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KUWAIT CITY, Feb 6, (Agencies): The Kuwait health sources say there are signs on the horizon that Kuwait has succeeded in fighting the ‘omicron’ infections and that the epidemiological situation in the country has stabilized according to numbers and ratios calculated over a period of between 13 and 22 days, reports Al-Rai daily. A medical source said there is optimism that omicron in on the way out or at least it is on the wane given the continued improvement in the epidemiological situation in the country and after the end of national holidays, a “package of mitigating measures and decisions” are expected to be taken if the current pattern continues.
In a reading of the numbers recorded in the context of the current wave that began approximately in the last week of December 2021, health sources said the infection cases during 13 days ranged between 4,445 and 6,913 per day, and said this stability is a very important which indicated a peak during the fourth wave during which a record number of cases were recorded. The second indicator showed the number of cases in intensive care units during a 15-day period, ranged between 58 and 91 maximum, before witnessing a slight decline, reaching 86 yesterday. This was accompanied by the stability of cases admitted to wards over 18 days, which ranged between 326 on January 20 and 549 yesterday, which is the third indicator.
Although unprecedented numbers of cases were recorded, reaching the highest number of 6,913 on January 28, the sources considered that the fourth indicator is that the current wave is considered the least in terms of loss of life, with the number of deaths varying over a period of 22 days between one and two cases, except for yesterday, which recorded 3 deaths. As for the fifth indicator, it consistently represents infection rates in terms of swabs, which over a period of 22 days ranged between 14 and 20.7% maximum, before returning to record a noticeable decline to 14.8 percent yesterday.
The sixth indicator, according to the sources, represented the number of recovery cases (5,150 cases of recovery compared to 4,445 injuries yesterday and 5,846 cases of recovery compared to 5,407 the day before yesterday). The sources pointed out that the seventh indicator is the decline in the numbers of infections and indicators of the epidemiological situation in the Gulf Cooperation Council countries. Based on the seven indicators, the sources confirmed that the country “is close to overcoming the severity of the current wave and its downward trend,” saying “this comes after a period of stability in numbers.” The sources commended the health system’s success in overcoming the current wave with minimal losses, despite not resorting to imposing severe restrictions.
The Kuwaiti Ministry of Health announced recording 4,232 new coronavirus cases and two deaths on Sunday. The new figures raised the total number of cases to 578,819 and deaths to 2,510. In a statement to KUNA, the ministry’s official spokesperson Dr. Abdullah Al- Sanad said that 4,712 people recovered from the virus, raising the total number of recoveries to 522,882. He added that recovery rate compared to total cases is 90.3 percent. Al-Sanad also noted that there are 87 patients in the ICUs and 567 others in COVID-19 wards. The number of swabs taken is 28,419, raising the total number to 7.110,604, he said, adding that infection rate compared to the number of swabs is 14.9 percent.
At a time the country is approaching the second anniversary of registering its first coronavirus case (Feb 24, 2020) along with the increasing daily infection rates and number of corona patients in wards and intensive care units (ICUs); the repercussions of the pandemic continue at more than one level, including the scarcity of some medicines in private pharmacies and health centers, especially those commonly used during this period, reports Al-Qabas daily. Pharmacies and health centers have had a shortage of Panadol, which has been in demand since the beginning of the pandemic. This medicine is used for treating corona patients suffering from headache, migraine, body ache, muscle pain, dental pain, ear pain, colds, fl u, stomatitis and the accompanying pain.
Due to this shortage; a large number of citizens and expatriates resorted to private pharmacies keen on selling the medicine for the same prices, with a slight difference between pharmacies. The price of blue Panadol ranges from 940 fils to KD1.240 and from KD1.200 to KD1.500 for the red one. The shortage is attributed to the big number of people infected with the virus; thereby, increasing demand for both types of Panadol. In response to complaints about the shortage of Panadol in pharmacies, health sector sources confirmed to the daily that the Ministry of Health is working hard to address the problem in a bid to prevent the shortage of some types of medicines for various reasons such as those related to the supply company, pharmaceutical factory or other reasons like withdrawing, canceling or suspending the product. Sources affirmed that the ministry is also keen on combating monopoly and to offer several drug options to patients.