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Give healthy food to students: expert Bid to fight chronic diseases

 KUWAIT CITY, Feb 19: The National Committee for Noninfectious Chronic Diseases has continued its work on the structuring of the Noninfectious Chronic Disease Administration to pave the way for its submission to the Civil Service Commission (CSC) soon, reports Al-Anba daily quoting Minister of Health Dr Ali Al- Obeidi. Al-Obeidi made the statement on the sidelines of the seventh meeting of the committee recently, during which he also announced the formation of three teams to focus on combating noninfectious chronic diseases. According to the minister, the meeting tackled the Kuwait Charter on chronic diseases approved in the recently-concluded GCC Health Ministers Conference in Kuwait.

He disclosed they also discussed the support provided by other sectors in Kuwait to combat such kinds of diseases - an issue that is considered a developmental priority through the cooperation of other sectors. Meanwhile, the minister confirmed that Director of the Nutrition Administration Dr Nawal Al-Hamad stressed the need to reduce the intake of salty and fatty foods in the meeting. She also talked about the steps being taken to provide healthy meals to the students, in cooperation with the Ministry of Education. She believes this could be an effective way to combat chronic diseases, while emphasizing the importance of intensifying public awareness campaigns in this regard to protect the people’s health.

Meanwhile, a medical team, led by Dr Jabber Al-Ali, recently used a new technique to close holes in the digestive system of a patient without surgery at Haya Al-Habeeb Digestive System Center, reports Al-Watan Arabic daily. Disclosing the medical procedure was carried out in Kuwait and in the Gulf for the first time, Al-Ali revealed they used gastroscope supported with a device containing metal clips (OTSC) to close holes in the digestive system. He explained the holes are usually the side effects or complications of surgeries.

Al-Ali said the procedure was carried out on a patient who had these complications after undergoing a stomach quantization surgery. He revealed the patient had an internal hole in the upper part of the stomach, indicating the new technique was used in the patient’s case due to the failure of many other treatments. He affirmed the team will closely follow up the condition of the patient and the preliminary examinations yielded positive results; proving the procedure was successful.

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