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SCH President visits Hamad Town Health Centre, praises Sehati Programme success


President of the Supreme Council of Health (SCH), Lieutenant-General Dr. Shaikh Mohammed bin Abdulla Al Khalifa, has affirmed Bahrain’s keenness to provide the best health services to all the citizens and residents, as well as to constantly improve the quality of those services to ensure their sustainability.

This would serve the comprehensive development process, led by His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, and contribute to implementing the plans put forward by the government, led by His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, the Crown Prince and Prime Minister, to develop the health sector, he said.

He praised the role played by the primary healthcare centres, noting that they are the cornerstone of health services in the Kingdom and the first point of contact for the individual with the healthcare system. He added that they deliver many services for individuals to enjoy sound health, including the promotion of healthy behaviours, early detection of diseases, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation.

The SCH President made the statements while paying an inspection visit to the Hamad Town Health Centre, as part of a series of field visits to primary healthcare centres to follow up on the progress and Autonomy Project.

During the visit, Dr. Shaikh Mohammed bin Abdulla praised the progress of the implementation of the National Social Health Insurance Program (Sehati), aiming to achieve comprehensive health coverage, as well as enhance the quality and competitiveness in providing health services to meet the aspirations of beneficiaries.

He asserted that the Autonomy Project, under which the “Choose Your Doctor Programme” falls, supports the continuity of all kinds of health services provided, and ensures the delivery of high quality and competitive services.

He indicated that the Autonomy Project aims mainly to reduce the waiting time for diagnostic and treatment services, enhance and develop services to reduce the need to admit patients to hospitals, as well as provide the citizens with the freedom to choose the government hospital from which they receive all services for free.

Chief Executive Officer of Primary Healthcare Centres, Dr. Lulwa Rashid Showaiter, stressed the keenness of the primary healthcare centres on the optimal implementation of the “Choose Your Doctor” programme, which falls under the umbrella of the “Autonomy” project, in order to enhance preventive and treatment services provided to the community, as well as ensure the early detection of diseases.

She commended the role played by the Supreme Council of Health in achieving the aspirations of the health system through the implementation of the Sehati Programme, stressing that all programme and initiatives aimed at strengthening the role of primary care will be fully activated, which will contribute to achieving the forecast goals and ensuring comprehensive health coverage for all.

Source: Bahrain News Agency

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