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AIDS test for everyone visiting maternity, gynecology clinics
March 14, 2015, 7:03 am

Minister of Health Dr Ali Al-Obaidi has issued a ministerial decision, mandating an AIDS test on everyone visiting maternity and gynecology clinics, and everyone visiting clinics for sexually transmitted diseases and (skin diseases), reports a local daily. In his decision No. 46/2015, the minister affirmed the test is a prerequisite for admitting patients in these clinics before providing them medical care in hospitals and at healthcare centers.The ministerial decree emphasizes on the implementation of the abovementioned test in both government and private sector hospitals, and recommends test samples to be referred to accredited labs in the ministry for testing.

Chairman of Kidney Diseases (renal disorder) Association Dr Turki Al- Otaibi has stressed on the importance of periodic test on kidney diseases, reports a local daily. He indicated, “There are various causes of these diseases, and non-communicable chronic diseases tops the list.” Dr Al-Otaibi pointed out 50 percent of kidney diseases are caused by diabetes, and 30 percent are caused by blood pressure. In a press statement on the sidelines of ministry’s celebration of the World Kidney Day, under the theme ‘Kidney Health for All’, Dr Al-Otaibi explained diabetes, heart diseases, high blood pressure and obesity are directly responsible for renal disorders (kidney diseases).

Dr Al-Otaibi indicated the marathon that is due to be held on Saturday, 14 March , 2015, along the Arabian Gulf Road, is aimed at stressing the importance of sports, which helps in preserving the health of kidneys. He added that, “walking on a daily basis helps protect the body from diseases.” He indicated, next Thursday, a ‘booth’ will be opened at the 360 Mall, with the objective of testing diabetes and blood pressure and provide health guidelines.

Al-Otaibi highlighted the importance of the World Kidney Day which is marked annually on the second Thursday of March to spread global awareness on the importance of kidneys and reducing the frequency and impact of kidney disease and its associated health problems worldwide.

Meanwhile, Head of the Digestive System and Liver Unit at Sabah Health District Dr Wafa Al-Hashash has warned about the increasing number of people infected with gastric spiral bacteria —nearly half of the world’s population, reported Al-Anba daily. Al-Hashash explained the bacteria is harmful to the stomach as it has been found to have caused duodenal ulcer for 70 to 80 percent of the patients suffering from the disease. She said the bacteria can be detected through medical checkup, while the common symptoms include nausea or vomiting.

However, many people are not aware of this danger and other digestive system problems caused by the bacteria like stomachache indigestion. The World Health Organization (WHO) even classified it as among the factors leading to cancer, she added.

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