MOH races to build tow­ers, hos­pi­tals

Kuwait Times - - FROM THE ARABIC PRESS -

KUWAIT: Mo­ti­vated by its role in keep­ing up with the pop­u­la­tion growth and ur­ban ex­pan­sion around Kuwait, the Min­istry of Health (MOH) is cur­rently in the process of ex­e­cut­ing a num­ber of mega projects to build pub­lic hos­pi­tals and health care cen­ters in or­der to fin­ish them ac­cord­ing to sched­ule.

In this re­gard, the 2009-2010 MOH bud­get al­lo­cated KD 1.25 bil­lion to build ‘med­i­cal tow­ers’ in var­i­ous ar­eas around Kuwait within the state’s de­vel­op­ment plan as well as MOH’s pro­gram to de­velop health ser­vices, re­duce med­i­cal ap­point­ments’ wait­ing time and end pa­tients suf­fer­ings while wait­ing to re­ceive proper treat­ment. The projects in­clude the Jaber Hos­pi­tal, the new Amiri Hos­pi­tal Tower, de­vel­op­ing Al-Sabah, Far­waniya, Adan, and the in­fec­tious diseases hos­pi­tals as well as the Kuwait Can­cer Con­trol Cen­ter (KCCC). The projects also in­clude the Ibn Sina hos­pi­tal de­vel­op­ment project, which is about to be of­fered for pub­lic bid­ding, and the Jahra hos­pi­tal de­vel­op­ment project that is be­ing han­dled by the Amiri Di­wan.

In­formed sources added that min­is­ter Dr Ali Al-Obaidi was per­son­ally fol­low­ing up with the projects to make sure they would fin­ish on sched­ule. The sources added that ac­cord­ing to plans, there would be 125 poly­clin­ics in Kuwait by 2018. The sources also noted that once fin­ished, the Jaber Hos­pi­tal would in­clude 1,168 beds, adding that the to­tal cost for build­ing the Amiri Hos­pi­tal Tower was KD 11 mil­lion.

Mean­while, high-rank­ing sources at the Gen­eral Sec­re­tariat of the Supreme Coun­cil of Plan­ning and De­vel­op­ment said that a pro­posal con­cern­ing the pri­va­ti­za­tion of pub­lic hos­pi­tals’ ad­min­is­tra­tions ac­cord­ing to the pub­lic-pri­vate-part­ner­ship (PPP) prin­ci­ples had been dis­cussed, adding that fur­ther meet­ings with MOH of­fi­cials would be held in this re­gard. — Al-Qabas, Al-An­baa

KUWAIT: This file photo shows the Jaber Hos­pi­tal un­der con­struc­tion.

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