New blood bank to open in Adan

60% of school­child­ren suf­fer from spinal prob­lems

Kuwait Times - - LOCAL - By Me­shaal Al-Enezi and A Saleh

KUWAIT: Min­is­ter of So­cial Af­fairs and La­bor and Min­is­ter of State for De­vel­op­ment and Plan­ning Hind Al-Subaih stressed the im­por­tance of co­op­er­a­tion be­tween the three de­vel­op­ment part­ners - the pri­vate sec­tor, the pub­lic sec­tor and NGOs - to achieve de­vel­op­ment and build projects that would help serve ci­ti­zens. Speak­ing on in­spect­ing the new blood bank project in Adan that is be­ing funded by co­op­er­a­tive so­ci­eties’ share­hold­ers prof­its, Subaih stressed that the new blood bank would be the sec­ond one af­ter over 50 years since the first blood bank in Jabriya opened. She added that 406,000 share­hold­ers from 63 co-ops par­tic­i­pated in fund­ing the project. “This is rem­i­nis­cent of 1911 when all Kuwaitis par­tic­i­pated in build­ing Mubarakiya School,” she un­der­lined, not­ing that the project’s to­tal cost is KD 6,982,000 that con­struc­tion had started in Dec 2015.She said it would be handed over to MoH in Oct 2017.

Kuwait Oil Com­pany (KOC) has an­nounced that the new Ah­madi Hos­pi­tal will of­fi­cially open in Fe­bru­ary and will pro­vide highly-de­vel­oped med­i­cal ser­vices, in­clud­ing de­vel­op­men­tal and in­ter­ven­tion ra­di­ol­ogy. KOC added that pa­tients would not have to wait long to see doc­tors and pa­tients al­ready hos­pi­tal­ized in the old hos­pi­tal would be moved into the new one us­ing spe­cial am­bu­lances. KOC ex­plained that the old hos­pi­tal build­ing would be kept in­tact as a his­tor­i­cal build­ing and that some of its de­part­ments would still be op­er­a­tional to pro­vide full clin­i­cal ser­vices to geri­atric pa­tients and those in coma.

Phys­io­ther­a­pist at the Chest Dis­eases Hos­pi­tal Dr Hanan Hu­moud said 50-60 per­cent of school­child­ren in GCC states suf­fer from spinal prob­lems be­cause of their school­bags. Speak­ing at an event or­ga­nized by the hos­pi­tal’s health aware­ness com­mit­tee at Ibn Rushd pri­mary school in Faiha un­der the ti­tle ‘School­bag’, Hu­moud stressed that a school­bag should not be heav­ier than 10-15 per­cent of the child’s to­tal weight, its weight should be in ac­cor­dance to that of the child and that it should have a waist strap to pro­tect the back. Hu­moud also ad­vised school­child­ren to stick to their daily timeta­bles to avoid over­load­ing the bag with books. She also ad­vised them to put heav­ier books close to the back of the bag. In ad­di­tion, Hu­moud said trol­ley bags’ han­dles should be ad­justed to avoid forc­ing a kid to bend and drag a heavy bag. Hu­moud then taught the kids a few ex­er­cises to strengthen their back mus­cles to avoid spinal prob­lems.

Head of the An­ticor­rup­tion Au­thor­ity Chan­cel­lor Ab­dul Rah­man Na­mash Al-Na­mash said Kuwait is the only regional coun­try in which the an­ticor­rup­tion au­thor­ity de­mands fi­nan­cial dis­clo­sures from se­nior of­fi­cials and em­ploy­ees. Speak­ing at a press con­fer­ence held on the oc­ca­sion of pub­li­ciz­ing ex­ec­u­tive char­ter num­ber 300/2016, Na­mash said law­mak­ers are obliged to file their fi­nan­cial dis­clo­sures within 60 days of win­ning par­lia­men­tary mem­ber­ship and that any de­lay would sub­ject them to le­gal ac­tions. Na­mash also said that the law al­lows pros­e­cut­ing of­fi­cials’ wives and chil­dren for il­licit gains re­sult­ing from crimes com­mit­ted by these of­fi­cials. Na­mash added that of­fi­cials ap­pointed be­fore the is­suance of the char­ter will have to file in their fi­nan­cial dis­clo­sures within six months.

ATVs and mo­tor­bikes im­pounded dur­ing traf­fic cam­paigns car­ried out last week.

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