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Qatar’s public hospitals to cut back on junk food, says ministry

Ministry of Public Health also considering a local menu in the future

Qatar’s public hospitals to cut back on junk food, says ministry

Qatar’s public hospitals will soon start offering more healthy foods in cafeterias and vending machines, according to the Ministry of Public Health.

Sheikha Dr Al Anoud bint Mohamed al Thani, the ministry’s director of Health Protection and Non-communicable Diseases said Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) hospitals and Primary Health Care Corporation (PHCC) health centres will

"We are now working with the HMC and PHCC on modifying the vending machines and cafeterias to have healthier options," she told Qatar Tribune.

Currently working with the nutritionists from HMC and PHCC to agree on the options, the hospitals will launch the healthy and “safe” dishes after receiving feedback.

"We are also looking to have a local menu in the future, especially for the Qatari citizens. The elderly people sometimes ask for these menus. We are looking to have this in the future," she said.

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