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KUWAIT CITY, May 30: The phenomenon of patients left abandoned in different wards of hospitals of Ministry of Health is overshadowed by various aspects including humanitarian and financial aspects represented in the high cost of their stay in the hospitals for a long time, reports Al- Qabas daily.
It is a pitiful scene to see the patients’ children not responding to the screams of their fathers or mothers who beg to take them back home. The cost of accommodating these abandoned patients in the hospitals is very high especially since some staying in the hospitals for nearly ten years.
Necessary actions are required to be taken to solve this problem especially with the enforcement of increased charges for the health services offered to expatriates since October 2017.
According to sources, embassies often refuse to interfere in such matters due to the high cost of a patient’s stay in a hospital ward especially after the increase in the medical charges since October 2017.
The cost for accommodating some patients in hospitals exceed thousands of dinars. Some stay in hospitals for years before deciding to leave the country.
The sources indicated that there are no accurate statistics about the number of forgotten patients, which keeps changing from time to time with either the patients leaving the hospitals after a long time, or having passed away, or being shifted to a different site in accordance with the wishes of their family.
They explained that there are about 100 such patients in the pediatric and internal units of Mubarak Al-Kabeer Hospital, 70 in Jahra Hospital and only four in Farwaniya Hospital.
The Department of Internal Medicine in Jahra Hospital has 38 patients who have been staying there for a long time. There are no such cases in Ibn Sina Hospital for Specialized Surgeries, or Al-Razi Hospital, which deals with long-term medical cases and medical follow-up of patients who were involved in traffic accidents or who underwent operations in their spine, back, feet, etc.