KUWAIT: Health Minister Dr Ahmad Al-Awadhi stressed the keenness of the ministry on the contribution of the private health sector as a national and strategic partner represented by local and international companies specialized in the implementation of huge health projects in the country. Awadhi indicated in a speech at the opening of the 11th Kuwait Health Conference and Exhibition (Kuwait Medica) that at the forefront of these projects are new hospitals that the ministry is executing in cooperation with concerned state ministries.
He pointed out the health sector in Kuwait is witnessing the implementation of huge projects to develop health services as part of the country’s development plan and the New Kuwait 2035 vision. “Kuwait’s 2035 vision is an integration between the private and government sectors, which is what the ministry seeks, and the biggest evidence of this integration is the Kuwait Medica conference and exhibition, which we hope will be repeated every year with many international hospitals,” Awadhi said.
He revealed the opening of many health facilities and medical departments in many hospitals, including the new Farwaniya Hospital, which is witnessing the inauguration of departments of gynecology, obstetrics, children and preterm infants, and radiology and laboratory departments on Feb 5 which will be for citizens only.
“Many medical departments will be moved successively to complete the opening of Farwaniya Hospital and other hospitals,” Awadhi said, expressing hope to complete work at the Kuwait Center for Cancer Control, “through which we aspire to cooperate with international hospitals, especially the French Gustave Rossi Hospital,” he added.
Director of Al-Salam International Hospital Dr Ayman Al-Mutawa said: “The conference seeks to enhance the vision of cooperation between the public and private sectors in order to achieve the development plans set by decision makers and to stand on what has been achieved to meet the needs of patients. As private hospitals are a national health security for any country and an alternative that can be used to serve the health system further by re-studying decisions and legislation that facilitate, support and open horizons and specializations from different countries.”
Quality Department Director Dr Talal Al-Fedhala said: “An award is given annually to teams that have provided innovative projects in the field of patient safety. This has enhanced the medical service in different fields as it reflects the ministry’s keenness to provide a healthy environment for medical care recipients.” Public Relations Manager at Dhaman Hospital Meshari Al-Duhaim said: “The expo is one of the most important conferences in the medical sector and hosts elite institutions both on the international and local levels.”