The Ministry of Health will celebrate the World Hepatitis Day on Tuesday during which the Digestive System units in public hospitals will organize a public awareness campaign on the prevention of hepatitis B and C, reports Al-Jarida daily.
It has been reported that three percent of the people in Kuwait are suffering from hepatitis while the global rate ranges from two to five percent. The ministry also unveiled its plan to introduce a new medicine for hepatitis and it has been found to be 99 percent effective, making Kuwait the first country in the Arab and Gulf regions to use this medicine.
Meanwhile, the World Health Organization (WHO) and other health agencies have been exerting tremendous efforts to combat hepatitis. According to WHO, hepatitis is an infectious disease and there are various types known as hepatitis A, B, C, D and E affecting millions of people in the world. The organization revealed the severe and chronic types cause the deaths of 1.5 million people every year, especially types C and B. It went on to say there are a number of ways to prevent this disease but usually the issue is ignored.
The Ministry of Health is preparing to supply health care centers and public hospitals with modern medical equipment or devices and their accessories to better serve the patients, reports Al-Qabas daily quoting sources.
Sources affirmed the ministry has obtained approval from the concerned supervising bodies to supply these equipment or devices with an estimated total cost of KD 4.122 million, in addition to the Anesthesia and Intensive Care units at a cost of KD 166,000. Sources revealed the Radiation and Radiation Therapy departments in Razi Hospital, as well of the General and Special Surgeries departments in Jahra Hospital will be provided with medical equipment and accessories at a cost of KD 209,000.
Sources confirmed the ministry is keen on providing various kinds of modern medical equipment and medicines to all departments and sections, to guarantee ample supply and to improve services for the patients.
Source: Arab Times