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NCC for greater vigil on private health centres

posted on 16/03/2004: 3285 views

The National Consultative Council (NCC) has called for developing a monitoring system and private curative and pharmaceutical institutions, to guarantee their compliance with appropriate medical standards and criteria.

At its second session of the 15th legislative chapter, held on Monday under the chairmanship of Abdullah bin Mohammed Al Masoud, the NCC's Speaker, the members proposed that activities of these centres should be classified and closely monitored in the best interests of the public health. Ghaith bin Hamil Al Ghaith, a member, drew the attention of the house to the phenomena of random dealing in non-conventional medicines and the existence of misleading commercial advertisements pertaining to the public health.

"These issues are dangerous to the public health and should be carefully considered to avoid health hazards that might have fatal consequences," said Al Ghaith. He lauded the Zayed Complex for Herbal and Traditional Medicine, recommending that dealing in herbal and alternative medicines should be in coordination with such a specialised centre for this type of medicine.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Health had made it mandatory that in order to secure publicity for their items, advertising agencies should meet certain conditions to avoid hyperbole usually used to show the advertised items as the unique and best quality.

The10-year-old `Visiting Doctors Programme' (VDP), adopted by the (MoH) to allow local doctors to avail of foreign expertise, and reduce the number of patients seeking treatment abroad, was also scrutinised on Monday by the house while debating means of improving health services. There is a need to have a controlling system to supervise the VDP to avoid any kind of fraud in specialisation, claimed by visiting physicians, suggested Mr Al Ghaith.

Member, Mohammed Rashid Al Nasiri, proposed that health authorities should consider speedy implementation of a health insurance system, which he said would help find solutions to most of the problems facing the health sector in the country. The house, meanwhile, also proposed during its session establishment of a federation responsible for enhancing the local industries, while maintaining quality services for consumers.

Another member, Ahmed Sultan Al Halami, suggested that to develop local products, monopoly should be curbed and that concerned authorities should seriously consider the fact that owners of local factories insist on making 100 per cent profit, especially in cement and steel production. (The Khaleej Times)


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