PLANS are underway to set up a specialised clinic to diagnose and treat sleep disorders in Bahrain.
The National Health and Regulatory Authority (NHRA) is holding talks with Sehatu Arabia, a subsidiary of the leading California-based sleep-care services provider Sehatu, to set up a hi-tech facility for sleep care services in the kingdom.
Details were revealed during a meeting between NHRA chief executive Dr Mariam Al Jalahma and Sehatu Arabia CEO and consultant sleep specialist and neurologist Dr Amer Khan yesterday.
“Efforts are on to enhance co-operation with various leading health and medical institutions to continue improving the level of health services provided to all members of society,” said Dr Al Jalahma.
During the meeting, attended by officials from Sehatu Arabia and NHRA, aspects of co-operation to provide comprehensive sleep care services in Bahrain were reviewed.
Officials also discussed ways to raise awareness about sleep problems and how to treat them, with Dr Al Jalahma reaffirming NHRA’s readiness to support Sehatu Arabia to provide innovative services.
“This will contribute to facilitating the access of citizens and residents to the best sleep care services and achieving NHRA’s goal in providing the latest health services for all,” added Dr Al Jalahma.
Meanwhile, Dr Khan thanked NHRA for its support and said it would enable the company to provide services for the diagnosis and treatment of sleep disorders in Bahrain.
He said the company was ‘working diligently to facilitate access to sleep care services in modern and effective ways to support individuals and help them lead a healthy and happy life’.
“Sleep medicine services have been started for athletes and partnership and co-operation contracts have been signed with some of the leading institutions in the field of professional sports in Bahrain,” added Dr Khan.
Meanwhile, Sehatu Arabia executive vice-president and ear, nose, throat and sleep diseases consultant Dr Abdulrahman Al Ghareeb said the centre could change the way sleep disorders are perceived in the region.