Health Ministry Keen To Expand Health Centers In Hawally

24 September 2023 Health

In an effort to open many additional specialized centers and clinics in residential areas, the Ministry of Health, according to health sources, is intensifying efforts to destroy, build, complete, and maintain the South Hawally Medical Center, especially with the ongoing coordination with regulatory authorities to obtain approvals, reports Al-Qabas daily. The sources explained that the Hawally area has only one health center that serves about 223,000 people, including about 2,000 Kuwaiti citizens, as per statistics issued by the Public Authority for Civil Information (PACI).

Congestion has become a prominent feature of this center, along with the suffering of the elderly and those with chronic illnesses. The supervisory authorities delayed the approval of the ministry's request to award a tender to one of the parties for the demolition, construction, completion and maintenance of South Hawally Center, which will cost KD 3.8 million. Hawally area had 3 medical centers – West Hawally, South Hawally, and one near Hawally Park, which had been used by a department affiliated with the Ministry of Health since 2014, and with the aim of staying in it for a period of only up to six months until the completion of construction. Sabah Medical Center houses that department.

Despite the readiness of the department building in Sabah area, this period has now exceeded eight years. The presence of only one health center in Hawally area would put additional pressure on Mubarak Al-Kabeer Hospital, specifically its emergency unit. There are repeated scenes of long queues being witnessed at West Hawally Clinic, resulting in patients eventually resorting to specialized clinics in private medical centers and hospitals, which puts another burden on families' budgets, as they often have to visit the clinic multiple times during the week, as well as getting medications from the pharmacy.

There are 112 primary healthcare centers in the country, which are spread across all governorates. Ahmadi Governorate has 31 centers, followed by Capital Governorate with 26 centers, then Farwaniya Governorate with 22 centers, Hawally Governorate with 19 centers, and Jahra Governorate with 14 centers.

 

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