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Thursday , April 22 2021

‘Health’ to license private hospitals, clinics dose buys

KUWAIT CITY, Feb 24: Ministry of Health on Wednesday allowed hospitals, health centers and private health clinics to purchase COVID-19 vaccines from the local agent or companies producing them after being licensed and approved by the ministry to provide vaccination service. In a statement, the ministry said that the permission was stated in the circular No. 5/2021 issued on wednesday through the Health Licenses Department, as they should complete the electronic connection with the electronic platform of the ministry before starting to provide the vaccination service.

The Ministry stressed the need for the data to match all the requirements of the automated COVID-19 vaccination at the Ministry of Health to issue vaccination certificates, indicating the need for hospitals, health centers and clinics to be located in a self-contained building and not shared with other treatment institutions and to have vaccination permits from the Health Licensing Department and the commitment to apply the precautionary measures recommended by the Ministry of Health.

The ministry also stressed the need to stick to the standards, specifications and guidelines related to transporting, storing and giving the vaccines to the domestic medical sector issued by the producer and from the drug and food control sector. The Ministry affirmed that the service provider bears full responsibility for the accuracy of the data, ensuring its privacy, and following up on the vaccination dates for recipients with the responsibility to inform them via sms messages of their scheduled dates for taking doses.

Travel measures
Precautionary travel measures are still implemented on all people, including those who have received coronavirus vaccine, for the protection of all categories in the society, Ministry of Health (MoH) spokesman Abdullah Al-Sanad said on Tuesday.

Speaking at a news conference, Al-Sanad stressed that authorities are still taking swabs from the arrivals who are also subjected to quarantine for the same purpose. The implemented measures include also individuals who received the vaccine so as to avoid a possible transmission of the virus from outside Kuwait, he added.

The step also aims to avoid the arrival of any new strains of the coronavirus pandemic from outside Kuwait, he elaborated. Those who received the first or dual dosage of the vaccine should react to the Ministry’s link to help monitor any side effects which may occur like high temperature, headache or pain on the part injected with the vaccine, he said.

He pointed out that medical teams would deal with any data in this regard. Asked about a safe vaccine for children below 15 years, Al-Sanad said the available vaccine in Kuwait is Pfizer-BioNTech used for people from 16 and above.

Oxford vaccine is given to people aged 18-64, he stated. The sixth batch of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine will arrive in Kuwait next Sunday, said an official at the Health Ministry Wednesday.

Speaking to KUNA, Assistant Undersecretary for Drug and Food Control Dr Abdullah Al- Bader said that Kuwait was keen on battling the coronavirus (COVID-19) spread by reinforcing its national immunization campaign. The ministry supplies of the Pfizer-BioNTech is made in direct contract with the drug company, affirmed the official who stressed that it vaccination was necessary to rid the world from this health menace.

President of Kuwait Directorate General for Civil Aviation (DGCA) Sheikh Salman Sabah Al-Salem Al-Humoud Al-Sabah on Wednesday examined anti-covid health precautions for arrivals at Kuwait International Airport. (KUNA)

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