Via the Saudi Gazette: Kingdom ‘struggling to tackle several health challenges’. And not a word about MERS, which is as it should be; Professor Jamal points out far more widespread and dangerous problems, especially for women. Excerpt:
Saudi Arabia is facing plenty of health challenges, an expert here has said.
Prof. Hasan Jamal, former chairman of the Saudi Society of Gynecology and Maternity, said health statistics for Saudi Arabia are very tragic and that World Health Organization (WHO) reports on the Gulf region concerns him.
“Obesity, diabetes, blood pressure, breast cancer and other diseases are widely spread at staggering and astronomical levels and we are at the forefront of countries in this sense, representing many difficult challenges,” he said.
He noted health authorities are making great efforts to combat these challenges but they are not enough to improve matters.
Jamal said increasing rates of health diseases was due to a lack of education programs or individuals in the community who cannot afford to accommodate them.
He believes that there are deficiencies in awareness programs, while there have been many conferences and seminars that resulted in important recommendations that had not been followed up.
Jamal gave an example of some Asian countries such as Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia that are considered developing countries, but are “in fact very developed because they have accurately and strictly implemented all the recommendations of health conferences.”