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People coming from Ebola-hit countries to undergo checkup ‘Avoid visiting unlicensed plastic surgery clinics’

KUWAIT CITY, Aug 28: People coming from countries experiencing the Ebola outbreak will be required to undergo medical tests upon arrival at Kuwait International Airport as part of precautionary measures being taken by the Ministry of Health to prevent spread of the disease in the country, reports Al-Qabas daily quoting a reliable source. The World Health Organization (WHO) recently released its statistical report showing that Ebola has, so far, caused the death of 120 medical staff. Factors behind the death of the medical staff include lack of medical equipment for personal protection, small number of doctors and medical errors.

The disease is now widespread in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone where there is only one physician providing medical services to 100,000 people. On the other hand, the assistant undersecretary for Planning and Quality Affairs said Minister Dr Ali Obaidi formed a committee for planning and follow-up on reports required by the Secretariat General of the Higher Council for Planning and Development. He disclosed the committee will prepare the annual programs, lay down plans to improve performance, and identify ways to remove obstacles to the implementation of development projects. Meanwhile, Minister of Health Dr Ali Al-Obaidi has discussed with Hawally Governor of Sheikh Ahmad Al-Nawaf and Capital Governor Lieutenant General Eng Thabit Al- Mehanna various ways to develop health facilities in the two governorates, reports Al-Seyassah daily.

During the meeting, the officials exchanged ideas and visions on projects which will serve citizens and residents in the two governorates. The minister promised to follow up all activities to address the problems of residents in a bid to better serve the public. He further hailed the tremendous efforts exerted by both governors and their cooperation to provide the best medical care to their constituents. On the other hand, MP Abdullah Al-Odwani stressed the need for government authorities to effective play their role in banning the publication of advertisements on the unlicensed sale of medical products which are deemed harmful to public health. He revealed the concerned ministry has asked the Public Prosecution to take action against any newspaper that publishes advertisement regarding health without obtaining a license.

He also praised the positive cooperation amongst ministers in terms of responding to parliamentary queries. He pointed out the ministers are keen on rectifying errors and dealing with negative phenomena in accordance with the legislation issued by the National Assembly. In another development, Head of Plastic Surgery and Burns Unit at Al-Babtain Hospital Dr Qutaiba Al- Kandari cautioned against ladies resorting to saloons, beauty centers and clinics that are unlicensed by the Ministry of Health for plastic surgery, reports Al-Kuwaitiya daily. In his first statement following his appointment as head of plastic sur-gery and burns unit at Al-Babtain Hospital, Al-Kandari warned of severe consequences in conducting plastic surgery at saloons, beauty centers and clinics unaccredited by Health Ministry.

He explained the center receives an average of two cases weekly related to deformity, chronic inflammation and complications caused by injecting dangerous banned substances or using non-sterilized medical equipment. He lamented a Kuwaiti lady had died due to complications of a flawed plastic surgery at an unlicensed center, noting Al-Babtain center receives over 15,000 patients annually and conducts about 240 reconstruction surgeries. He noted burns are the most difficult cases to restore

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