Wed, 07 April 2021
His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, the Crown Prince and Prime Minister, has hailed Bahrain’s health workers on the occasion of World Health Day.
Whilst chairing the weekly Cabinet meeting, Prince Salman highlighted the Kingdom’s set goals for curbing the spread of Covid-19 during the upcoming period, which centres around reducing mortality and hospital admission rates, increasing vaccination rates and encouraging all citizens and residents to follow preventive measures.
He then commended the Ministry of Interior’s and the Ministry of Health’s efforts towards the health and safety of inmates and workers in correction and rehabilitation centres, in accordance with established health measures, and celebrated the efforts of Bahrain’s frontline health workers on the occasion of World Health Day.
The annual event, which is recognised by the World Health Organisation (WHO), highlights the significance of strengthening health services. The body has issued five calls for action: Accelerate equitable access to Covid-19 technologies between and within countries; Invest in primary health care; Prioritise health and social protection; Build safe, healthy and inclusive neighbourhoods; and Strengthen data and health information systems.
Bahrain is one of the few countries where such calls have already been heeded and applied well before WHO issued them.
Healthcare has always been a top priority in Bahrain. The Kingdom has been investing heavily in the health sector to ensure the safety, health, protection and wellbeing of all its citizens, residents and visitors. There is not the slightest hint of discrimination on any ground, and nobody, regardless of their nationality, race, gender, religion, or beliefs should be left behind or out.
Public hospitals have been built in major cities and healthcare centres have been set up across the Kingdom, within easy reach and easy access. Private clinics have been encouraged to start practice and pharmacies to open, all in accordance with the laws and regulations and under the vigilant oversight of the National Health Regulatory Authority.
Health universities and colleges, with impressive curricula, practice and facilities have helped Bahrain and the Gulf region benefit from the high quality and comprehensive healthcare education for surgeons, doctors, nurses and allied health professionals.
When Covid-19 struck, Bahrain was ready to deal with the pandemic, mitigate its fallout and confine its spread. The National Taskforce for Combatting Covid-19 was set up in February 2020 to lead the confrontation under the directives of His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa.
Bahrain used technology through the BeAware app to unify efforts toward mitigating the spread of coronavirus by active contact tracing, new case and recovery updates, test scheduling facility, regulation of the people in-home quarantine, and booking vaccination appointments.
The Kingdom was among the very first countries to enable its citizens and residents to book their appointments for the vaccination and to choose which of the five vaccines available they want to receive. The app also provides an official certificate to those who have been vaccinated.
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