CAIRO, Feb 27 — Arab League Secretary General Nabil Al-Araby said Thursday that the Arab health sector is currently burdened by ongoing difficult circumstances and events in the Arab region such as violence, terrorism, and killing.
These circumstances force more people to leave their crisis-stricken countries and move to other neighboring ones, increasing the burdens on the health sectors of countries they fled to, Al-Araby said in his speech at the 43rd session of Arab Health Ministers Council.
The Arab League chief called on the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean to support the infrastructure of Palestine’s health sector and boost it by providing medical equipment and training medical staff in order to present premium medical services to the Palestinian people in light of current frequent Israeli aggression.
Al-Araby also commended the USD five million donation by the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah to support WHO’s activities to face Ebola virus outbreak, which pose a big threat to human life, as well as economic and social situations.
On a separate note, Kuwaiti Minister of Health Dr. Ali Saad Al-Obaidi and his Egyptian counterpart Dr. Adel Al-Adawi inked here on Thursday a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for promoting health cooperation between the two countries.
In a statement to KUNA, Al-Obaidi said that the Kuwaiti-Egyptian cooperation relations in health field are deeply-rooted, referring to Egyptian role in health services in Kuwait.
“We have big cooperation with Egypt’s governmental and nongovernmental institutions tasked with health care,” he said.
He added that the signing of MoU reflects the two governments’ commitment to exchange expertise in this field, looking forward to further cooperation with Egypt.
On his part, Al-Adawi underlined the significance of the MoU, noting that it is an opportunity to promote cooperation in pharmaceutical industry and opening new horizons.
Meanwhile, Kuwait’s Ambassador to Egypt Salem Al-Zamanan told KUNA in a statement that by signing this MoU, the deals inked between the two governments, in less than three months, have reached 12.
This proves that the bilateral relations are growing and developing, he said, noting there are several Kuwaitis studying at faculty of medicines and receiving treatment in Egypt.