By Andy Sambidge
Health minister seeks MoUs with hospitals in bid to raise standards in Gulf state.
Kuwait is planning to sign agreements with Canadian hospitals and universities as part of its efforts to raise healthcare standards in the Gulf state.
Minister of Health Dr Hilal Al-Sayer, currently in Toronto on an official visit, said coordination with Canadian healthcare organisations was already underway and memorandums of understanding would be signed soon.
The agreements would include strategies on developing human resources in the medical field, with a Canadian medical team being invited to help manage Hussein Makki Juma Centre for Specialized Surgeries, he said in comments published by KUNA News Agency.
Other venues of cooperation would include educational and training, as well as e-training, the Kuwaiti minister added.
The move is the latest by Kuwaiti health officials to tie up with healthcare experts overseas in a bid to improve services at home.
In November, Kuwait signed a memorandum of understanding with a leading UK children’s hospital specialising in childhood cancer and leukaemia.
The agreement with Great Ormond Street Hospital in London will see the exchange of experience, visits by medical staff, and sending Kuwaiti children with cancer to England for treatment.