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Kuwait prioritizes hearing health with advanced cochlear implant program

The Ministry of Health in Kuwait has affirmed its commitment to addressing hearing loss by performing 50 to 60 cochlear implants annually, aligning with the country’s population growth.

Dr. Mutlaq Al-Sihan, Chairman of the Council of Ear, Nose, and Throat Departments at the Ministry of Health, emphasized the ongoing efforts of Zain Hospital and Sheikh Salem Al-Ali Center to enhance their services through the establishment of specialized clinics and the provision of advanced micro-devices, reports Al-Jarida daily.

Dr. Al-Sihan highlighted the recent opening of a nutrition clinic at Zain Hospital to assist patients experiencing snoring or obesity issues, aiming to provide guidance on achieving an ideal weight. Additionally, a specialized clinic for chest diseases has been established at Zain Hospital in collaboration with Al-Sabah Hospital, enabling a multidisciplinary approach to research and treat complex cases.

Dr. Maryam Al-Kandari, Head of the Speech and Hearing Department at the Salem Al-Ali Center for Speech and Hearing, reported that approximately 1,500 patients have received cochlear implants, with 70 to 80 experiencing significant improvements in their quality of life. She underscored the importance of raising awareness about hearing loss, particularly among young people, as a key focus of World Hearing Day celebrations.

Sheikha Awrad Al-Jaber commended the Ministry of Health for its exceptional healthcare services and continuous efforts to enhance the health system in alignment with Kuwait Vision 2035 and the United Nations’ sustainable development goals. She praised the Sheikh Salem Al-Ali Center for Hearing and Speech for providing world-class services and advanced medical equipment, alongside highly trained medical professionals, to serve the people of Kuwait and residents alike.

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