Health Minister Dr. Ali Al-Obaidi has stressed the importance of benefiting from qualified physicians and trained medical practitioners, who are the backbone of modern health system, to promote sustainable development.
Minister Al-Obaidi made his remarks Friday in his opening speech at the "Updates in Medicine" conference, organized by Kuwait Medical Association (KMA) with participation of a number of top international medical specialists from the US, Britain, Canada, and Arab countries.
The conference's agenda tackles the latest updates in the treatment of heart diseases, diabetes, and chronic respiratory diseases (CRDs), and cancer, he mentioned.
It also comes in line with the ministry's plan of action, and the state development plan, particularly in prevention and response to non-communicable diseases (NCDs).
The two-day conference boosts the potential of Kuwaiti medical system in facing the challenges of assuring the quality of medical care, in addition to patients' safety and rights, Minister Al-Obaidi said.
He noted that KMA is a main partner in implementing the ministry's strategies, health programs, and development programs. Organizing such an event by KMA embodies the commitment to improve the medical sector and keep up with the latest global updates through exchanging of expertise and updating protocols and policies of action, he said. There are so many challenges facing the medical system, not only on Kuwait's level but also on the Gulf, regional, and international levels, he said.
He reiterated the ministry's keenness on keeping up with these challenges through Kuwait's membership of the executive council of the World Health Organization (WHO), GCC health ministers' council, and Arab health ministers' council.
Meanwhile, Dr. Mohammad Al-Mutairi, KMA's President, said that the conference will also focus on six different medical sectors, including general surgery, obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics, medical education and ethics, internal medicine, and intensive care. Over 12 extensive workshops and 33 lectures will be held during the event, he said.