GENEVA, May 24 (KUNA) -- Kuwait's Health Minister Sheikh Dr. Basel Al-Sabah on Friday handed over His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah's award in the fields of health care for the elderly and health promotion to a team of researchers at La Paz Hospital in Madrid, Spain.
This was part of the 72nd session of the World Health Organization (WHO), which runs from May 20 to 28.
This team of researchers in the field of aging and osteoporosis of the elderly at the Institute of Research of the Spanish Hospital and was founded in 2006.
The Executive Council of the World Health Organization has adopted the recommendation of the Award Committee to hand over His Highness the Amir's Award to the Institute for its "achievements in the field of health care for fractures among the elderly, which contributed to reducing the complications and deaths and shortening stay in hospitals for those cases".
In a statement to Kuwait News Agency (KUNA), Kuwait's Health Minister expressed his deep gratitude and appreciation for this generous initiative from His Highness the Amir.
He added that this award comes as part of the flowing donations and generous support of the leader of humanity for health and development initiatives at the world level, which is praised by international organizations.
He pointed out that this award, under the auspices of the World Health Organization (WHO), which is dedicated to the best initiatives and research on health care for the elderly and health promotion, confirms the role of health systems in addressing the challenges of health care for the elderly in recognition of their role in achieving development.
He added that His Highness Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah's award for the best health initiatives in the field of health care for the elderly is one of the bright signs on the path of positive cooperation between the World Health Organization and Kuwait, which dates back to the period when Kuwait became a member in the Organization in May 1960.
For her part, head of the research institute in La Paz Hospital Villa Lopez lauded, in a statement to Kuwait News Agency (KUNA), the award of His Highness the Amir for specializing in the diseases of the elderly and aging, which are classified as the most vulnerable in the world.
For his part, Kuwait's Permanent Representative to the United Nations and other organizations in Geneva, Ambassador Jamal Al-Ghunaim, told KUNA that the award is one of the hallmarks of the distinguished partnership with the World Health Organization (WHO) and represents a leap forward in global research on geriatrics.
Al-Ghunaim added that the strategic relationship with the World Health Organization (WHO) is developing at a good pace, adding that this is reflected in the continued tribute of the Director-General of the World Health Organization, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus over evolving cooperation with Kuwait. (end)