KUWAIT: Kuwait Health Minister Dr Jamal Al-Harbi announced Saturday that 79 new ambulances would join the Emergency Medical Services' (EMS) fleet in near the future, increasing the number of ambulances to 298. Nine of the new ambulances would especially be equipped for intensive care and over-weight patients, he said.

In a statement on the sidelines of the final football game of the EMS tournament, Harbi said the introduction of the new ambulances is part of the Ministry of Health's plans to develop the EMS through recruiting paramedics and air ambulances.  The ministry is keen on boosting EMS and improving capabilities of its staff, he said.

Harbi added that it is important to develop communications between EMS control room and ambulances. Meanwhile, arbi said two Korean medical teams would be visiting Kuwait next month. The first is specialized in transplant and the other in medical information systems, like the e-file of the patient. - KUNA