Healthcare for Children
Find out about the healthcare services and facilities available for parents of babies, toddlers and young children in Qatar...
Health services for babies and toddlers in Qatar are usually provided by paediatricians at a private or government clinic or hospital, depending on the type of medical insurance cover chosen by the parents. It is unlikely that a regular GP will see the child throughout its early years, as in Qatar it is more a case of being seen by whichever paediatrician is on duty at the time of the visit. However, the smaller the clinic the greater the chance of seeing the same doctor.
The main specialist government unit for children is the Outpatient Paediatric Clinic at Hamad General Hospital. Patients may be referred to this unit from one of the Primary Health Care Centres. Alternatively, appointments can be made by calling 4439 5777.
Care of newborn babies
Unlike in some countries, the onus is on the parents to ensure newborn babies are checked up on, as there are no home visits by midwives or health workers. Post-natal consultations can be arranged with the hospital of delivery, and several hospitals run special clinics and Well-Baby programmes, for example Doha Clinic Hospital.
The government is also looking to improve both pre and post-natal care as part of its National Health Strategy five-year plan, which launched in 2011.
A comprehensive immunisation programme run by the Supreme Council of Health covers all the inoculations a child in Qatar needs up to the age of six.
Qatar's child immunisation programme currently offers vaccinations against 12 diseases: tuberculosis, hepatitis B, diphtheria, pertussis (whooping cough), tetanus, haemophilus influenza, polio, pneumococcal infection, measles, mumps, rubella, and varicella (chickenpox).
The website of Hamad Medical Corporation (the main government healthcare provider) has an interactive facility for determining what immunisations are due for an individual child.
The schedule and full details can also be viewed on Qatar's Supreme Council of Health website. The doctor or consultant should also advise of schedules and follow-up care.
Children can be immunised at government hospitals or private hospitals. All babies born in Qatar receive a vaccination card, which states the inoculation schedule and should be brought whenever a vaccination is due. Babies born outside Qatar should have records of any immunisations already received, plus a birth certificate, in order to be granted a Qatar vaccination card. These can be obtained from the Vaccination Centre Unit at Abu Hamour. With this card, vaccinations can be given at most government clinics.