Kuwait stresses im­por­tance of early di­ag­no­sis

Kuwait Times - - LOCAL -

IS­LAM­ABAD: Kuwait stressed yes­ter­day the im­por­tance of de­vel­op­ing aware­ness on the en­vi­ron­men­tal causes of some can­cers, and strate­gic in­ter­ven­tions within na­tional ac­tion plans to ad­dress the harm­ful ef­fects on health. Early di­ag­no­sis of cancer through com­mu­nity health sur­veys is so es­sen­tial to im­prov­ing sur­vival, Dr Ri­hab Al-Wutinyan, Di­rec­tor of the Pri­mary Health Care Depart­ment, said.

Al-Wutinyan made her re­marks while ad­dress­ing the 64th ses­sion of the World Health Or­ga­ni­za­tion (WHO) Re­gional Com­mit­tee for the East­ern Mediter­ranean in Is­lam­abad. Kuwait has suc­cess­fully im­ple­mented na­tional health screening pro­grams for the early di­ag­no­sis of cancer, the mem­ber of the Kuwaiti del­e­ga­tion at the ses­sion, noted. Some of these pro­grams are the Na­tional Pro­gram for Early Di­ag­no­sis of Colorec­tal Cancer, and the early di­ag­no­sis pro­gram for breast cancer among women, she added. The pri­mary health care sys­tem can be­come the start­ing point for im­ple­ment­ing na­tional strate­gies and ac­tion plans for preven­tion, early di­ag­no­sis of cancer and ad­dress­ing re­lated risk fac­tors, she said.

The del­e­gate also high­lighted her coun­try’s com­mit­ment to pre­vent and treat chronic dis­eases since the is­suance of the United Na­tions Po­lit­i­cal Dec­la­ra­tion in Septem­ber 2011. Kuwait has fol­lowed a multi-pronged pro­ce­dure, in­clud­ing the con­fir­ma­tion of high-level com­mit­ment through the for­ma­tion of a Higher Com­mit­tee for Preven­tion and the re­sponse to chronic dis­eases, she added.

Wutinyan in­formed the at­ten­dees that the com­mit­tee, formed un­der the su­per­vi­sion of Kuwaiti health min­is­ter, in­cludes lead­ing mem­bers and spe­cial­ists from in­side and out­side the min­istry. It also in­cludes civil so­ci­ety and public ben­e­fit as­so­ci­a­tions with a health re­la­tion, she added.

The health min­istry has also up­dated the pro­to­cols and poli­cies of the work at the level of pri­mary health care and Hos­pi­tals and pal­lia­tive care, she en­dorsed.

Health­care

The World Health Or­ga­ni­za­tion (WHO) yes­ter­day agreed on the pro­posal by Kuwaiti del­e­ga­tion, led by Min­is­ter of Health Dr Ja­mal Al-Harbi, to dis­cuss the frame­work to pro­mote health­care and face ef­fects of cli­mate change. The pro­posal was pre­sented by a mem­ber of the Kuwaiti del­e­ga­tion, Dr Ah­mad Al-Shatti dur­ing 64th ses­sion of the WHO Re­gional Com­mit­tee for the East­ern Mediter­ranean here in Is­lam­abad.

The Kuwaiti del­e­gate pro­posed meet­ing be­tween the min­is­ters of health and min­is­ters of en­vi­ron­ment next year, which was adopted on the spot. He also called for ben­e­fit­ing from the ini­tia­tive of health cities to en­gage the public in health re­spon­si­bil­ity, through deal­ing with the so­cial and en­vi­ron­men­tal de­ter­mi­nants. The regis­tra­tion of 9 healthy cities in Kuwait gave im­pe­tus to the ac­tiv­ity and the com­mu­nity com­mit­ment to health, said Shatti.

Shatti ex­pressed his pride to en­sure that the cur­ric­ula of the Fac­ulty of Medicine and the Public Health Col­lege in Kuwait ad­dress­ing vi­tal is­sues such as cli­mate change, air pol­lu­tion, and health. He noted that the ed­u­ca­tional and train­ing cen­ter is one of the main axes of fac­ing the chal­lenges and it is time to in­vite uni­ver­si­ties, re­search cen­ters and re­searchers to de­velop public health cur­ric­ula, adding that pro­vid­ing these op­por­tu­ni­ties for wider ar­eas would ad­dress the chal­lenges of en­vi­ron­men­tal pol­lu­tion, air pol­lu­tion and cli­mate change.

Kuwait also dis­trib­uted the study of the health ef­fects of in­dus­trial pol­lu­tants to the del­e­ga­tions par­tic­i­pat­ing in the meet­ing as an ap­plied ex­pe­ri­ence of the pro­posed Frame­work for Cli­mate Change and Vul­ner­a­bil­ity (20172021). He wel­comed the shar­ing of ac­cu­mu­lated tech­ni­cal ex­pe­ri­ence with the coun­tries of the re­gion. The re­gional Di­rec­tor of WHO, Dr Mah­moud Fikri pre­pared the meet­ing in the first quar­ter of 2018 and ad­dressed the coun­tries in at­ten­dance to name two health and en­vi­ron­men­tal ex­perts to start prepara­tory meet­ings for the con­fer­ence. He con­firmed that Kuwait has been able to mix the en­vi­ron­men­tal in­di­ca­tors and in­di­ca­tors of vi­tal health of the Min­istry of Health in­clud­ing birth reg­is­ter and cat­e­gories, the pat­terns of med­i­cal records, the rea­sons and rates of en­try and exit of hos­pi­tals, emer­gency records, and cancer records. He ex­pressed Kuwait’s sup­port for the pro­posal and thanked the WHO and En­vi­ron­men­tal Health Cen­ter for their out­stand­ing ef­forts in the field. Dr Harbi ac­com­pa­nied by other se­nior of­fi­cials from Kuwaiti Min­istry of Health are among the high level rep­re­sen­ta­tives from 22 coun­tries in WHO’s east­ern Mediter­ranean re­gion at­tend­ing the four-day event.

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