In accordance with World Diabetes Day, which is celebrated worldwide on 14th & 15th November, Qatar Insurance Company, (QIC) collaborated with Action on Diabetes (AoD), a public-private partnership initiated and funded by Maersk Oil Qatar to arrange AoD’s bespoke diabetes screening bus to visit its offices and test staff’s blood sugar levels and raise awareness of diabetes amongst its employees.
Scheduled from 1st-3rd December, the screening tests were exclusively performed for more than one hundred employees of QIC at the QIC Headquarters located in the West Bay. The screening included checks for Blood Sugar, Blood Pressure, Lipid Profile, Glycated Hemoglobin (HbA1c) and Weight, Height and Body Mass Index (BMI).
Speaking on this activity, Deputy Group President & CEO of QIC – MENA region, Mr. Salem Al Mannai commented, “Besides being a core part of our Corporate Social Responsibility, this initiative reiterates our commitment both as a corporate citizen and as a responsible employer. By raising awareness about this epidemic and embarking upon initiatives such as this, we would like to ensure well-being of all our employees, who we consider our most important asset.”
He further commented, “Aligning our efforts with the recent launch of the seven year Qatar National Diabetes Strategy themed ‘Preventing Diabetes Together’, we want to educate and raise awareness amongst people who may be unaware of the effects of Diabetes and its preventive measures.”
Sheikh Faisal bin Fahad Al Thani, Deputy Managing Director of Maersk Oil Qatar, said:
‘Action on Diabetes is one of our flagship social investment programmes towards supporting Maersk Oil Qatar’s commitment to deliver long-lasting benefits to Qatar and to its people. Early detection for diabetes is vital to allow diabetes to e properly managed and complications prevented and we’re very grateful to Qatar Insurance Company for playing a role in helping to combat diabetes, one of Qatar’s greatest health challenges.’
To promote, educate and spread the message, QIC is running an awareness campaign on its social media account titled “How to Prevent Diabetes?” and is encouraging people to participate by sharing stories, experiences, tips for prevention and control to drive change towards a healthier lifestyle.”
According to World Health Organization (WHO), the number of people suffering from diabetes globally is expected to soar to 592 million by 2035, an increase that health practitioners attribute to a combination of low physical activity and increased uptake of unhealthy food products.
Qatar Insurance Company (QIC) is a publicly listed composite insurer with a consistent performance history of 50 years and an underwriting footprint across the Middle East, Africa and Asia. Founded in 1964, QIC was the first domestic insurance company in the State of Qatar. Today, QIC is the market leader in Qatar and a dominant insurer in the GCC and MENA regions. QIC is one of the highest rated insurers in the Gulf region with a rating of A/Stable from Standard & Poor’s and A(Excellent) from A.M. Best. In terms of profitability and market capitalization, QIC is also the largest insurance company in the MENA region. It is listed on the Qatar Exchange and has a market capitalization of USD 4 billion.
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