Lifeline for medical research.
THE Health Ministry has thrown a BD3,000 lifeline to young Bahrainis who say they are hard pressed for funds to carry out medical research.
The initial amount was announced during the opening of the fourth regional conference on medical journals in the Eastern Mediterranean region yesterday at the Golden Tulip Hotel.
"This is a very important boost for the youngsters and they should be able to use it well," said ministry's training and planning assistant under-secretary Dr Fawzi Amin.
"The funds will be made available through the Bahrain Medical Society."
The three-day conference, which has brought together more than 220 participants, including 160 from abroad, is organised by the society in collaboration with the Eastern Mediterranean Regional Office of the World Health Organisation (WHO).
"There are rumblings within the researchers' community that there is not enough backing for their efforts so this is the first step that Health Minister Dr Faisal Al Hamer has taken," said Dr Amin.
"We will continue to promote such research and encourage students to come up with some ideas."
Conference chairman and society president Dr Ahmed Jamal hoped the event would serve as a platform for editors of medical journals from the region and beyond to refresh knowledge and share thoughts and ideas.
"There are several papers at the conference which would be of great help to younger researchers and editors," he said.
Organising committee chairman Dr Faisal Al Nasir said they had received 70 papers for six scientific sessions.
He said they had been encouraged with the response to the event. "We hope to be able to hold a similar conference again."
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