Nurses wait for hike in salaries MoH to issue swine flu statistics

KUWAIT CITY, Dec 20: Nursing staff at the Ministry of Health are awaiting an increase in their salaries, a decision that was ratified by the Cabinet recently, reports Al-Seyassah daily.
The Civil Service Commission had earlier approved the decision to increase the cadres of around 12,000 nursing staff. According to a source, the raise will be added to next month’s salaries after the necessary approval is obtained. He said the increase will include all nursing staff, including 900 Kuwaiti nurses. The source pointed out that the increase includes allowances that have been divided on the basis of the nature of the job and the position.
In another ministerial issue, a source disclosed that the Ministry of Health is studying the possibility of submitting a file containing figures and statistics related to the infections and deaths due to swine flu by the end of the year.


The source added that the Ministry will begin a fresh file of statistics to record infections and deaths in the year 2010. “This is being done to alleviate the worries and ease the fears of citizens concerning weekly swine flu updates”, he informed.
Undersecretary of the Ministry of Health Dr Ibrahim Al-Abdulhadi confirmed Minister of Health Dr Hilal Musaed Al-Sayer plans to increase the salaries of Bedoun doctors, reports Al-Dar daily.
In a press statement, Dr Al-Abdulhadi informed that a report on the issue has been submitted to the Civil Service Commission (CSC) for approval. He refuted rumors that the CSC did not approve the visit of expatriate doctors to Kuwait, adding that medical expertise that will benefit citizens and residents is appreciated and respected by all authorities in the country.


Meanwhile, the Ophthalmology department in Al-Bahr center Dr. Khaled Al-Sabti revealed Saturday that the Fundoscopy special cameras helped to reduce laser-surgery for diabetics by 7-15 percent within the last five years.
Al-Sabti told KUNA that the device had a 93 percent accuracy in discovering the complications of diabetes, adding that he published a special study on the efficient usage of the camera recently.
Annually, around 12 percent diabetics around the world suffer from blindness due to diabetes complications.
In Kuwait, more than 15 percent of adults are diagnosed with diabetes, while 22 in 100,000 children under the age of 14 are diagnosed with the disease.
Number of diabetic people worldwide is expected to reach more than 300 million by 2025, while potential cases are expected to reach 427 million the same year.


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KUWAIT CITY: Volunteers of Zawaya Group, a non-profit outfit, presented a donation of KD 1,700 to Beit Abdullah for the care of children with cancer and Abeer 2 Center for those with mental challenges.
The donated amount was raised from the same of a book entitled “Selected Kuwaiti Achievements,” which the volunteers put together, as well as t-shirts bearing the book logo and phrases from it.
The book was made public during a celebration in late September at The Avenues Mall, and then the book was put on sale at the 34th Kuwait International Book Fair.
The volunteers visited Beit Abdullah, where they were received by Margaret Al-Sayer, who oversees the activities of Kuwait Association for the Care of Children in Hospital (KAACH) and Beit Abdullah.
The young men and women expressed their joy with the success of the first phase of their volunteer project.
Beit Abdullah houses means to provide free care and services for children with cancer, and is overseen by KAACH with the approval of the Health Ministry. It also helps the families of the children to deal with the ordeal.
At Abeer 2 Center, the volunteers met with the founder, Abeer Al-Geemaz, who explained to them the activities of the center and its goals.
The center, she said, provided services to children and youth with mental challenges, through educational activities that improved self-development.
 

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