His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Hamad Al- Sabah honored postgraduate medical students in a ceremony held here on Saturday. The ceremony, held under the auspices of the premier, was attended by several cabinet ministers, advisors and senior officials of the Premier’s Diwan, the Middle East regional director of the World Health Organization (WHO) and senior officials of the Ministry of Health. Minister of Health Ali Saad Al-Obeidi gave a speech read out by Secretary General of the Kuwait Institute for Medical Specialization (KIMS) Ibrahim Hadi. The event was also addressed by the representative of postgraduate medical students Dr. Bashayer Al-Kandari.
The minister of health presented a memorial shield to HH the premier in appreciation for his sponsorship and attendance of the event. Following the ceremony, HH the premier voiced much confidence in Kuwaiti youth who have proved high efficiency in diverse fields, saying they are the real fortune of Kuwait. He also thanked the doctors who have acquired doctorates in various medical areas for their great efforts and hard work in coping with scientific advancement and medical development. Sheikh Jaber expressed his support for Kuwaiti youth to get involved in national building and development in their country.
He described human development, training and development as the optimum investment of the nations to enter the age of science and technology. “The government spares no effort to encourage its sons whom it considers the best investment, and whom it seeks to involve in their country’s renaissance and development and to put them on the right direction which we all aspire for,” he said. Kuwait boasts its excellent sons who make great scientific achievements in many fields. For his part, the minister of health addressed the ceremony by saying HH the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al- Sabah has instructed a new 1,000-bed Jahra Hospital to be built.
He thanked HH the Amir for this “paternal and human initiative” for the inhabitants of Jahra Governorate. He congratulated the honored medical students on their excellence, and urged them to work hard to help in the scientific and medical development in their nation. He uncovered a KD-one-billion plus budget has been allocated for building and equipping nine new hospitals with a combined capacity of 5,800 beds. The minister added the contract for the first such hospitals will be signed within a few weeks. Furthermore, he praised the Kuwait Institute for Medical Specialization for helping and training 212 doctors who have finished their postgraduate studies at the facility. He added that his ministry is keen to qualify specialized medical and human cadres in order to provide health care to patients in Kuwait. He noted the plan for specialized medical scholarships and programs for the coming years involves as many as 1,000 new graduates for the five years to come.
In his speech at the event, Secretary General of the Kuwait Institute for Medical Specialization Ibrahim Hadi said the design of a new building for his institute has been finished. A tender is to be announced for specialized companies soon, he said, adding that the estimated cost of the project is KD 24 million. He said the honoring-ceremony for postgraduate medical doctors shows the ministry and institute’s belief in, and recognition of, the value of excellence, hard-work and dedication. It is an incentive for all doctors to keep on learning in order to reach high scientific and practical levels, he said.
For her part, the representative of postgraduate study medical students, Dr Bashayer Al-Kandari voiced much gratitude for their nation which provided them with all their needs of knowledge and science. She promised that she and her colleagues would do their best to contribute to the development of their country under the leadership of HH the Amir.