For the first time in history, the Qatar Council for Health Practitioners (QCPH) has certified Filipino physicians’ eligibility for the “specialist” title within the said country’s healthcare system.
The recently modified Approved Specialty Qualifications List for Physicians issued by Qatar Ministry of Public Health acknowledges the specialization training acquired by Filipino doctors in the Philippines to make them qualified as specialists in Qatar.
This includes all Filipino physicians who are Philippine Specialty Boards diplomates and have completed their post-qualification degrees with 3 years work experience, unless otherwise stated.
The list was released in April 2017 subsequent to the successful meeting held in Doha in January of top health officials from both countries led by Qatar’s Minister of Public Health Dr. Hanan Mohamed al-Kuwari and Philippine Department of Health Secretary Paulyn Jean B. Rosell-Ubial. DOH’s Bureau of International Health Cooperation Director Maylene Beltran and Medical Mission Group (MMG) Hospitals and Health Services Cooperative of the Philippines Chief Executive Dr. Jose Tiongco were also present at the meeting.
The meeting, which was organized by the Philippine Business Council (PBC), also tackled discussion on MMG’s plan to build a Filipino health institution in Qatar in partnership with Qatari investors. The equivalency of qualifications awarded to duly qualified Filipino doctors is a huge leap towards achieving this plan.
In 2015, the Filipino Medical Association in Qatar spearheaded the discussion on the equivalency of physician qualifications. Philippine Business Council officials noted that such recognition strengthens the competency of Filipino health practitioners in that nation, which will result to bolstering number of qualified physicians addressing the healthcare needs of Qatar’s countrymen. Qatar is one of the countries in Middle East wherein a notably number of Filipino doctors are practicing their profession.
“This is indeed a significant milestone not only for the health sector but for the Philippines as a nation, providing competent Filipino medical specialists to the outside world such as Qatar. This accolade to our very own doctors signifies partnership of two countries to move forward in the quest to raise quality healthcare to a new level,” Secretary Ubial said.
Sec. Ubial added that she is “deeply honored and very proud” and wants “to extend gratitude and appreciation of the Philippine Government and all Filipinos to the Government of Qatar” for supporting and assisting the Philippines to achieve its health and development goals. Lyka Mae P. Chiang
July 2017 Health and Lifestyle