‘Over 400,000 students present medical leave’

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KUWAIT CITY, April 9: Dr. Ibrahim Al-Tawala, the President of the Medical Association, highlighted a concerning trend where over 400,000 students in public education are flooding health centers with medical excuses to cover their absences due to illness.

This issue, as expressed by Dr. Al-Tawala on his social media account, has become a daily occurrence since the start of the second semester, resulting in a strain on health facilities and indicating a significant disruption in Kuwait’s educational system. Despite this, the Ministry of Education has yet to implement effective measures to address the situation, reports Al-Jarida daily. In contrast, the Ministry of Health has taken proactive steps by inaugurating an emergency dental clinic for children at the Jahra Specialized Center for Pediatric Dentistry. This clinic aims to cater to emergency cases among children under 16 years old during holidays and official breaks, demonstrating a commitment to providing timely medical assistance to those in need.

Shifting focus, Professor Jassim Al- Hashel, a neurology consultant at Ibn Sina Hospital, shed light on historical medical practices wherein fasting was utilized as a treatment for epilepsy. He explained that fasting triggers the production of ketones in the body, which possess antiepileptic properties. Professor Al-Hashel emphasized the importance of adhering to medication schedules during Ramadan, advising patients to take their medications with suhoor (pre-dawn meal) and iftar (evening meal), even if the interval between doses is less than 12 hours. Furthermore, he urged individuals with epilepsy, as well as parents of affected children, to prioritize regular sleep patterns and avoid late-night activities, exposure to bright screens, and excessive use of electronic devices, all of which could potentially trigger seizures.

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