Kuwait will build a branch of the France-based cancer research institute Gustave Roussy, as part of the government's vision to build more hospitals.
Gustave Roussy is a world-renowned cancer centre specialising in patient care, research, and education. Located in France, the centre is regarded as one of the leading cancer centres in the world, and Kuwait will now build a branch of the specialist hospital, although a location has not been determined.
Kuwait's government said the Gustave Roussy centre would "improve methods of diagnosis and testing" by using the latest medical technology to treat a range of cancer-related diseases.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State for National Assembly, HE Anas Khalid Al Saleh, said Kuwait would be able to attract leading medial practitioners from around the world by building a branch of the Gustave Roussy centre.
No information on the cost, size, or location of the yet-to-be-built cancer centre was disclosed.
Kuwait's cabinet has instructed the Ministry of Finance to "urgently finalise" all of the details for the project, so a plan can be fast-tracked to get the cancer clinic off the ground.
This plan falls under Kuwait's Vision 2030 strategy, which aims, among other things, to promote healthcare through the construction of hospitals and medical clinics, as well as the expansion and upgrade of the country's existing medical infrastructure.
In July, HH the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah inaugurated the country's $1.2bn (KWD364m) Jahra Medical City, which has a total construction area of 72.4ha.
Kuwait, though, is not the only country in the GCC that is rapidly building more hospitals. Saudi Arabia is in a race against time to increase the number of hospital beds in the country as it looks to cope with a population spike.