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ARAB HEALTH OFFICIALS DISCUSS PROTECTION OF PATIENTS’ RIGHTS

KUWAIT, June 11– Representatives of Arab health ministries are meeting in Kuwait to discuss laws and regulations related to protecting the rights of patients and the growing incidents of violence towards children and doctors across the region.

In an opening speech at the Meeting of the Legislation Committee of the Council of Arab Health Ministers here Tuesday, Kuwaiti Health Ministry Under-Secretary Khaled Al-Sahlawi said the important initiative to hold the meeting comes in order to protect the rights of patients and to discuss more steps for control on medical practice.

“We as medical officials vow to provide patients their full rights which they will receive through laws have been that ensured by hospitals across the Arab world,” he said.

It is crucial to pinpoint the reasons behind acts of violence against doctors. These incidents are prevalent across Arab states and the world, he added.

The meeting is also discussing the search for legal steps that protect children and providing mothers with adequate awareness, through social workers, on how to appropriately handle their children.

Legal steps that ensure the rights to healthcare of able-bodied and special needs people will also be discussed, he said.

The meeting is also an opportunity to exchange expertise on a provisional law for the protection of patients’ rights, he said, adding that this falls under efforts aimed at reaching the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which highlight human rights and healthcare as the core base for development.

Arab League Health Chairperson Laila Najem noted a number of provisional measures already achieved on the Arab level, adding that the meeting would aim to take on from where these left off.

As an example of this, plans for a traditional law aimed at regulating the practice of traditional, alternative and complementary medicine were made and adopted by the Arab Ministers’ Council in 2012, she explained.

SOURCE: KUNA