Consumer health registered a strong performance in 2022 as the high spending power of the population meant little pressure on demand. Moreover, increasing interest in health and wellness among the population is due to the efforts of the government to promote better diets and more active lifestyles in response to the country’s very high obesity rate.
Qatar’s healthcare sector and consumer health industry has experienced significant challenges as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, as in most other countries around the world. This could be seen most clearly in a lack of resources at the peak of the pandemic in terms of medical staff, budget constraints flying from suppressed demand for gasoline and other petroleum products around the world and the increased burden placed on the national budget by the state support programmes that were implemented in response to the harsh and uncertain economic environment that unfolded in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The interruptions that the COVID-19 pandemic course global supply chains was a huge wake-up call for the government of Qatar as it laid bare the country’s reliance on imports for a wide variety of essential products. This led to a more intense push towards greater self-reliance as a nation, a process that had already been building since around 2017, as Qatar looks to become increasingly, if not completely, self-sufficient in many areas.
Qatar is one of the richest nation states in the world. As a result, people generally benefit from a high standard of living and strong purchasing power.
Qatar being one of the richest countries in the world has witnessed tremendous investment and growth in its infrastructure not only in the country’s capital but also in other developing cities such as Lusail. The most recent monumental breakthrough was the opening of the cost effective and well-connected metro system that only costs QAR2/trip and provides a lot of lower-income individuals not only greater mobility but also at a lower cost that they can afford.
The Pharmacy and Drug Control Department (PDCD), which operates under the auspices of the Ministry of Public Health, handles the registration of OTC products by ensuring proper registration and quality control to regulate supply and consequent consumption of them. Labelling of these products is in both English and Arabic so as to meet the needs of the local population as well as the country’s many expatriates The process for registering and labelling products remains unchanged from last year.
Vitamins and dietary supplements are high in demand in Qatar and this is a reflection of the general deficiencies of vitamin D and vitamin C among the local population as well as the increased demand that has been seen since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Sales of these products are tightly regulated, with the government registering products in the same way as with the registration of OTC medicines as per the actions of the Pharmacy and Drug Control Department (PDCD) under the Ministry of Public Health.
Consumer health is set to become an increasingly important consumer goods industry in Qatar in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Even as the numbers of cases fall and as infections become less severe, the situation is being brought under better control and the country has been opened up fully, with no restrictions on the movements of the general public now in place.
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