Category Archives: Health

MOH opens world-class oncology laboratory

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The Ministry of Health opened Tuesday the Yacoub Behbehani Laboratory, a world-class oncology laboratory and the first of its kind the Middle East, in Al-Sabah Medical zone in Kuwait City.
The sophisticated oncogene laboratory, which is part of the ambitious Yacoub Behbehani Laboratory Building and Bone Marrow Transplantation Center, is expected to make a great difference in discovering and treating advanced and complicated types of cancer, ministry spokesman Dr. Ahmad Al-Shatti said, Some cancer patients do not improve after receiving chemotherapy, radiotherapy, or immunotherapy, and the new laboratory would help discovery if they have any genetic mutation, thus allow their doctors to identify the most suitable treatment, he said.
He added that these tests could also help doctors know the genetic mutations of other diseases such as children epilepsy, hearing loss, etc.
He pointed out that oncogene laboratory is equipped with the state-of-the-art equipment and devices.
Previously, the ministry used to send samples for such tests to laboratories abroad and wait between 14-30 days to receive results, but now the new laboratory would provide it with results in less than one week.
This will save much time and cost, he said.

MOH Unveils Health Fees For Expats, Visitors

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#Kuwait: Pregnant expatriate wives will no longer be able to give birth in the public Hospitals free of charge, Women with valid residence permits will have to pay KD50 health fees if they undergo natural childbirth in public hospitals from October 1, 2017.

Under the new rules, expatriate women will have to pay KD10 for each extra day they spend at the hospital after the three-day delivery period.  Public Hospital will levy KD400 on foreign women who have no residence permits and who deliver during their stay in the country, plus KD70 for each extra day they spend at the hospital after the 3-day delivery period.

Residents will have to pay KD90 for the diagnostic catherisation and KD250 for each stent (a small mesh tube used to treat narrow or weak arteries) Visitors will have to pay KD700 and KD1000 for the same respectively, Residents will have to pay KD4500 for changing a heart valve without surgery, KD3000 for cardiac catherisation and KD2000 for treating a hole in the heart.

Saudi Arabia Responds to Cholera Outbreak in Yemen

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A cholera outbreak has killed 315 people in Yemen since the end of April, the World Health Organization (WHO) said Sunday.
The infectious disease continues to spread across the war-torn country with roughly 30,000 suspected cases reported in 19 of Yemen’s 22 provinces, the UN health agency reported.
Saudi Arabia has launched a massive relief campaign against the cholera epidemic in Yemen. The aid supplied includes sending medicines to treat those infected and to slowdown the spread of the epidemic.

 

Public hospitals raise treatment fees by 20% for Expats

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#Kuwait: The Ministry of Health is expected to increase the fees collected for health services provided to expats by 15-20 % , The ministry had formed a committee to study the fees collected from expats for radiology and lab tests and compare them to those collected by the private sector , The committee found a difference despite the ministry’s operational costs being much higher, the committee submitted the study results to the minister and expected that the new fees would be in effect soon.

Minister helps 500 kg Egyptian woman get medical visa

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India on Wednesday finally gave travel papers to an ailing Egyptian woman weighing 500kg, to visit Mumbai for treatment. This was after the intervention of Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, who herself is currently admitted to a hospital in Delhi for kidney transplant. 36-year-old Eman Ahmed was issued medical visa by the Indian Embassy in Egypt after a Mumbai-based doctor requested Swaraj to help the woman travel to India for treatment.