Publication Date: 19 February 2019 Category:Primary News The Ministry of Public Health’s Supreme Committee for Healthcare Communications has launched a new smartphone service, as part of the app "Qatar Health", to provide the public with information about asthma and allergies. The service, which was developed using the combined knowledge and expertise of the Ministry of Public Health (MOPH), Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC), and the Primary Health Care Corporation (PHCC), was developed to help people with asthma and allergies manage their condition. Mr. Ali Al-Khatir, Chairperson of Supreme Committee for Healthcare Communications and Chief Communications Officer at HMC, said inadequately controlled asthma and allergies result in a large number of emergency department visits each year. He said the new service is not intended to replace medical advice or treatment, it does have the potential to help those living with these conditions to better manage their health. “There is no cure for asthma and allergies. For some people, these conditions are a minor nuisance, but for others, they can be a major health problem that interferes with their daily activities and can even be life-threatening. Most patients with these conditions will need individualized, ongoing care to help them understand disease management, triggers, avoidance measures, disease monitoring, and how and when to use prescribed medications,” said Mr. Al Khater.“However, through making information about these conditions more accessible to the public, and specifically how to limit exposure to triggers, we aim to improve the quality of life for those living with allergic diseases, asthma, and other common immunological disorders. Proactive management of these conditions can help reduce symptoms and the disruptions they can cause,” added Mr. Al Khater. Mr. Al Khater said that while the service was designed for asthma and allergy suffers, they hope the resource will be used by the family, friends, and co-workers of individuals with these conditions. He said increasing public awareness about these conditions, and specifically their symptoms and triggers, will help improve the health and wellbeing of those living with asthma and other common immunological disorders. The service contains basic information about allergic diseases, asthma, and other common immunological disorders, management and treatment options, suggested prevention measures, and tips for avoiding triggers.The app "Qatar Health" was launched in May 2018, as an awareness initiative devoted for health, and the app, which is available in Arabic and English, can be downloaded by searching for ‘Qatar Health’ in the App Store and the Google Play Store. It is available for iOS and Android operating systems.