Middle East Healthcare News March 23 2017

Middle East Healthcare News March 23 2017

23rd Mar 2017

Pioneering Kidney Stone Removal in Kuwait


A team of Kuwaiti urologists at the country’s Mubarak Hospital removed multiple kidney stones from a 40 year old patient, using pioneering laser surgery that helps shorten the surgery time, whilst allowing the patient to make a full recovery in just a single week.


The new technique uses high frequency lasers to break the stones into tiny, almost sand like, pieces. Meaning that surgery can be less invasive, and patients can often be out of hospital in as little as a day.


Kuwait’s Mubarak Hospital is one of the country’s most well established, having been in operation since 1982. It covers the Hawalli area which has a population of over 700,000 - making it one of the country’s busiest and biggest.


NMC to Further Expand in the Gulf


Abu Dhabi based NMC Health is aiming to expand its presence further throughout the Gulf, having secured a sizeable bond to finance further ventures in the region.


The company has now set its sights on targeting the hugely lucrative healthcare market in Saudi Arabia, where it already owns a partial stake in one hospital - and is constructing another.


As well as expanding in the Saudi market the company is also on schedule to open a fertility clinic in Qatar - the first in the country - as well as two recently purchased hospitals in the expanding Sultanate of Oman.


NMC hit the headlines last year after it purchased Sharjah’s Al Zahra Hospital for over $550m, a move that was followed by the reporting of profits that had risen by over 60% in 2016.


As healthcare throughout the whole Gulf region grows in an attempt to deal with increasingly wealthy, and unhealthy, populations, NMC are sure to be at the forefront.


High Number of Dengue Cases Discovered in Jeddah


Dengue rates appear to be on the rise in Jeddah, with the city reporting a steep rise in the number of confirmed cases reported over the past two months.


According to the assistant director for public health in the city, Khalid Bawakid, 500 cases of the illness have been reported in the period, with four neighbourhoods in the city being classed as ‘highly vulnerable’.


As a result an awareness campaign has been launched by the Ministry of Health, with more than 2000 residents participating on its opening Sunday alone. Further exhibitions and seminars are also planned, in an attempt to educate people about how to minimise their risk as successfully as possible.

Dengue fever is a common condition in countries with warm climates, with the viral condition being spread by mosquitos. In most cases the symptoms of Dengue are minor and fever like (a high temperature, sore joints and nausea), however in a small number of cases it can be far more severe - and even life threatening.


Severe Dengue cases can lead to vomiting blood, breathing difficulties and stomach swelling - meaning that urgent medical care is required, despite there being no cure.


The fast actions of the Saudi authorities to help educate their people about the risk factors should result in the rates beginning to drop again in Jeddah - however it remains an ever present issue in the Middle East.




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