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10 people a day on an average die in Kuwait’s ‘government’ hospitals

‘Decline in percentage of Kuwaiti nurses’

KUWAIT CITY, Sept 1: A recent report by the Ministry of Health says on an average 10 deaths are reported by hospitals compared to nine deaths per day in 2012, reports Al-Jarida daily.

According to the report which is issued under the title ‘Kuwait Health’, it has been noted that there was an increase in the overall mortality rate in the Ministry of Health hospitals between 2012 and 2016. In the meantime, the report showed a decline in the percentage of Kuwaiti nurses which fell to 5.2% compared to 7.5% in 2012.

The report revealed that the number of employees in the Ministry of Health has reached 61 thousand, of whom 38.4% are males and 61.6% females. The report pointed out that the heart disease and accidents, especially road accidents and tumors are the three leading causes of death in Kuwait, pointing out that in all these deaths Kuwaitis top the list among others. He explained the mortality rate of males from heart disease and traffic accidents were higher than females, while mortality was higher in females than in males due to malignant tumors, both among Kuwaiti women and other nationalities.

The report said that the number of doctors working in the Ministry of Health reached 8,434 doctors, including 5,189 expatriates or 61.5%, and that 26.6% of the healthcare staff working in the Ministry of Health work in the Sabah health area, distributed between the General Al-Sabah Hospital and other centers and hospitals of specialized care, while the number of dentists is recorded at 1,859 doctors, 70% of them Kuwaitis.

The report stressed that the number of public hospitals in Kuwait is 5, one hospital in each health area, beside the Al-Sabah health area, which includes the Sabah Hospital and 9 specialized hospitals, and pointed to the presence of 95 primary health care centers and 84 clinics for diabetes.

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