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Minister downplays swine flu threat

Health Minister Dr Ali Al-Obaidi (second from right), Fahd Al-Mujil (third from right) and ministry officials inaugurate the center

Health Minister Dr Ali Al-Obaidi (second from right), Fahd Al-Mujil (third from right) and ministry officials inaugurate the center

KUWAIT: Minister of Health Dr Ali Saad Al-Obaidi yesterday said the incidence of swine flu in Kuwait is nothing to worry about, according to WHO global health estimates, stressing the ministry’s keenness to speak frankly with citizens and residents about all similar situations. Speaking after opening the Haya Abdulrahman Al-Mujil Kidney Center yesterday, Obaidi said the ministry is seeking to apply the strategies and protocols developed by World Health Organization (WHO) in order to ensure the safety and health of citizens and residents. He explained that swine flu has been widespread since 2009, adding that the number of casualties began to decline after a global fight against the virus. He said the ministry of health is taking all preventive precautions to halt the spread of infection, pointing to the success of the ministry’s efforts in dealing with more serious diseases such as Ebola and MERS. The minister said flu vaccinations given in August and November have reduced much of the incidence of the disease.

KD 2 million
Obaidi said that the total cost of the kidney center amounted to two million Kuwaiti dinars “It is a generous donation from the Al-Mujil family, and shows how the Kuwaiti people loyally support health projects and initiatives. He pointed out that after the opening of this center, the total number of kidney centers in Kuwait has reached seven. He noted that the center includes doctors, nurses, technicians and administrators, adding that the ministry’s future plan includes bringing in specialists in kidney disease through a fellowship program at the Kuwait Institute for Medical Specialties and a scholarship plan for universities and centers around the world. Fahd Al-Mujil, from the donor’s family, said: “This center has emerged from a Kuwaiti citizen’s responsibility and his role in contributing to nation-building institutions”. He added the Center is now receiving dialysis patients, pointing to other projects by the family of the late Abdulrahman Al-Mujil, with the Nasser Abdul Rahman Al-Mujil center for special needs in Khalidiya set to start its work.

By Faten Omar

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This article was published on 19/04/2015