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Kuwait free of infantile paralysis: Dr Al-Dowairi Statistics reveal 35 pct of children in Kuwait suffer from diabetes

KUWAIT CITY, March 2: The Acting Undersecretary of Ministry of Health Dr Qais Al-Dowairi says Kuwait is among the 20 countries in the world that are free of infantile paralysis. He indicated that studies carried out in this regard have affirmed the efficiency of the vaccination provided for combating this disease. Dr Al-Dowairi stressed that this accomplishment is due to the keenness of the Ministry of Health to follow all recommendations of World Health Organization (WHO) and ensuring all children are vaccinated against infantile paralysis. He explained that the children require five main dosages of vaccination before they join school. He urged the public to avoid blindly believing rumors that are being circulated in social networking websites regarding fake vaccinations.

Meanwhile, Director-General of the Dasman Institute for Diabetes Dr Kazem Behbehani was recently quoted as saying the new statistics show that 35 percent of children  in Kuwait  suffer from diabetes  and 80 percent of them are obese, reports Al-Watan Arabic daily. Behbehani has warned about the spread of Type 2 diabetes among Kuwaiti children and teenagers whose ages range between 6-18 years. He pointed out there is direct relation between obesity and Type 2 diabetes and that a new study shows the total number of cases of obese Kuwaiti children of ages between 10 and 14 is a cause for concern because their figure has reached 45 percent. Behbehani noted the Dasman Institute has plans for expansion to fight diabetes in cooperation with the teaching staff of Harford Faculty.

He said, as a result of this cooperation about “in 2011 we succeeded in preventing amputation in 85 percent of the patients suffering from diabetes. He pointed out the Dasman Institute for Diabetes in cooperation with world bodies will go pancreas cells transplantation and cell therapy for diabetes patients. In other news, the Ministry of Health has approved the proposal to introduce the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine in Kuwait, in addition to forming a committee of specialists to raise public awareness on cervical cancer; including the use of this vaccine to prevent the disease. Sources revealed the technical consultant in the Office of Assistant Undersecretary for Public Health Affairs Dr Rashid Al-Uweish was appointed as head of the committee with some other ministry officials as members. Meanwhile, Undersecretary Dr Khalid Al-Sehlawi clarified this step was taken based on the recommendations of the National Committee for General Immunization Plan during its eighth meeting two months ago to promote the use of this vaccination as protection against cervical cancer.

By Marwa Al-Bahrawi
Al-Seyassah Staff and Agencies

By: Marwa Al-Bahrawi

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