Around seven hundred Qatar Petroleum (QP) employees have been tested for diabetes as part of a major workplace screening campaign run by Action on Diabetes. Qatar’s new diabetes screening bus was positioned at QP’s Ras Abu Abbound compound and the Al Handasa Building in Doha, allowing medical experts from the Action on Diabetes partnership to test for and provide advice about diabetes.
The proportion of people living with diabetes in Qatar is among the highest in the world, with 16.7% of Qataris having the condition according to a recent Qatar STEPwise report. The results from the screening programme at QP showed that most of the employees tested had normal results in terms of blood glucose, blood pressure and lipid profile.
However, there was in some cases a moderate risk of developing diabetes, the risk factors identified being a lack of physical activity, being overweight, obese and having unhealthy eating habits.
Mr. Ahmed Ali Al-Mawlawi Director Administration at Qatar Petroleum, said, “Having the Action on Diabetes screening bus at two of our sites was a new approach for us and undoubtedly made it easier to raise awareness of diabetes and encouraged our employees to get tested. The insight and analysis from the six days of screening will help our employees to improve their overall health but also help us better understand where we should be focusing our own workplace health schemes. The view and trend of the preventive measures and health promotion activities is supported and encouraged by H.E Dr. Mohamed bin Saleh Al-Sada, Minister of Energy and Industry, Managing Director of Qatar petroleum which provides an opportunity to improve the health and wellbeing of QP community. The next visits will be outside Doha. We look forward to working together with Action on Diabetes again to QP offices.”
The custom made screening bus is fitted with seven testing stations is large enough to accommodate six nurses and two diabetes educators. A full range of testing equipment is installed to allow analysis of things including random blood glucose, HbA1c, Cholesterol, body mass index and blood pressure.
Sheikh Faisal Al Thani, Deputy Managing Director of Maersk Oil Qatar, said, “I commend Qatar Petroleum for supporting our workplace health campaign. Diabetes is one of Qatar’s biggest health challenges but the good news is that type 2 diabetes is preventable if risk factors are identified and lifestyles changed. Early detection allows diabetes to be properly managed and complications prevented.”
Both individuals and companies benefit from the Action on Diabetes workplace health campaign. Those tested receive personalised analysis of their results, complete with colour-coded graphs showing their risk levels, as well as recommendations to improve their score over time. A diabetes health audit is provided to employers along with a final report which aggregates screening results with follow-up recommendations.
The visit to Qatar Petroleum was part of the Workplace Screening Campaign, aimed to raise awareness of diabetes and boost the number of people getting tested for the disease. Prior to this visit, the screening bus funded by Maersk Oil Qatar under its sponsorship of the Action on Diabetes partnership, visited Supreme Council of Health, Al Rayyan TV headquarters and Barwa towers where around 800 people were tested over the past six month. The screening bus is scheduled to visit multiple workplaces in the coming weeks.