KUWAIT CITY, May 7, (Agencies): Kuwait’s Public Authority for Agricultural Affairs and Fish Resources (PAAAFR) announced on Sunday that the perished fish phenomenon in the Gulf waters has diminished.
A press release by PAAAFR said that sea surveillance conducted over the last three days showed that no perished fish was found, noting that the fact that decomposed fish was found floating over the water surface indicated that this phenomenon was on the wane.
The Authority hailed the citizens for their eagerness to keep marine environment safe, pointing out that the social media networks have contributed to controlling the phenomenon. PAAAFR had formed a panel to determine the exact cause of recent fish perishing in the Arabian Gulf water.
Minister of Commerce and Industry Khaled Al-Roudhan has issued a number of resolutions for temporarily banning all types of poultry meat (fresh, chilled, frozen and processed) and derivatives, as well as eggs except for those pasteurized at 70°C, from a number of countries including Togo, India, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cameroon, Belgium, Poland, Austria, Switzerland, Sweden, Lithuania, Iran, Croatia, South Korea, Portugal, Macedonia and Nepal as well as the US states of Tennessee and Alabama, reports Al-Anba daily.
The minister also banned import of all kinds of beef (fresh, chilled, frozen and processed) and their derivatives from Canada. On the other hand, Al-Roudhan issued decision to lift the ban on the import of all types of poultry meat (fresh, chilled, frozen and processed), their derivatives and products as well as eggs from Lebanon, Thailand, Denmark, Algeria and Taiwan after they were cleared of bird fl u. The ban on the import of beef and its products (fresh, chilled, frozen and processed) from the Republic of Hungary has also been lifted, provided a certifi cate from the country of origin is attached to state that the meat is free of “mad cow disease” along with other required certifi cates.
Meanwhile, Al-Qabas daily reported that Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, on behalf of the Saudi Food and Drug Authority (SFDA), has notified Kuwait Municipality that Saudi Arabia has issued a temporary ban on the import of poultry meat, table eggs and their products from the State of Kuwait due to the spread of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI).
However, poultry meat, table eggs and their products that have been heat treated or treated any other way that is able to eliminate the bird flu virus have been excluded from the Saudi ban, provided a health certificate is attached with the shipment of these products to Saudi Arabia.
This certificate must be issued by the competent official Kuwaiti authorities and must specify the type of treatment used. According to the letter sent to Kuwait Municipality, the ban will continue until the health status of the region’s livestock stabilizes.
KUWAIT CITY, May 7: Despite the stringent monitoring regulations of the Central Bank of Kuwait on unlicensed and unregulated phenomenon of foreign exchange bureaus, there has been a significant increase in this business recently, as it has overstepped the contracting companies and import-export offices, and reached convenience stores (bakalas).
Sources privy to this kind of business revealed that there are about 39 convenience stores (bakalas) in Kuwait, which carries out “Forex” business and foreign money transfers. These shops offer irresistible exchange rates as well as special charges for huge transfers that exceed KD 4,000 each.
This prompts some expatriates to send their money through these unregimented “Forex” transfer bureaus in bakalas. They indicated that there are nine such bakalas in Jleeb Al-Shuyoukh, fi ve in Farwaniya, six in Hawally, eight in Khaitan, two in Jahra, four in Fahaheel and fi ve in Mahboula
KUWAIT CITY, April 29: A Kuwaiti citizen has been arrested over allegations of fraud and forgery of entry visas. In a press statement issued by Ministry of Interior, the General Department of Public Relations and Media Security explained that the General Department for Residency Investigation Affairs received information about a Kuwaiti citizen who has been providing entry visas to expatriates and charging for them.
Exit seal forged: Securitymen assigned at Salmi Border discovered that an Egyptian was involved in four cases and a travel ban has been imposed on him, says Al-Seyassah. According to a security source, an officer in the travel document checking section found out that the Egyptian has no exit seal as it turned out the seal on his passport was forged. This led to the arrest of the Egyptian along with his companion who admitted the forgery. Meanwhile, an Asian reported to security authorities that a person who claimed to be a security officer stole KD60 from him. A case was registered and investigations are ongoing to identify and arrest the culprit.
By Abdulnasser Al-Aslami, Jaber Al-Hamoud and Munaif Nayef Al-Seyassah Staff and Agencies
KUWAIT CITY, April 29: Police have arrested a Jordanian couple and their child for begging for alms in a well-known mall, reports Al- Anba daily. The trio has been referred to the Criminal Investigations Department before deporting them to the United Arab Emirates because they arrived in Kuwait from the UAE.
The Jordanian was taken into custody when he was seated inside his car in the basement of a well-known mall. The car carried the UAE registration plate, the man was dressed like an Emirati and he was caught red-handed asking for KD 50 from an unidentifi ed person claiming he had lost his wallet and the family wanted to return to the UAE. He also promised to return the money and asked ‘donors’ for their account number with a promise to send the money to them once he reaches the UAE. The man was seized after police received several reports about the activity of the family.
According to a security source, the man had managed to collect KD 8,000 in just a few days. The family which has a valid UAE residence permit will be deported. The source said the UAE authorities are also expected to deport the family to its home country.
By Abdulnasser Al-Aslami, Jaber Al-Hamoud and Munaif Nayef Al-Seyassah Staff and Agencies
KUWAIT CITY, April 29: Lawmakers have called on the concerned government authorities, especially the Environment Public Authority (EPA), to reveal the reason behind the fish kill and to stop blaming fishermen for this serious and recurring incident. In a press statement, Al-Kandari stressed the need to quickly address the problem which threatens the country’s food security.
He urged EPA to submit a detailed report to the Parliament, emphasizing the need for a thorough investigation considering the problem recurs every year without any radical solution. He called on the legislative and executive authorities to take responsibility and to hold accountable anybody proven to have caused the problem.
MP Abdul Karim Al-Kandari underscored the need for the government to take action immediately due to the rising fish mortality and pollution levels in Kuwait’s seas. He said those who tried to disregard the problem made it look like a passing cloud and then pointed accusatory fingers at fishermen.
MP Riyadh Al-Adsani called for intensified efforts to solve the problem on the part of competent authorities such as EPA, Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research (KISR) and Public Authority for Agriculture Affairs and Fish Resources (PAAAFR). He added the ministries of Commerce, Health and Municipality Affairs must work towards continuous inspection and ensure strict compliance with regulations to protect public health. He said the Ministry of Interior must conduct aerial inspections to determine the extent of the environmental catastrophe. He also unveiled a plan to ask the parliamentary Environmental Affairs Committee to conduct investigations, stressing the government must bear the responsibility considering this is not a new problem and millions have been spent to solve it. He went on to say that preserving the natural stock of fish and ensuring safety of marine environment should be the priorities of the executive and legislative authorities.
Earlier, the Kuwaiti Fishermen Union denied the accusation that fishermen caused the fish kill. In its official statement, the union asserted, “With broken hearts, we closely followed up the fish kill issue, including the accusations that EPA hurled at fishermen. We were surprised that despite the facts presented to EPA, it keeps on blaming fishermen. “We call on EPA to reveal the truth and stop making accusations without evidence. Fishes are dying due to the high level of sea pollution and the concerned authority is hurling accusations without conducting investigations. This happened despite the publication of photos showing the fish kill phenomenon on social media. “We, the fishermen, are keen on maintaining safety of the marine environment more than others because it is our only source of livelihood. EPA must shoulder its responsibilities, protect the marine environment and prevent pollution in the bay which is the world’s second largest fish reserve.”
KUNA adds: The Ministry of Health on Saturday quashed social media reports on a statement warning against eating seafood, especially contaminated fish that can cause cancer. Neither the ministry, nor its food lab has issued statements on fish mortality, spokesman Dr Ahmad Al-Shatti, added in a press release. The lab receives local, and imported fish referred to it by the Kuwait Municipality. So far, it has not examined the dead fish, he said. The ministry is playing due role, coordinating and cooperating with the bodies concerned with food safety, such as the Environment Public Authority (EPA), Al-Shatti said. He urged citizens and expats not to buy fish from the unlicensed and unofficial outlets that do not apply the least standards and conditions of food safety.
Source: Arab Times
KUWAIT CITY: Kuwaiti medical crew at the Maternity Hospital successfully carried out a rare ovarlectomy- surgical operation to remove a fibroid weighing 33 kgs from the abdomen of a woman who had been suffering from the disease in her left ovary, reports Al-Qabas daily.
According to the Consultant Obstetrics and Gynecology Surgeon and a professor at the Faculty of Medicine in Kuwait University Dr Walid Fahad Al-Jassar, the patient has since been discharged from the hospital and is now going about with her normal activities without experiencing any symptom of medical issues.
He explained that he was the one who supervised the operation on the 55-year old patient. She was suffering from acute pain in her swollen abdomen such that she could not sleep or eat. She heard about a similar operation about a year ago and she approached the doctors for possibility of carrying out the operation. Dr Al-Jassar revealed that the medical crew, which included Dr Wafa Al-Duwaisan, carried out necessary X-ray tests before the operation. This gave them the opportunity to ascertain location of the fibroid on the left ovary. He said the operation went on for three hours before the 32.5-kg fibroid could be removed completely, adding, “The patient was taken to the Intensive Care Unit directly after the surgery for rest and further medical follow-up, considering the intensity of the operation”.
KUWAIT CITY April 18: Director-General of the Kuwait Municipality Eng Ahmed Al-Manfouhi has given the concerned officials two weeks grace period to answer how tons of frozen fish and shrimps entered the country although a ministerial decision was issued to prevent the entry of some fish and meat from some countries, reports Al- Rai daily.
Al-Manfouhi has referred the issue of non-compliance of the decision issued by Minister of Commerce to the Public Prosecution for investigation. According to the decision the import of frozen shrimps from India and some kind of meats from the US and Italy was banned but the circular did not reach the land border posts in time.
The officials in the Kuwait Municipality are blamed for causing delay in sending the circular to all land border posts. The daily also added, the exact destination of foodstuffs that entered the country remains a mystery. A reliable source in the Municipality said the shipments which entered the country lack proper documents such as the disease free certificate.
Speaking to the daily, Member of Municipal Council Dr Hassan Kamal said the Municipality must take act now and disclosed how much shrimps and meats have entered the country illegally without approval of the Food Imports Department at the Municipality.