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World Health Organization to open office in Kuwait WHO to appoint agent to run its affairs, while ministry will provide technical support

KUWAIT CITY, Jan 10: Minister of Health Dr Ali Al-Obaid disclosed that World Health Organization (WHO) will open its office in Kuwait soon, reports Al-Jarida daily. In a statement, Al-Obaid said he is eager to see the UN office in the country open, adding the office will be located in Sulaibikhat area at the ministries complex. He disclosed that WHO will appoint an agent or representative to run the office, while the technical crew will be provided by his ministry.

He explained the crew will be taken through training courses here in Kuwait and the headquarters of W.H.O in Geneva, as well as the Middle East regional headquarters in Egypt, indicating the crew will receive series of training to gain more experience in health planning. Dr Al-Obaid pointed out that the office will present the recommendations and decisions of WHO related to health policies, and “I discussed the issue with the regional director of WHO Dr Alaa Al-Deen Alwaan during his visit to Kuwait to attend the 76th summit of the health ministers of GCC countries”.

He also stressed the ministry is keen on fighting chronic non-contagious diseases, and working hard to enhance its observation on the risk factors to chronic diseases-not only in terms of prevention. He added non-contagious diseases such as heart problems, diabetes, and chronic lungs problems are also included in the risk factors watchsmoking, unhealthy eating habits, and lack of physical activities.

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