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‘Precautionary measures against coronavirus extremely important’ Mubarak Hospital pharmacy equipped with automated device

KUWAIT CITY, April 24: Recent statistics indicates that coronavirus claiming 80 lives in Saudi Arabia is not enough to gear up the concerned authorities in Kuwait’s Ministry of Health to take the necessary precautionary steps to prevent an epidemic in the country, reports Al- Jarida daily.

The daily quoting a source observed the precautionary steps are extremely important considering the level of close interaction among the citizens of Kuwait and Saudi Arabia. Officials at the Ministry of Health seem to be dependent on the “No Cause for Alarm” principle to wave aside fear and concern, but they have not taken any crucial step to prevent a possible outbreak of the disease in the country.

Meanwhile, another official at the Ministry of Health said the ministry had taken decisive and precautionary steps about two years ago when the first case of coronavirus was reported. He assured that measures implemented at that period prevented an outbreak in Kuwait. He declared the country does not need extra precautionary measures, even with the increasing number of cases in Saudi Arabia, noting the Committee for coronavirus chaired by Undersecretary Dr Khaled Al- Sahlawi is closely monitoring the situation and they meet regularly. He reiterated the officials will be on guard anytime they realize there is need for extraordinary action.

Meanwhile, director of the Mubarak Hospital Hassan Al- Dosari said the central pharmacy of the hospital has been equipped with ultra-modern automated device to distribute medicines, noting the device is the first of its kind in the Middle East to be launched, reports Al-Shahed daily. He added the process starts with the prescription of medicines by doctors and the instruction will be displayed directly on the device for the system to explain the procedures to patients. He affirmed that the device will facilitate the distribution of medicines and prevent mistakes, while helping to resolve to some extent the issue of employee shortage. On the cost of the device, Al- Dosari said it is free for now because it’s running on experimental basis. He reiterated the device will be distributed to other hospitals at the cost of KD 150.

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