MoH trying its best to prevent spread of bird flu Strict check on birds, livestock

KUWAIT CITY, Sept 1: The Ministry of Health has allayed fears of the possible spread of a new strain of bird flu in Kuwait, reports Al-Anba daily quoting sources.
Confirming the ministry closely monitors developments related to the virus in coordination with the World Health Organization (WHO), sources said the Kuwaiti missions abroad are following up events in countries where some cases have been discovered. Sources disclosed the ministry is working with all the concerned authorities to prevent the spread of the virus in the country, adding the Public Authority for Agriculture Affairs and Fish Resources (PAAAFR) has been instructed to thoroughly check all the birds and livestock entering Kuwait to ensure they are not infected with the virus.
It has been reported that a new strain of the virus recently spread in Vietnam, while other countries like Thailand, Malaysia, Cambodia, Japan and some parts of Korea are at risk.
Meanwhile, there are plans to reshuffle heads of pharmacies in some hospitals, in addition to appointing a new director for the Pharmaceutical Services Department, sources told Al-Anba daily, adding the previous director Dr Ahmad Al-Duaij retired recently.
Other sources said the Ministry of Health (MoH) is planning to improve the psychological care sections in hospitals. According to sources, employees in psychiatry section will be treated at par with those working in other wings in terms of job responsibilities.

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