I have worked as a doctor in the field of physiotherapy for more than ten years, during which I have met many patients of Arab nationalities who came to the Czech Republic seeking treatment. It always made me very sad to see that patients had to leave shortly after the first signs of improvement because they cannot stay abroad for a long time and I hoped that I would be able to establish a physiotherapy center in one of the Arab countries. During the course of my work, I have received many offers to establish a physical therapy center in the GCC, the first of which came from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, then from the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait. But, all of these offers remained ideas that disappeared when their owners left the Czech Republic and headed back home.
One day I met some brothers from the State of Qatar who proposed the idea of establishing such a center and discussed it with me. I thought that this would have the same fate as the other preceding ideas and discussions, but things were different this time. After returning to Qatar, our Qatari brothers contacted me and asked me to come to Qatar in order to inspect things on the ground and to draw up plans to establish a physiotherapy center with Czech medical staff and equipment. The aim of the center would be to provide physiotherapy treatments that many people from the GCC countries seek abroad. Thus, for the past three years we were working on the implementation of the project, during which I visited Qatar several times. We have also contracted well-known companies that provide physical therapy equipment and chose a highly qualified medical staff in the field of physiotherapy.
On May 22, 2011, we were granted a license from the Supreme Council of Health in the State Qatar. Since then, we have been providing physiotherapy services based on the Czech method of treatment. These services were previously available only to a given number of patients and for a very short period of time. Yet, with the establishment of the Center all patients now have the opportunity to receive therapy throughout the year without having to travel abroad.
Dr. Afif Ali AlSanbani