Robust healthcare ‘can tackle crisis’

BAHRAIN’S robust health system can withstand any challenges thrown at it, declared a top minister.

The system did not collapse despite the intense pressure exerted by the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, thanks to the dedicated efforts and sacrifices of the medical personnel, said Health Minister Faeqa Al Saleh.

She was addressing the Shura Council during its weekly session at the National Assembly headquarters in Gudaibiya yesterday.

Her comments came during a vote on a royal decree to establish the Prince Salman Medal for Medical Merit issued by His Majesty King Hamad during the legislative recess.

The Shura Council unanimously approved the decree which was also unanimously approved by MPs earlier this month.

“We are all working to get life back to normal,” said Ms Al Saleh, adding that efforts to strengthen the health system began in December 2019 even before the outbreak of Covid-19.”

She added that to combat the pandemic, co-ordination teams were formed following directives by His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Crown Prince and Prime Minister, and from it stemmed the National Taskforce for Combating the Coronavirus (Covid-19).

The minister also pointed out that Bahrain has contributed 25 accredited studies and researches on vaccines and treatments during the pandemic.

“Our health system is solid and ready to face any challenges in the future,” she said, thanking both Parliament and the Shura Council for their support.

Ms Al Saleh urged unvaccinated individuals and those who haven’t taken the booster shot to get their jabs.

She also notified the chamber of the 10-year strategic plan to revamp the Salmaniya Medical Complex and add seven new speciality clinics – details of which were published in the GDN on Friday.




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