Moh cares for over 41,000 with dis­abil­i­ties

Kuwait Times - - LOCAL - — KUNA

Khaled Al-Sahlawi

The Min­istry of Health of­fers due ser­vices to all per­sons with dis­abil­i­ties in Kuwait, who hit 41,330 till the first quar­ter of 2016, Un­der­sec­re­tary of the Min­istry of Health Khaled Al-Sahlawi, cit­ing statis­tics of the Pub­lic Au­thor­ity for Dis­abled Af­fairs (PADA). Dis­abil­i­ties are var­i­ous, men­tal, phys­i­cal, vis­ual and au­di­tory, Al-Sahlawi added in a press state­ment yes­ter­day as the min­istry marked the In­ter­na­tional Day of Per­sons with Dis­abil­i­ties.

The theme adopted by the min­istry this year is ‘Achiev­ing 17 goals for the fu­ture we as­pire to,’ he said, ap­par­ently re­fer­ring to the Sus­tain­able Devel­op­ment Goals (SDGs) on the UN 2030 Agenda. Choos­ing the motto aims to en­cour­age re­mov­ing ob­sta­cles hin­der­ing merg­ing the per­sons with dis­abil­i­ties into the so­ci­ety, the se­nior of­fi­cial said, not­ing that the min­istry of­fers due health care to the dis­abled through spe­cial­ists of med­i­cal and re­ha­bil­i­ta­tions as­sis­tance.

Sahlawi stressed the vi­tal ne­ces­sity of pre-mar­riage med­i­cal tests to dis­cover cases with ge­netic pre­dis­po­si­tion to pro­duce po­ten­tially chil­dren with dis­abil­i­ties. The min­istry has de­signed a pro­gram to ex­am­ine newly born ba­bies for 22 dis­eases that in­clude hered­i­tary and ge­netic ones, to­gether with some cases of hor­monal im­bal­ances that may lead to men­tal dis­abil­i­ties on the long-term, he noted.

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