Supreme Council for Health reviews strategic projects

The progress of work on strategic projects came under the spotlight during a regular meeting held by the Supreme Council for Health (SCH).

Chaired by SCH President Lieutenant-General Dr. Shaikh Mohammed bin Mubarak Al Khalifa, the meeting was also attended by Oil and Environment Minister, Special Envoy for Climate Affairs Dr. Mohamed bin Mubarak bin Daina, Health Minister Dr. Jaleela bint Al Sayyed Jawad Hasan, and other officials.

Lt.Gen. Dr. Shaikh Mohammed stressed the Government’s commitment to provide full health coverage in light the directives of His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa and the follow-up of His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, the Crown Prince and Prime Minister.

Dr. Hasan outlined priority projects and initiatives aimed at supporting the health sector in the Kingdom of Bahrain, shedding light on the national health insurance scheme “SEHATI”, the IT health database project and the planned Central Store for Medicines and Health Supplies, in addition to the restructuring of the SCH General Secretariat and the Nation Health Information Systems.

She updated the session about major projects undertaken by the Salmaniya Medical Complex (SMC) to expand the Accident and Emergency Ward and the Intensive Care Unit to include 123 beds up from 80 at present.

She also outlined plans to extend working hours to include the evening period for operations and the radiology department, expand operations rooms, replace and maintain medical devices at Salmaniya Medical Complex.

She also highlighted other projects aimed at developing health services in government hospitals, providing high-level health care to all members of society, and establishing a financial revenue cycle.

The minister spotlighted other ongoing projects, including the National Genome Centre, the programme to combat cervical cancer, which aims to introduce the human papillomavirus vaccine for boys and girls at the age of 12-13 years to prevent these diseases.

Other current schemes aimed to develop public health laboratories, privatize licensing of food handling shops and vehicles, establish a customer service center, digital transformation of public health services, restructure the the Ministry of Health, and operate the Muharraq Care Center private health were also outlined.

Dr. Hasan also highlighted the projects undertaken by the National Health Regulatory Authority (NHRA) which include mainly a comprehensive electronic system for recording drugs and pharmaceutical preparations, an electronic drug surveillance system to follow up on side effects and risks for the drugs in circulation, and improve patient care and safety with regard to the use of medicines.

Source: Bahrain News Agency

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