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Health Problems In Qatar. Metabolic Diseases: (DM, HTN and Heart and Vascular diseases.) Abdulla Jassim Abdulla Bsc (Health Science) Msc (Medical Statistics) HMC. Magnitude of Problem.

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Health Problems In Qatar

Metabolic Diseases:

(DM, HTN and Heart and Vascular diseases.)

Abdulla Jassim Abdulla

Bsc (Health Science) Msc (Medical Statistics)

HMC


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Magnitude of Problem

  • In a study b/w 2001/2002 Diabetes was main reason for a visit to OPD at a rate of 70.1 visits per 10000 population.

  • Prevalence of Diabetes in Qatar in 1999 estimated about 15% of the population.

  • Prevalence in 2000 38,000.

  • Estimated Prevalence in 2030 88,000.


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  • Hypertension: Second largest reason for visit to HMC OPD , Rate of 54 visit per 10000 population.

  • Prevalence at 8% for over 40 years men, and 19% for over 60% men.

  • 17% in women over 40 years and 37% in women over 60 yeas, therefore twice the rate in men.


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  • Heart and Vascular Diseases: Third largest reason for visit to HMC OPD at 30.4 visit per 10000 population.

  • Prevalence I 1998 23% in men, 29% in women over 40.

  • 45% in men and 57% in women over 60 yeas.


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Cause and Determinants

  • Unhealthy Lifestyle:

  • Obesity.

  • Unhealthy diet.

  • Smoking.

  • Lake of or no Exercise.

  • Genetics


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Current & Suggested Strategies

  • Long term Strategy to minimize risk factors through sharing information and collaboration from multiple disciplines.

  • Enforce the role of Health promotion to increase public awareness.

  • Enforce anti-smoking programs through legal and therapeutic clinics.


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  • Community based Campaigns promoting healthier lifestyles.

  • Introducing these programs into the educational curriculum.

  • Continue to provide expertise in dealing with current patients.

  • Increase Current cases’ awareness through specialized programs.


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  • Attract consultants and diabetes specialists through conferences and seminars to exchange expertise.

  • Regional collaboration through information exchange.

  • Support research in related areas.

  • Establish early detection screening programs.


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Challenges

  • One major Problem is Quality of data regarding health.

  • Validity and reliability of data.

  • Lack of Qualified Personnel in data Management. In 2004 only 1 registered biostatistician recorded.

  • Lack of incentives to personnel qualified as Biostatistician/Epidemiologist.


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