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MoH warns on dangers of excessive fat, salt in food items

KUWAIT CITY, Aug 18: The Ministry of Health has warned about the dangers of excessive fat and salt in food items like cheese and chips, reports Al-Seyassah daily. In a recent press statement, Director of Meal Ration Management Unit Dr Nawal Al-Hamad confirmed the ministry has strengthened coordination with other concerned authorities to raise public awareness on the negative effect of consuming food loaded with fats and salt on people’s health.

She disclosed part of the campaign is the showing of a documentary film on the dangerous repercussions of excessive fat and salt consumption. She said Kuwait is keen on applying the recommendations of the World Health Organization (WHO) to control chronic diseases by encouraging people to lessen their fat and salt intake by at least 10 percent. She added the Ministry of Health and other institutions like its commerce counterpart have looked into the experiences of countries that have applied these recommendations to learn from them. According to Al-Hamad, the ministry has conducted a study to determine the actual salt and fat content of various food products. She said the ministry will take the necessary measures to lessen salt and fat contents of bread and other food products like cheese by 20 percent as an initial step.

She also unveiled a plan to lay down new specifications for imported and local food products, in coordination with other ministries and companies. She pointed out these specifications are aimed at protecting the people without negatively affecting the companies. She added this step will greatly contribute to ongoing efforts to curb the rising number of people suffering from heart and chronic diseases, especially since Kuwait is one of the countries with high diabetes rate. She affirmed the best way to control these diseases is to teach the people how to be healthy by eating the right food and adopting an active lifestyle. Meanwhile, Undersecretary of Ministry of Health Dr Khalid Al-Sahlawi has appreciated the roles played by the concerned governmental authorities, civil society institutions and members of the society for the success of the recent blood donation campaign organized by the Central Blood Bank, reports Al-Watan Arabic daily.

In a press statement, Dr Al-Sahlawi explained that the blood donation campaign, which was held for last few days, was carried out successfully, adding that it indicated the awareness of the Kuwaiti citizens and expatriates about the vital role of the Blood Bank. He also appreciated the distinguished roles played by the Ministry of Defense, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Electricity and Water, Kuwait Voluntary Center and the media. He stressed that the Blood Bank operates based on international policies and standards, because of which its services are recognized and appreciated regionally and internationally. He added that a report on the blood donation campaigns has been prepared.

Donating Director of Service Management for Blood Transfusion at Ministry of Health Dr Reem Al- Rathwan affirmed the importance of donating blood throughout the year so that supplies of blood are available when required. She said the Blood Bank is the only place in Kuwait that supplies blood to all governmental hospitals based on requirement. In the meantime, Assistant Undersecretary for Medicine and Medical Equipment Affairs at the Ministry of Health Dr Omar Al-Seyyid Omar has confirmed Kuwait’s participation in the GCC Price Unification Committee meeting slated for Monday in Muscat, reports Al-Anba daily.

Omar disclosed the meeting is a follow up to the one held earlier in Bahrain. He said the upcoming meeting will focus on the remaining medicines for unification of prices, disclosing the partial implementation of unified prices of medicines has been reviewed and it will be implemented in the GCC countries in October. He added Bahrain has taken the lead through early implementation of the unified prices, so other countries are encouraged to follow suit. He explained the unification of prices of medicines in the GCC countries is a priority in the joint health programs. He noted this will reduce the rate of profits accrued by agents of pharmaceutical companies and pharmacies within the region. Meanwhile, Head of Kuwait Health Office at Frankfurt City in Germany Sulaiman Al-Harbash declared that the office has signed an agreement with the Cardiac Center in Munich City, making it the first health attachÈ to deal with the distinguished center, reports Al-Seyassah d

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