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Drive makes ‘headway in fight against obesity’ Number of Alzheimer’s cases in Kuwait on the rise

KUWAIT CITY, Feb 13: Director of Health Enhancement and Chairperson of the Organizing Committee for Anti Obesity Campaign Dr Abeer Al-Bahwou affirmed that the campaign has made headway in the fight against obesity, and complemented the previous campaign, reports Al- Seyassah daily. Dr Al-Bahwou made the disclosure at the closing ceremony of the three-day Second Antiobesity Campaign Exhibition organized in 360 Mall recently under the auspices of IG Events Company. Minister of Health Dr Ali Al- Obaidi patronized the event which attracted a large number of individual and corporate participants of all age grades from relevant public and private sectors.

Advanced
She declared the organizers have attained advanced health awareness propagation in the Kuwaiti society. She implied the male and female citizens now have ample opportunities to shed weight to get rid of the ‘contemporary disease’ as known by specialists. She expressed gratitude and appreciation to individual and corporate participants that contributed immensely to the program’s success and delivered the message to the audience. Meanwhile, the number of Alzheimer’s cases in Kuwait has been increasing at an alarming rate. About 50 percent of the elderly, aged 85 years and above, have been diagnosed with the disease; in addition to five percent of those within the 65-74 age range, reports Al- Seyassah daily. Board member of the Women Cultural Society and Awareness Officer at the Alzheimer’s Society Mudhi Al-Sagher revealed this during a training session entitled “Revisiting Principles and Basics of Alzheimer Disease” organized by the Women Cultural Society inside its headquarters Monday. She said the awareness project was one of those presented by the society at the beginning of the regional conference it organized in 2012 under the theme “Challenges and Hopes”. She explained the project focuses on the fact that the disease seems to be spreading at an alarming pace. She noted majority of people in the society do not know symptoms of the disease and how to handle it. She stressed the project will continue to work on raising public awareness at different levels through various media forms. She added, “We will give total support to people who are in charge of welfare for Alzheimer’s patients at the Old People Welfare Home by organizing training programs for them later.”

Delaying
In the meantime, about 300 dental and oral health specialists, nurses and administrative personnel in the public schools have petitioned the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor against the company that employed them for delaying their salaries, reports Al- Seyassah daily. The daily quoting a source said the company employed the workers to provide awareness, preventive and curative medical services to almost 300,000 students in public schools across the six Kuwaiti governorates. He stated the employees have yet to receive their salaries for the month of January and lamented the delay has caused many of them untold social and financial hardship, and they have determined to approach the National Assembly in case the situation does not improve. Meanwhile, sources at the Ministry of Health have refuted the claim that it delayed the salaries of doctors, and noted the ministry did not sign contract with individuals, so the companies are responsible for paying the medical and administrative personnel.

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