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Kuwait prioritizes elderly care: official

KUWAIT: Providing better care for the elderly is among Kuwait’s chief objectives, besides being a major sustainable development goal, said its ministry of social affairs yesterday. Through close conjunction with Kuwait’s health ministry, the ministry of social affairs seeks to bring all elderly care plans to fruition, said Abdulaziz Shaaib, the ministry’s undersecretary.

Some 23 medical teams are working nationwide to provide quality healthcare for elder citizens in the confines of their own homes, he said amid a gathering devoted to elderly care. Kuwait’s health ministry is in the process of putting in place a better healthcare plan for elders, according to Dr Amani Tabtabie, the director of the ministry’s elderly care department.

Granting elder citizens ‘priority cards’ allowing them preferential treatment when getting transactions done across various state bodies is among the ministry’s top accomplishments, added the official. – KUNA

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