Saturday, December 5, 2009

Bahrain: Women Make Progress in Healthcare

From Gulf Daily News:
Bahraini women's role in the health sector was yesterday praised by Her Royal Highness Princess Sabeeka bint Ibrahim Al Khalifa.

The country should be proud of the progress made in empowering women to fulfil crucial roles, said the wife of His Majesty King Hamad and chairwoman of the Supreme Council for Women.

She was speaking as she awarded 39 women during a celebration to mark Bahraini Women Day at the Health Ministry's College of Health Sciences.

According to the latest figures released by the government, nearly 60 per cent of doctors working for Bahrain's Health Ministry are women.

They account for 57pc of doctors and 67pc of dentists.

Sixty per cent of all Health Ministry employees are women and 81pc of them are Bahraini, said Health Ministry public health and primary care assistant under-secretary Dr Mariam Al Jalahma.

"Female nurses make up 88pc, while women in supervisory positions are 51pc, specialist ranks 58pc, and executive ranks 44pc of Bahrainis for 2008," she said.

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