Obaidi over­sees key health ini­tia­tives

Kuwait Times - - FRONT PAGE - By Dr M Ziad Al-Alyan

KUWAIT: Health Min­is­ter Dr Ali Al-Obaidi at­tended a joint steer­ing com­mit­tee meet­ing yes­ter­day, which is part of a govern­ment-to govern­ment agree­ment be­tween Bri­tain and Kuwait to in­crease col­lab­o­ra­tion in trade be­tween the two coun­tries in mul­ti­ple sec­tors in­clud­ing health­care. In an exclusive in­ter­view with Kuwait Times, Dr Obaidi stated that his at­ten­dance was to per­son­ally fol­low up on the progress of cer­tain projects.

One of the most ex­cit­ing of these is the elec­tronic link­ing and man­age­ment of pa­tient data be­tween the health of­fice in Kuwait and more than 200 clin­ics and hos­pi­tals around the world in­clud­ing those in the UK, US, Ger­many and France. This sys­tem will al­low for rapid re­fer­rals to be made be­tween Kuwait and any cen­tre in the world. The sys­tem will also al­low for pa­tients’ re­ports and data to be shared by the rel­e­vant sides se­curely and quickly.

This will greatly re­duce loss of files and bank guar­an­tee let­ters along with vi­tal di­ag­nos­tic re­ports, which lead to sig­nif­i­cant de­lays in ad­mis­sion and treat­ment. The project will sig­nif­i­cantly im­prove the ex­pe­ri­ence of pa­tients and rel­a­tives and will sig­nif­i­cantly re­duce costs. Dr Obaidi in­sisted that such projects are vi­tal for pro­vid­ing a bet­ter jour­ney for the pa­tients. The min­is­ter also dis­cussed sev­eral other col­lab­o­ra­tions with rep­utable Bri­tish health or­ga­ni­za­tions.

The min­is­ter’s bold ap­proach in im­prov­ing the health sec­tor in Kuwait is laud­able. The UK is an old friend of Kuwait and is known to have some of the best med­i­cal fa­cil­i­ties in the world. This along with the easy ac­cess Kuwaitis have to Bri­tain and the shared lan­guage makes UK the per­fect part­ner. Most peo­ple in Kuwait hope to see many of these en­deav­ors come to life in the near fu­ture.

KUWAIT: Health Min­is­ter Dr Ali Al-Obaidi meets Bri­tish Am­bas­sador to Kuwait Matthew Lodge dur­ing a joint steer­ing com­mit­tee meet­ing yes­ter­day.

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