Monday, January 16, 2017

Jaber Hospital for Kuwaitis only - Health Minister

Minister of Health Jamal Al-Harbi reaffirmed Sunday that the new world-class Jaber Hospital would start operation in months to serve nationals only.

A highly-qualified foreign administration would manage the hospital till completing the training of national cadres to take over later, the minister said in statements to reporters during inauguration of three medical centers affiliated to the private Al-Salam International Hospital.

"As of next month, the international administrative team would start training 75 national cadres to qualify them to take over management affairs with their foreign peers," he said.

He elaborated that the equipment would be delivered to Jaber Hospital starting from June.

The hospital will later start operation with the outpatient clinics in the first phase, he said.

He added that the ministry has prepared a highly-skillful 2,600-member nursery team to work in Jaber Hospital.

He, however, admitted a shortage in doctors, technicians, and pharmacists.

Al-Harbi stated that after the inauguration of Jaber Hospital, the ministry would open Al-Razi Hospital and Al-Amiri Hospital.

"We are also focusing our efforts on Al-Jahra Hospital which will be the largest hospital in Kuwait," he said.

On the medical centers of Al-Salam International Hospital, the minister noted that the centers are for dentistry, Kidney diseases, and physical therapy.

He pointed out that Al-Salam International Hospital offers distinguished healthcare services to Kuwaiti retirees who hold AFIA health insurance cards.

The new centers have 12 dentistry clinics and 16 kidney dialysis machines, he said.

The minister said he was pleased by the high-quality services provided by Al-Salam hospital to Kuwaitis.

For his part, CEO of Al-Salam International Hospital Dr. Ayman Al-Mutawa' emphasized the importance of the role played by the private medical institutions in easing the burden on the government hospitals and medical centers and helping the health Ministry materialize its strategy and plans.

He viewed that the private medical institutions as a key partner to the government in upgrading healthcare services in the country.

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