the compliance with the regulatory requirements needed by our radiation workers which is one of the major pillars of the program.

In August of 2020, as the pandemic situation began to subside and stabilize, and the government started to ease restrictions, the radiation protection training courses resumed in HMC. These courses are pre-requisite legal requirement for the application and renewal of radiation license for all radiation workers that is exclusively conducted and provided by MPS.

These one-day courses were run in compliance to the strict Ministry of Public Health guidelines for educational gatherings for everyone’s commitment to providing a safe training environment. This includes social distancing in the seating arrangement, evidence of green status on participants Ehteraz application as well as temperature check before entering the training room. Wearing of face mask at all times was also strictly adhered to.  Alcohol sanitizers and gloves (if needed) were also made available to the participants as a supplement to hand washing facility which is also available in the training venue. 

Three courses were conducted dated August 12th, 19th and 26th with over 40 staff registered in each session. Due to high number of registrations with limited slot for each session, it was decided to hold more trainings courses in September, October and November, in total 9 training course were conducted. This has been made possible with the full support of the staff of Medical Physics Section who has been the speakers providing informative topics and discussions with regards to radiation safety, occupational and medical exposure.

With 9 Radiation Protection Courses conducted in the past 4 months, a total of about 280 radiation workers were in attendance. The highest number of attendees are Technologists  (24%) and Nurses (21%), followed by Radiology Doctors (19%), Non-Radiology Doctors (11%), Dental Assistants (8%), Technicians (5%), Radiation Therapists ( 5%), Operation Managers / Supervisors (3%), Medical Physicists 2% and Oncologists 1%.

In terms of facility, participants from Hamad General Hospital were (43%), from Al Wakra Hospital (11%), The Cuban Hospital (9%), NCCCR 20 (22%), Rumailah Hospital (5%), Heart Hospital (4%), Al Khor Hospital (2%).  Other facilities including the Bone and Joint Center, Communicable Disease Center, Hazm Mebaireek General Hospital and Ambulatory Care Center provided (1%) participant each.

The MPS Section of OHS Department is committed to continuously provide a safe working environment for radiation safety workers, amidst COVID-19 pandemic.

By : Dr Hassan Kharita

December 7th 2020
mefomp reporter


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