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MoH adopts natl strategy for dealing with diseases – Ministry wins 85% of medical error cases

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KUWAIT CITY, Dec 26: Assistant Undersecretary of Public Health Affairs at Ministry of Health Dr Majida Al-Qattan has affirmed that the ministry has adopted a national strategy for dealing with a number of common and dangerous diseases in the Kuwaiti society, reports Al-Anba daily.

She revealed that a ministerial decision has been issued in this regard to form a national committee for ensuring prevention of Hepatitis, adding that this committee includes experts of different specializations to prepare a national strategy for eradicating Hepatitis by 2030.

Dr Al-Qattan stressed that the ministry has achieved significant success in its attempts to combat this disease by introducing a new set of medicines in governmental hospitals which resulted in a success rate of more than 90 percent in curing 300 patients of Hepatitis C.

In other news, Assistant Undersecretary for Legal Affairs at Ministry of Health Dr Mohammad Abdulhadi affirmed in a statement that the average number of cases related to medical errors filed against the ministry annually ranges between 70-90 but the ministry wins 85 percent of them, reports Annahar daily.

He stressed that all these cases filed against the ministry are not necessarily aimed to find the ministry guilty but some of them are aimed to shed light on the treatment procedures based on international policies and protocols. Dr Abdulhadi insisted that there are no missing files related to medical errors, affirming that all such files are with the Legal Affairs Department which has been dealing with them in coordination with the Forensics Department, Justice Palace and Fatwa and Legislation Department.

Meanwhile, the first financial disbursement of KD 20,000,000 was wired to the account of the health office in Washington to pay medical bills of patients receiving treatment in the United States, while the health office in London received KD 10,000,000, reports Al Rai daily quoting health sources. Meanwhile, several patients receiving treatment in the United States have expressed disappointment on the conduct of the health office in Washington, which ignored their calls and queries for many days consecutively after the director declined to meet with them.

They pleaded with the Minister of Health Dr Jamal Al-Harbi and Undersecretary Dr Khalid Al-Sahlawi to put an end to their suffering and facilitate measures for the disbursement of allowances to help them complete treatment on schedule.

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