The Primary Health Care Corporation (PHCC) has marked the 1-year anniversary of its specialized mobile screening unit, which has played a crucial role in the National Breast and Bowel Cancer Screening ‘Screen For Life’ campaign to drive cancer awareness levels across Qatar.
The mobile screening unit had a successful first year of operation, as it facilitated breast cancer screening services for people residing in communities that are not within easy reach of the three dedicated ‘Screen For Life’ facilities at Al Wakra Health Center, Lebaib Health Center and Rawdat Al Khail Health Center. The mobile unit is considered as a moving clinic as it is spacious enough and air conditioned securing high levels of comforts to patients, manned by highly skilled healthcare female professionals trained to efficiently operate the facility’s state-of-the-art equipment offering eligible women free breast screening in total privacy, The mobile unit is also a wheel chair friendly moving clinic for ladies with special needs.
Throughout the past 12 months the mobile screening unit conducted numerous successful awareness and screening tours, in both the public and private sectors, visiting various health centers, government entities and corporations across Qatar, offering breast cancer screening and enhancing awareness levels across the country. It was also utilized for awareness and screening purposes during high-profile events such as Qatar National Day, Qatar Cancer Society Breast Cancer Conference, Al Khor Housing Community and others, highlighting its versatility and crucial role in the fight against cancer.
“The mobile screening unit has been invaluable in our efforts to reach people with our message, raise awareness and ultimately provide eligible women with crucial free screening,” Dr. Shaikha Abu Shaikha, Cancer Program Manager, PHCC, said. “Moving forwards, the unit will continue to form a crucial part of the ‘Screen for Life’ strategy and approach.”
In its second year, the mobile screening unit will continue its screening tours visiting health centers, government entities and private companies offering employees to learn more about the unit and discover its benefits, and getting free breast cancer screening to eligible patients, starting with Madinat Khalifa Health Center, from 7.00am-3.30pm, Sunday to Thursday.