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NEWS WRAP: ‘Select your doctor’ scheme

Bahrain News
Wed, 12 Sep 2018

A SCHEME that allows people to select their family doctor will be implemented in five new health centres in the country.
The ‘Choose Your Doctor’ scheme was introduced at A’ali Health Centre in January and will now be rolled out to cover National Bank of Bahrain Health Centre in Arad, Bilad Al Qadeem Health Centre, Isa Town Health Centre, Kuwait Health
Centre, and Ahmed Ali Kanoo Health Centre.
“People will be able to register in (these health centres) from September 16 until October 31,” said the Health Ministry in a statement issued yesterday.
“This is the second stage for the programme which has been very successful since it has been introduced.”
The GDN reported in January that residents covered by the A’ali Health Centre were able to select their preferred General Practitioner (GP) under the new scheme.
The scheme is part of a broader initiative to restructure health centre operations so that each one is self-sufficient.

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TRA fraud alert
FRAUDSTERS have been targeting mobile users in Bahrain by posing as employees of the country’s telecommunications watchdog, it has emerged. 
The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) said it has received reports of con artists approaching people through WhatsApp and mobile calls claiming to be employees and giving out cash prizes.
The TRA has advised consumers to “refrain from engaging with these scammers” and report all suspicious communication to the Interior Ministry’s General Directorate for Anti-Corruption, Economic and Electronic Security.
“TRA also advises consumers to block these numbers on WhatsApp to limit further communication,” it added in a statement issued yesterday.
“The TRA would further like to emphasise that it does not give out cash prizes or use WhatsApp as an official means of communication.”
Thai centre tribute to Premier
An information centre named after His Royal Highness Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa opened in Thailand yesterday.
The Premier delegated Health Minister Faeqa Al Saleh to open the hub at the Prince of Songkla University in Pattani, southern Thailand.
Songkla University President Professor Dr Niwat Keawpradub attended the ceremony, along with Bahrain’s Ambassador to Bangkok Ahmed Al Hajeri and senior officials.
The milestone includes a 220-seat reading room and other research facilities about Bahrain and the Middle East.
Thai Songkla University officials paid tribute to the Premier for his donation to set up the centre.
The minister also took part in a meeting with the university’s college of medicine, and discussed health co-operation. She also visited the university hospital and was briefed about medical services.
Lane Closure
Resurfacing work on Shaikh Isa Bin Salman Causeway will lead to the closure of one lane and two lanes in stages for westbound traffic from Muharraq to Manama.
The closure will start at 11pm today (Sept 13) and end at 5pm on Sunday (Sept 16), the Works, Municipality Affairs and Urban Planning Ministry announced yesterday (Sept 12).

Awards review
THE Isa Award for Service to Humanity Board of Trustees met yesterday.
Deputy Premier Shaikh Mohammed bin Mubarak Al Khalifa chaired the panel, which discussed preparations for second meeting of the jury, which will be held on October 5-6 in Manama.
The team will review nominees for the award and draw up a shortlist of potential winners.
The board endorsed a plan to take part in the Arab Awards Forum, which will be held at the King Faisal International Award in Riyadh, to discuss co-operation between Arab awards.
Focus on women
A PANEL discussion was held at the Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris on a book, Bahraini Women in the Era of His Majesty King Hamad.
The event was attended by Supreme Council for Women (SCW) secretary general Hala Al Ansari, Bahrain’s Ambassador to Belgium Dr Bahiya Al Jishi, Bahrain’s Ambassador to France Dr Mohammed Abdul Ghaffar, SCW legal adviser Dr Mohammed Al Masri, officials and journalists.
Club open house
THE importance of communication skills for today’s professionals will be highlighted at an open house being organised for members of the Bahrain Advanced Toastmasters Club later this month.
Top Toastmasters and leaders will be speaking at the forum on September 29 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Bahrain at 4.30pm.
Speakers will include Toastmasters District 20 director Khurram Salman, club growth director Muhammed Saleem, division director Shivraj and area director Rose Hernandez.
Club president Ali Shahbaz Ali and vice-president (education) Farhaz Farouk will give a presentation on the club’s new education programme, Pathways.
A number of events are lined up for the afternoon, including prepared speeches, impromptu speeches, evaluations and installation ceremony of the new executive committee.
Registration is compulsory and can be done via email or by calling 39600705.
Walk-in participants can avail entry at a cost of BD3.500.
BRCS workshop
Bahrain Red Crescent Society (BRCS) has taken part in a regional workshop on media and communication in Lebanon. The International Committee of the Red Cross, the regional office of International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies for the Middle East and North Africa organised the three-day event. The workshop focused on media and communication during crises, the significance of field media, target audience and appropriate media messages, ways of dealing with social media and preparing influential media materials through smartphones. Head of public relations Ali Kadhim Madan stressed the importance of social media in conveying media message to the public during disasters and crises. He said the principle of partnership in humanitarian work adopted by the Bahraini Red Crescent calls for the optimal investment of social media to establish communication and co-operation with international humanitarian organisations.

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