You can no longer go to any doctor and ask for a sick leave note when you are feeling a bit under the weather or just don’t feel like going to work or school!
Yup! You read it here, Hukoomi, Qatar’s E-Government portal is now standardizing how doctors issue patients a sick leave. One of the ways that this is done is through ensuring the licensed doctor is registered with the Qatar Council for Healthcare Practitioners (QCHP).
A service available online enables health practitioners to issue e-sick leave certificates for their patients. The council launched the Central Electronic Governmental Sick Leave System, which is cleverly called “E-Jaza” which when read in Arabic, means ‘vacation’ or ‘break’.
E-Jaza was created to ensure that sick leaves were used by “medical practitioners with valid licenses from the Qatar Council for Healthcare Practitioners (QCHP).
According to the official statement describing this system, “the system aims at reducing time, effort and cost in issuing and verifying sick leaves as well as decreasing the errors that happen from manual sick leaves. The system also helps eliminate the misuse and forgery of sick leaves by standardizing and unifying the procedures.”
This is great news for the doctors and advocates of health in Qatar. We are all taking steps towards achieving Qatar’s vision 2030 and allowing doctors to really flourish in their fields by automation and standardization of mundane or simple tasks such as this.
The doctors/ practitioners are instructed to sign in with their accounts, and finding the link to issue an “e-Jaza” and fill in the required information of the patient and why it is necessary to be provided with this e-jaza. They are then to print it, sign it and stamp it with both their personal practitioner stamp and the facility stamp of where they work.
Only E-Jaza certificates issued by Qatar Council for Healthcare Practitioners (QCHP) are accepted in all government and private institutions. As well as only healthcare practitioners licensed by Qatar Council for Healthcare Practitioners (QCHP) are authorised to issue sick leave to their patients.
Obviously, sometimes we can’t control when we would feel sick and not be able to go to work. For that case, make sure that you contact a doctor anyways to see if it is possible to get an e-jaza certificate. My advice is go as soon as you feel possible to ensure that you can get a certificate before you miss a day of work that you didn’t really need to miss.
If you are feeling a little under the weather but not enough so to go to a doctor and merit an e-jaza certificate, then just tell your boss or supervisor that you would take a sick day. Better yet, ask for a sick leave from work. Your boss knows you are not a machine, and that we all get sick sometimes, so take up those sick days that you have saved, even if you just need it to sleep a bit more.
Understanding your limit and what your body can handle makes you more in control of your life and your health than ever before. Take charge of your sick day by visiting a doctor and making sure that you get a regular checkup whenever you can!