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Dr. Khoshaim Lauds Health Cooperation with Canada
02 December 2013
The Vice Minister of Health for Planning and Development, Dr. Muhammad Khoshaim, has pointed out that the Saudi-Canadian Agreement started to bear fruit; as manifested in exchanging medical expertise between both parties, given that Canada is one of the advanced countries in the medical domain, in addition that McMaster University provides support and help in this field.
 
Dr. Khoshaim made this announcement this morning after he inaugurated the workshop, hosted by the Saudi Society for Evidence-Based Health Care (SSEBHC), pertinent to the MOH Assistant Agency's for Planning and Training, in collaboration with McMaster University in Canada. The workshop is held over the period from 2nd to 5th December, 2013 (corresponding to 29th Muharram to 2nd Safar, 1435 H), under the title: “Guidelines Development and Adaptation in the KSA”.
 
 “The workshop aims at consolidating the ideas of physicians and medical practices, as well as identifying the way of dealing with patients with strokes, for instance,” said Dr. Khoshaim. He went on adding: “Such workshops shed light on the specific and unified method of doctors, to be followed in the treatment of any disease. Canadians were actually the first to bring this idea into being. Therefore, McMaster University is usually associated with this idea all over the world; as they have great experience, in addition to the number of specialized books issued in this field.”
 
Within the same vein, Dr. Khoshaim highlighted: “Part of the agreement signed between both friendly countries, stipulates giving off 30 to 40 common diseases, so as to standardize or unify the medical practice methods in the treatment. Besides, Some Saudi physicians participate in this workshop, so that they can meet the Canadian delegate, and gain their expertise, in an endeavor to save time and start from where others have ended. Also, a book unified all over the Kingdom will be issued within a year, Allah Willing.”
 
Over and above, Dr. Khoshaim indicated that the diseases are numerous; however, we begin with the most common ones, with which the emergency departments and clinics constantly deal. In addition, we ask the Saudi associations specialized in some certain diseases to help consolidate their ideas, as well as making an abstract on the treatment process; in order to be shared with and  viewed by those who are involved (whether a nurse, a doctor, or a trainee). Dr. Khoshaim underlined that this work has several benefits; such as reducing the medical errors, a comprehensive understanding of the medical exercise by all workers, the speed of achieving the work, and knowing the required steps of treatment. Moreover, Dr. Khoshaim underscored that most of the world became aware of the importance of this method, and began to follow this example, stressing that we badly need such a way in the Kingdom; because we have physicians from around the world, while each one of them has a different culture, thinking and a way of exercise different from the other; a matter which required unification of treatment methods.
 
It is worth mentioning that the four-day workshop, hosted by SSEBHC, pertinent to the MOH Assistant Agency's for Planning and Training, in collaboration with McMaster University in Canada, aims at taking advantage of the Canadian expertise in the medicine domain; in an endeavor to improve the quality of health care, through the development and adoption of best clinical guidelines for preventive, diagnostic and therapeutic techniques, aside from narrowing the gaps in services provided to the patient at all levels of the health care system, in addition to the enactment of laws, and development of the systems needed to be applied in health facilities.
 
 
 
 



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