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Kuwait hosts ‘workshop’ on primary, family health issues

KUWAIT CITY, Nov 16, (KUNA): In collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO), Abdullah Yusuf Al- Abdulhadi Health Center is organizing a training workshop for leading officials of the family medicine and primary health centers in the Middle East. Addressing the opening ceremony at the center — based in Al-Yarmouk Area — on Sunday, Assistant Undersecretary of the Ministry of Health Dr Mohammad Al-Khashti voiced joy for the WHO selection of the center as a model provider of primary healthcare service in the region.

He said the Ministry of Health is looking forward to organizing similar workshops at other primary health centers in the future.

On her part, Director of the center Dr Huda Al-Duwaisan the hosting of this regional event materializes the care of the political leadership of Kuwait to healthcare as backbone of human development. “Kuwait has always been a main contributor to sustainable development at the regional and international levels,” she said. Dr Al-Duwaisan noted that the workshop will see the launching of a new program of cooperation between WHO and Al-Abdulhadi Health Center geared to organize training courses for leading officials of the family healthcare and primary health centers in the Middle East.

“The new program will open new horizons for cooperation with WHO meant to realize the common goals, give quantum leap to primary health services in the Arab countries, ensure high quality of healthcare and build the capacity of medical personnel,” she revealed. Meanwhile, Director of the Primary Health Dept of the Ministry Dr Rehab Al-Watyan said the workshop followed the endorsement of the Post-2015 Sustainable Development Agenda by the world leaders at the UN in last September.

“The agenda set forth 17 goals for global sustainable development until 2030 among which 16 goals focus on health,” she said, noting that the Kuwaiti Ministry of Health played a clear role in identifying the third target relating to quality health and welfare for all. Dr Al-Watyan urged developing a new vision for primary and family healthcare for 2015-30 in keeping with the UN Development Goals with emphasis on the improvement of maternal health and child health, and the sixth goals which is to combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases.

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