Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Only 2,2% of national income spent on health care system in 2011

Kuwait spends 2.2 % income on health

KUWAIT:  Kuwait’s spending on the health sector increased by 86 percent during the period between 2005 and 2010. However, it totaled to only 2.2 percent of national income, stated a recent report prepared by the Skills Consulting and Public Relations Company. This was held  in cooperation with experts in local health and development fields. The report published by Annahar daily yesterday states that the government spent KD 877 million on the health sector in 2010, while it only spent KD 470 million in 2005. The report, however, indicates that the quality of medical services provided during that period increased between five and 25 percent, according to studies held by Ministry of Health(MoH) statistics, reported  Annahar.

In other news, Minister of Health and Finance Mustafa Al-Shamali has altered the pharmacy licensing law,  according to which, a pharmacist must complete a minimum five years in the field after graduation before obtaining a license to open a private pharmacy, reported  Al-Rai.
Source: Kuwait Times

Monday, January 2, 2012

55 732 babies born in Kuwait in 2011

31,525 Kuwaitis born in 2011

KUWAIT: Rashed Al-Azemi, Director of the Central Birth and Death Administration at the Ministry of Health, said that a total of 55,732 birth certificates and 5,816 death certificates were issued during 2011.

New born Kuwaiti babies totaled 31,525, of whom 15,635 were male and 15,890 were female.

More than 11,000 birth certificates were issued to the stateless residents, and 500 death certificates. He emphasized that forgery in birth and death certificates is almost non-existent, and in case of discovery they are sent to the Public Prosecution Department.

He said mistakes in the date of birth and death certificates are very limited and caused by a lack of information. He added that death and birth records for both Kuwaitis and expatriates are entered into computer records. —Al-Anbaa

Source: Kuwait Times