(MENAFN - Arab Times) The Director of Overseas Medical Treatment Dr Mubarak Al-Ajmi has said the Ministry of Health last year sponsored the treatment of 2,000 patients abroad, while each of the patients had one dependant and in exceptional cases, the dependants were two, reports Al-Shahed daily.
Dr Al-Ajmi noted the department has approved 10 percent of the applications for overseas treatment, while others have been rejected because they do not meet the criteria. He affirmed, "We understand the need for some patients to receive medical treatment abroad, but we are constrained by regulations governing our activities and people must understand that we are operating under the best regulation, which does not require any major amendment."
Meanwhile, Al-Anba daily reported the Ministry of Health has amended the job title of Health Attach at three missions abroad, which now becomes Head of Health Office. The missions are Washington where Dr Abdullah Al-Wated heads, Jordan office headed by Dr Abdul-Aziz Enzi and the office in London managed by Dr Yaqoub Al-Tammar.
The daily added the amendment became necessary based on the demand of former holders of the position, noting the new job title attracts certain professional and monetary benefits.
In another development, Ministry of Health is planning to employ women in the Medical Emergency Unit as technical assistants, reports Al-Anba daily quoting ministerial sources.
They revealed that several female students graduated recently from the Public Authority for Applied Sciences and Training who are capable of working as technical assistants in Medical Emergency Unit of the Ministry of Health.
They indicated that six female graduates have been recruited into the Medical Emergency Unit and are currently undergoing training courses on Medical Emergency.
They disclosed that the ministry is studying the possibility of recruiting women in the emergency centers for dealing with cases that require female attention. And, under auspices of Kuwaiti Minister of Health Dr Mohammad Barrak Al-Haifi the colon and rectal cancer conference will open in Kuwait on Feb 15.
The conference will review the latest advances in preventing, diagnosing and treating colon and rectal cancer, Dr Salem Al-Shimmari, head of the chemical treatment unit of Sheikha Badriya Al-Ahmad Center said Friday.
"World-renowned colon and rectal surgeons from the United States, France and Canada will share experience with their Kuwaiti peers on the related surgeries and chemical medication," Dr Al-Shimmari, also head of the lymphoma and stem cell plantation unit of the center and chair of the conference, noted. The conferees will discuss, inter alia, the prevalence rate of the disease in Kuwait and other GCC countries, and a number of researches on best medical practices approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), he added.