Kuwait, S. Korea eye closer medical cooperation

By Ibrahim Ahmayed SEOUL, May 10 (KUNA) — Health Ministry’s Undersecretary Dr. Khalid Al-Sahlawi has discussed with a senior South Korean health official means of promoting medical cooperation and putting in place the two memoranda of understanding signed between the two countries on Monday. This came in a statement on Tuesday to KUNA following the meeting between the two officials. Al-Sahlawi is among a high-level delegation, headed by His Highness the Premier Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah, currently in Seoul.
The two sides also dealt with opportunities of training Kuwaiti doctors in South Korea. Al-Sahlawi said there are two successful experiments in this regard in France and Canada.
The Kuwaiti official expressed his admiration of South Korea’s high-tech medical equipment, voicing desire of his country to extend cooperation to cover many sectors.
They focused on a proposal of South Korea’s management of one of the ninth hospitals currently built in Kuwait and sending Kuwaitis to train on management at hospitals in Seoul.
Al- Sahlawi said the first MoU was signed on Monday for exchanging expertise and training Kuwaiti doctors at Korean hospitals, adding that it was inked after “we noticed Korea’s advancement and development in the medical sector”.
He noted that South Korea spends about 6 percent of its GDP on this sector, compared with 16 percent in the US and 11 percent in Europe.
The second memo is pertaining to the possibility of sending Kuwaiti patients suffering from cancer for treatment in Korea’s medical centers, he pointed out.
Meanwhile, the Korean official said his country sees great opportunities for developing medical cooperation with Kuwait, adding that Korea’s medical technology lives up to international standards.
He revealed that Korea provides better and cost-effective medical services compared with the services in the US and other countries.
He said Korea has a successful experiment in managing hospitals; it sent last year a 250-member team to manage and operate Sheikh Khalifa Specialty Hospital in UAE. (end) anj.maa.hm

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