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GCC okays joint guidelines for medical reserves: Obaidi – Ministers discuss better health services

DOHA, Oct 21, (KUNA): The GCC countries approved a joint guideline for strategic medical reserves including medicines and equipment, said Kuwaiti Minister of Health Dr Ali Al-Obaidi. The guideline aims to create further cooperation between the GCC states during disasters and crises, the minister told KUNA after heading the Kuwaiti delegation at the second meeting of the GCC Committee of Health Ministers on Wednesday.

The meeting discussed several health topics, including the equality in providing medical services to all GCC citizens, procedures of receiving medical treatment abroad, strategic cooperation between the Gulf countries with Turkey, Jordan and Morocco and further participation in regional and international health care meetings, Al-Obaidi noted. Achieving progress in the health field is a basic pillar for sustainable development in the Gulf region, Qatari Minister of Public Health Abdullah bin Khalid Al Qahtani said here on Wednesday. He added in a speech at the opening of the second meeting of Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Committee of Health Ministers, that this meeting is of great importance, regarding the vital health issues it tackles.

Offering care to the health of GCC countries’ citizens “comes at the top of our nations’ priorities, and receives great support and care from the GCC political leaderships, to cope with the sustainable development process in the Gulf region,” he affirmed. Mutual cooperation among the GCC countries in the health sector greatly contributes to improving the services, while “our nations need to exert extra efforts in order to achieve our joint goals,” he said GCC nations’ citizens should receive the highest available health care services according to international standards, Minister Al-Qahtani added.

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