14.6 per­cent Kuwaiti adults di­a­betic: MoH

Kuwait Times - - LOCAL - KUWAIT:

Around 14.6 per­cent of adults in Kuwait have high blood glu­cose lev­els, the Min­istry of Health (MoH) re­vealed yes­ter­day, cit­ing a study con­ducted in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the World Health Or­ga­ni­za­tion (WHO).

In a cer­e­mony to mark the ‘World Di­a­betes Day’, head of the MoH’s me­dia of­fice Ghalia Al-Mu­tairi noted that around 6.1 per­cent of adults have been di­ag­nosed with blood dis­or­ders. More­over, she re­vealed that di­a­betes ac­counted for 4 per­cent of the to­tal of deaths in Kuwait in 2012, adding that the dis­ease is preva­lent in Gulf Co­op­er­a­tion Coun­cil (GCC) na­tions.

The num­ber of di­a­bet­ics in the world has quadru­pled since 1980, the re­sult of obe­sity and a seden­tary life­style, Mu­tairi added. She also high­lighted the need for di­a­bet­ics to un­dergo reg­u­lar med­i­cal tests to help treat the dis­ease.

Mean­while, MoH an­nounced that it is due to host next month 17 in­ter­na­tional con­sul­tant physi­cians who will be con­duct­ing in­tri­cate sur­gi­cal pro­ce­dures, with help from a multi­na­tional con­tin­gent of doc­tors in the coun­try. In a state­ment is­sued yes­ter­day, MoH noted that the visit is part of the min­istry’s en­deavor of invit­ing health ex­perts to Kuwait on a monthly ba­sis, where they will share their knowhow with lo­cal doc­tors. More­over, the 17 con­sul­tant physi­cians, all of whom are well versed in a va­ri­ety of med­i­cal fields, hail from nine na­tions in­clud­ing the United States, United King­dom, Canada, Italy, France and oth­ers. The physi­cians will also take part in med­i­cal lec­tures, work­shops and con­fer­ences, the state­ment added. MoH rou­tinely un­der­takes such ini­tia­tives in ef­forts to in­fuse some in­ter­na­tional ex­per­tise into the coun­try’s health­care sys­tem. — KUNA

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