Kuwait role model for health care in de­ten­tion places: ICRC

Kuwait Times - - LOCAL -

KUWAIT: Kuwait is the only Arab coun­try that di­rectly des­ig­nates the Min­istry of Health to pro­vide health care in places of de­ten­tion, said Co­or­di­na­tor of the In­ter­na­tional Com­mit­tee of the Red Cross’ (ICRC) pro­tec­tion depart­ment Ralph We­hbe yes­ter­day. We­hbe in state­ment dur­ing the sec­ond GCC work­shop on health care in de­ten­tion held re­cently in Kuwait praised the unique and lead­ing ex­pe­ri­ence of Kuwait in this re­gard.

The ICRC is car­ry­ing out its own ac­tiv­i­ties in places of de­ten­tion in Kuwait, Bahrain and Qatar, un­der bi­lat­eral agree­ments with the rel­e­vant au­thor­i­ties, point­ing out that it has been work­ing in Kuwait since the Gulf War (1990-1991). He also said that the ICRC’s re­gional del­e­ga­tion cov­ers the needs of the GCC coun­tries re­sult­ing from war, armed con­flicts and on­go­ing vi­o­lence in the re­gion.

Mean­while, Dr Feras Abu Samra, a doc­tor in charge of health in de­ten­tion at the ICRC said the work­shop aims to ex­change ex­pe­ri­ences and dis­cuss com­mon chal­lenges in deal­ing with some is­sues re­lated to psy­cho­log­i­cal health in de­ten­tion, adding that this work­shop came af­ter the first work­shop which was held in Kuwait in Novem­ber 2014.

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