KUWAIT CITY, Jan 4: The Ministry of Health’s decision to allocate mornings for citizens and evenings for expatriates in outpatient clinics has failed to serve its purpose because the public health facilities are still crowded, reports Al-Qabas daily. The decision took effect at the beginning of the month in Adan Hospital and it has drawn mixed reactions as some people welcomed the idea while others have expressed objection.
Those against the idea pointed out it is impossible to make this kind of separation between the citizens and expatriates, indicating the decision even delayed appointments and did not stop the long queues in public health facilities. Meanwhile, those in favor of the decision believe it is for the public’s benefit as it guarantees the provision of treatment to everyone.
They said this will address a number of problems such as long queues and verbal altercations, as well reduce pressure on public hospitals especially in Sabah Hospital. Meanwhile, consultant in Digestive System and Kidney Dr Fahad Al-Ibrahim affirmed that irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is the most widespread colon disease and it’s common among women, noting about 3 million people visit doctors to treat the disease annually in the US, reports Al-Rai daily.
Dr Al-Ibrahim indicated the latest treatment for hepatitis C has been certified as effective to the extent that 98 percent of patients have been healed. He urged people not to delay in testing for the disease considering the danger in late detection. He declared that Crohn’s disease is difficult to diagnose in its early stage due to similarity of its medical symptoms with other diseases, which can only be distinguished through medical tests. He explained that Crohn’s disease can affect any part of the digestive system such that it can form ulcer covering layers of the intestine contrary to ulcerous symptom that are limited to the outer layer of the intestine in other diseases. An average of 1,500 people suffer heart-related problems in the State of Kuwait, of whom 700 are citizens.
According to updated statistics, up to 5,000 people reported to outpatient clinics at the Al-Sabah Hospital in Kuwait City. Cardiac Unit Chief Dr Mousa Akbar said that heart-related diseases represent the main cause of deaths in Kuwait and other countries in the world, warning against the detrimental impact of diabetes, tobacco and obesity. The figures released by the Ministry of Health during the launch of awareness- raising day at the Avenues Complex to shed light on the alarming increase in the incidence of people with heart-related problems due to unhealthy lifestyles and other hereditary factors, reported Arabia daily Al-Rai. Dr. Akbar said that Kuwait and other Gulf nations with heart-related disease have a life expectancy ten years less than their counterparts in the developed EU countries, expecting the number of people with cardiac problems in the GCC countries to double by 2030.