20% Kuwaitis suffering from diabetes

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‘Health’ keen on combating infectious diseases

KUWAIT CITY, Jan 23, (KUNA): Kuwait’s Health Ministry affirmed Monday its keenness to combat infectious respiratory diseases and take all measures and precautions in this regard to reduce their spread. In a press statement, the ministry’s spokesperson, Dr Abdullah Al-Sanad, said that the ministry was keen to stand on the latest information and developments regarding the new coronavirus (nCoV) regionally and globally, in coordination with the World Health Organization and other international bodies.

“The incidence of new coronavirus that appeared in China is numerically and geographically limited and there are no cases in Kuwait to date,” Al- Sanad added. Meanwhile, he stressed the need to follow the doctors and specialists advice to work with the guidelines, taking the causes of prevention, including always washing hands well with soap and water. He pointed out the importance of avoiding visiting people with acute respiratory illnesses, as well as avoiding visiting countries affected by the disease as much as possible, and adhering to measures to prevent infection in hospitals while visiting patients and limiting the visit as much as possible.

In the meantime, nearly 20 percent of Kuwaitis are suffering from diabetes particularly those above the age of 30, reports Al-Shahed daily quoting Head of the Diabetes Unit in Amiri Hospital Dr Abdulnabi Al-Attar. He revealed that Kuwait is among the top ten countries with the highest rate of diabetes. Dr Al-Attar stressed the need to pay attention to this disease and take medication at the early stages to reduce the effect Furthermore, Department of Information Sciences at the College of Life Sciences- Kuwait University announced that an Associate Professor in the department Dr Dhari Adel Al- Huwail has joined the World Health Organization’s Digital Health Global Technical Consultancy Group as a volunteer consultant. Acting Chairman of the department Dr Hanadi Abdul-Salam congratulated her colleague on the accomplishment. She said Dr Al-Huwail was selected among 650 plus applicants worldwide and he’s the only Arab of the group that has 20 experts.

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