HE the Prime Minister attends event awarding “Healthy City” status to Qatar municipalities
His Excellency Sheikh Khalid bin Khalifa bin Abdulaziz Al Thani, Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, attended a ceremony celebrating the World Health Organization’s awarding of the “Healthy City” status to all municipalities of the State of Qatar, the “Healthy University” status to Qatar University and the “Healthy Education City” status to Qatar Foundation’s Education City.
During the ceremony, His Excellency recognised the achievement of the most recent municipalities to receive the “Healthy City” status, namely the municipalities of Umm Salal, Al Khawr, Al Thakhira, Al Wakra, Al Daayen, Al Shamal and Al Shahaniya. His Excellency also recognised the contributions of Qatar University, which also recently received the “Healthy University” status.
With all of the State’s eight municipalities having now received the “Healthy City” status, Qatar has become the first nation in the Eastern Mediterranean Region to obtain the WHO’s “Healthy City” status, which highlights the great efforts made by the State to provide sustainable and healthier options for the population.
The ceremony was attended by His Excellency Dr Ahmed Al Mandhari, WHO Director for the Eastern Mediterranean Regional Office, in addition to a number of ministers and senior officials. His Excellency Dr Ahmed Al Mandhari stressed that this achievement places the State of Qatar at the forefront of all Eastern Mediterranean Region countries to receive the “Healthy City” status.
Her Excellency Dr Hanan Mohamed Al Kuwari, Minister of Public Health, stressed that this important achievement is the culmination of cooperation and joint efforts by all State sectors providing sustainable options to improve the health and well-being of all people living in Qatar, guided by the wise vision of His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, the Amir of the State of Qatar.
His Excellency Mr Abdulla bin Abdulaziz bin Turki Al Subaie, Minister of Municipality, said that this success reaffirms the value of partnership and cooperation between the various sectors of the State, with the goal of achieving a higher quality of life and improving health, well-being and sustainable development in all parts of the country.
As part of Qatar’s “Plant a Million Trees” Initiative, His Excellency planted the first tree, symbolising the State of Qatar’s desire to improve the health and well-being of its population. Following the WHO’s awarding of the “Healthy City” status to the remaining municipalities, His Excellency planted eight additional trees, representing each of the State’s municipalities. His Excellency also planted two other trees, one representing Qatar University and the other representing Qatar Foundation’s Education City.