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The Readiness of Primary Healthcare Facilities In Qatar to Deal With Potential Mass Casualty Incidents During The FIFA World Cup 2022

Mathew D, Hubloue I

We assessed the readiness of the Primary Health Care Corporation (PHCC) in Qatar to deal with potential mass casualty incidents during the forthcoming Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) World Cup 2022. The scope of the current disaster plan and the current preparedness of the PHCC were examined critically using a qualitative approach. The relevant personnel were interviewed using a semi-structured interview format. We chose staff members who were responsible for the preparation and implementation of an emergency disaster plan, as well as support staff members who contributed ideas to the team and those who participated in writing the actual plan. The research findings indicated that the PHCC recognises the necessity of investing in a robust all hazard approach plan that could be adapted for a specific event like the world cup. Recognising that the current plan does not cater for a potential mass causality event, the PHCC’s senior management has embarked upon a detailed revision of the current disaster management plan to make it more efficient, practical, and adaptable to the changing demands it may face in the future, by facilitating the management of walking wounded patients.