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One in four Kuwaiti adults suffers from diabetes: DDI

KUWAIT CITY, Jan 31, (KUNA): Recent medical records have shown that one out of every four Kuwaiti adults suffers from diabetes, Dasman Diabetes Institute (DDI) said on Sunday. The revelation came at a graduation ceremony of 41 Diploma and Master’s degrees students along with 17 students of vocational courses in the field of diabetes, in conjunction with the Scottish University of Dundee. In a speech at the ceremony, Assistant Secretary for Technical Affairs at the Ministry of Health Dr Qais Al- Dwairi said that DDI had initiated an agreement with Dundee University in 2011, one that is reflective of the institute’s ultimate aim of suppressing one of the most pandemic ailments in the country. The agreement has set in motion initiatives aimed at improving lifestyle habits, as a designated educational course on diabetes is now being offered, Al-Dwairi noted. The course caters to a broad group of healthcare specialists in the country, Al-Dwairi added, encouraging the specialists to dabble in the courses being offered as means of a part-time endeavor. The course gives those eligible an opportunity to familiarize themselves with the intricacies of the disorder, he said.

More than 260 students have thus far enrolled in these courses, contributing to more than 1000 projects designed to boost treatment of diabetes, he noted. Meanwhile, the Ministry of Health announced Sunday that the visiting international consultants to the ministry’s hospitals will arrive in February. The visiting doctors’ program aims to share experience with international universities and medical centers, while also giving patients the opportunity to receive advanced treatment without going through the hassle of seeking medical care abroad, said ministry’s director of public relations and media Faisal Al-Dosari.

The consultants are highly qualifi ed doctors specializing in ear, nose, and throat, Orthopedic Surgeries, Urinary tract, Heart disease and tumors, Chemotherapy, Pediatrics and other fields, he said. The selection of doctors is based on recommendations made by the various heads of medical departments. Meanwhile, Kuwait Higher Committee for Relief on Sunday announced that the second group of Yemeni heart patients has arrived in Sudan for receiving treatment at the expense of the Kuwait Patient Helping Fund.

In a press statement on Sunday, Dr. Mohammad Al-Sharhan, head of the committee, said about 50 patients have been treated at expense of the State of Kuwait. He added that the humanitarian initiative was the fruit of cooperation among several bodies, including Kuwaiti Higher Committee for Relief, the Kuwaiti Embassy in Khartoum, Sudanese Ministry of Health and a number of charities.

The Kuwaiti Patient Helping Fund and the Sudanese Health Ministry signed an agreement for conducting surgeries for Yemeni cardiovascular patients at Sudan’s hospitals, he said, adding this move is made after signing an agreement in this regard. On Saturday, the first group of Yemeni heart patients arrived in Sudan for receiving necessary medical treatment. Kuwaiti Ambassador to Sudan Talal Mansour Al-Hajri said in a press statement that “We have received about 22 Yemeni cardiovascular patients in collaboration with Sudanese authorities and the Yemeni embassy in Sudan for necessary surgeries.” On his part, Yemeni Ambassador in Khartoum Hadi Amer voiced his gratitude to the State of Kuwait and the Sudanese Government for treating Yemeni patients, stressing that Kuwait has been aiding Yemenis for many years.

Meanwhile, Assistant Foreign Minister for Arab Affairs Aziz Al-Daihani on Saturday reiterated fi rm support to the Palestinian cause, which represents an “essential principle in Kuwait’s foreign policy.” Kuwait have embraced the Palestinian cause and struggle since the beginning, as the Palestinian revolution started its drive from Kuwait, Ambassador Al- Daihani said during a reception held at the Palestinian embassy in Kuwait to mark the International Day for 1948 Arab Rights. He reminisced the year 1936 when Kuwaitis formed a committee to support the Palestinian people through collecting donations and sending them to the fi ghters there back then.

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