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Kuwait inks deal with Canada for cancer treatments

Health minister signs agreement to develop cancer fighting centres in Gulf state.

Kuwait inks deal with Canada for cancer treatments
CANCER FIGHT: Kuwait said on Tuesday it was teaming up with Canada to help develop its cancer treatment services. (Getty Images - for illustrative purposes only)

Kuwait's health chief said on Tuesday that an agreement had been signed with Canada aimed at improving cancer treatments in the Gulf state.

Dr Hilal Al-Sayer, health minister,and Canada's University Health Network (UNH) inked a memorandum of understanding in Toronto which included a 10-year action plan to raise standards in Kuwaiti health services.

Speaking to KUNA News Agency, the minister said Canadian specialists would work on plans to develop management in Kuwaiti cancer fighting centres including surgical, radial and chemical therapy treatment.

He said cooperation would cover the diagnosing, education and training while Kuwaiti physicians would travel to Canada for training as part of the agreement.

The agreement is expected to help Kuwait provide better health care services, enhance and improve health investment and education of Kuwaiti medical staff, the minister added.

Following his visit to Canada, Al-Sayer is expected to visit the US to explore similar health cooperation deals.

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