KUWAIT: The recent drug shortage crisis in Kuwait opened the door to questions about the reasons why Kuwait dropped to the bottom of the list of countries in the region that manufacture its own medicine. Why does Kuwait not manufacture its own medicine? What are the obstacles facing the establishment of factories for medicines and medical supplies as long as the material capabilities are available, reports Al- Qabas daily.
According to the information obtained by the daily, there is a single factory in Kuwait for medicines and medical supplies that does not meet 15 percent of the country’s medical needs, compared to 40 factories in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia that cover 36 percent of the needs of the Saudi market, and 24 factories in the UAE that produce 1,715 pharmaceuticals that include medicines for all chronic diseases and others, and approximately 7 factories that produce more than 300 items of medicines and medical supplies in the Sultanate of Oman.
Dr Al-Enezi shows the bullet that was extracted from the bottom of the skull
KUWAIT: Neurosurgeon working at the Ibn Sina Hospital, Dr. Hamad Jabr Al-Enezi, performed the surgery on the three-year-old toddler to extract the bullet from the bottom of the skull, which was allegedly fired from a machinegun during wedding celebration in Jahra, reports Al-Rai daily. The daily added, the incident happened while the child was playing with his peers in the compound of his family home.
Although the condition of the child is stable, Dr Al-Enezi said the child is not yet able to move his right side, pointing out at the same time that the chance of him being disabled in the future is vague. Dr Al-Enezi said the child suddenly fell on the ground crying and screaming with blood coming out of his head. He had already lost consciousness. He pointed out after the child was rushed to the hospital and X-rays showed the bullet had settled at the bottom of the skull.
Al-Enezi explained he performed the surgery with the trainee Dr Youssef Abu Sido, a delicate operation on the child, which took about an hour and a half, to stop the bleeding in the head and was able to extract the bullet. He stated, after the effect of anesthesia gradually became less the three-year-old began to move his left side and open his eyes, but unfortunately it turned out that his right side did not move until now, referring to the fact that the bullet cut off the path of the nerve cells expressing his hope that the child will be able to walk in future, and it is certain that the percentage of his survival is great, but the percentage of his disability is considered vague at the present time. Al-Enezi explained the bullet was fired from a machine gun and felt sorry for the child who may have to live the rest of his life with a handicap in the event that he does not recover.
KUWAIT: Following the murder of an Overseas Filipino Worker, Jullibee Ranara, The Philippine government has suspended the accreditation of foreign recruitment agencies in Kuwait. The Philippines is studying to blacklist Kuwait recruitment agencies that have violated labor agreements between Kuwait and the Philippines.
The Ministry of Migrant labor in the Philippines stated that the Kuwait recruitment offices will be added to the blacklist and will prevent any Filipino workers from being sent to Kuwait in future, reports Al Rai. 1st Secretary of Migrant Workers, Susan Ople stated that the ministry officials are preparing to discuss with their Kuwait counterpart about weakness and loopholes in bilateral labor agreement between Kuwait and the Philippines. Under new rules monthly monitoring reports on domestic workers and individual employment contracts is also limited to 20 per week for every agency/ labor office.
The local recruitment industry expressed strong opposition to calls to ban the deployment of Filipino domestic helpers to Kuwait, reports Philstar. A deployment ban could do more harm to Filipino workers since it could encourage them to leave the country illegally, according to recruitment consultant Manny Geslani. “OFWs who are victims of human trafficking will be devoid of the protection of the DMW office or POLO and the labor agreement forged by both countries for the welfare and protection of the OFWs,” Geslani said.
Instead of imposing a deployment ban, he urged the government to evaluate the current situation and just limit the number of those being sent to the Middle Eastern country. In a television interview yesterday, Ople said her office is looking at blacklisting erring recruitment agencies deploying OFWs to Kuwait. “We also need to discuss, there are a lot, actually – reporting mechanisms, tracking of welfare cases and the possible whitelisting and blacklisting of recruitment agencies as what we have now in Saudi Arabia. We will explore all possibilities,” she added. The DMW has already issued a preventive suspension order against the Ranara’s employer.
KUWAIT: The Kuwaiti Ministry of Health has launched bivalent COVID- 19 vaccination for individuals 18 years of age and older at 15 medical centers, starting from Wednesday. The bivalent COVID-19 vaccines are boosters that aim at keeping better protection against the original virus strain and a component of the Omicron variant, the ministry said in a press statement.
People can get vaccinated with the new booster at least a couple of months after the last vaccine dose, be it the second shot or the booster, regardless of the type of vaccines, the ministry added. The bivalent booster is primarily intended to provide broad protection against the existing virus variants in general and Omicron strain in particular, and to boost the effectiveness of previous shots, it noted.
COVID-19 vaccines can help protect against severe illness, hospitalization and death from COVID-19, the ministry said, warning that the virus mutates and immunity naturally decreases over time. (KUNA)
KUWAIT: President of the Kuwait Society for Organ Transplantation and Head of the Organ Provision Unit at the Hamed Al-Essa Center for Organ Transplantation Dr. Mustafa Al-Mousawi stated that the number of organ donation card holders is currently 17,000, reports Aljarida daily. In a press statement, Dr. Al-Mousawi said the “Save a Life” campaign will be organized in February to increase the number of card holders by double, save patients suffering from organ failure, and register for organ donation cards. He said he hopes the campaign would contribute to spreading the culture of donation, through the participation of activists and influencers on social media.
Dr. Al-Mousawi revealed that an increase in the number of kidney transplants from brain-dead donors was witnessed in 2022 for the first time since the establishment of the organ transplantation program in Kuwait, as compared to living donors at the Hamed Al-Issa Center for Organ Transplantation. He explained that the center performs about 100 kidney transplants in Kuwait annually.
In the past, 30 percent of the organs came from dead individuals and 70 percent from those living. During recent years, the kidneys taken from the deceased have increased to reach 40 percent, then to 50 percent, and for the first time last year, the number grew to 51 percent of dead donors and 49 percent of those who are alive.
About 80 organs were removed from 32 brain-dead donors last year at the Hamed Al-Issa Center for Organ Transplantation, including 62 kidneys, 15 livers, one pancreas, a heart and a lung. Dr. Al-Mousawi said, “What is new in the kidney transplant program is the increase in the number of transplant operations for patients who suffer from obesity and overweight, in addition to the use of more than one artery when transplanting.”
KUWAIT: The Ministry of the Interior intends to grant foreign investors, regardless of their nationalities, as well as investment entities, privileges regarding their residency, workers and family members in Kuwait, reports Al-Anba daily. According to a decision that is being studied in preparation to be issued, the investor will be granted a multiple entry visa for a period of 6 months to finalize the procedures for licensing his investment entity.
The investor and employees of investment entities are also granted regular residence for a period of 5 years, renewable from the date of issuance of the license, with the possibility of staying outside Kuwait for managers of investment entities for a period exceeding 6 months without obtaining permission for absence.
The decision, which is to be issued soon, includes allowing an entry visa for a commercial visit for those who are used by investment entities from specialized technical workers, and excluding them from the condition of obtaining a university degree, unless he is permitted temporary residence in accordance with Article 11 of Amiri Decree 17/1959 or converting the visit into a family residence.
According to the decision, investors and workers in investment entities who have regular residency will be allowed to obtain an entry visa to join a family, as well as allowing investment entities to apply for an entry visa for several trips not exceeding one year and allowing its bearer to repeatedly enter the country through that visa without being restricted to a period of stay inside the country from the date of entry.
Moreover, investment entities will also be allowed to apply for entry visas for nationalities that are prohibited from entering, after conducting an audit and obtaining security permission from the competent authority in accordance with the established rules and principles.
KUWAIT: The number of people registered on the electronic Hajj platform for this year reached 5,000 in just first 3 hours after its launch, reports Al-Qabas daily quoting sources at the Ministry of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs. The sources pointed to the remarkable demand for registration given the new steps and decisions taken with regards to the Hajj season which promises the lowest prices and the best services.
The sources noted in case the registration is accepted on the platform, those who have applied will receive messages with complete details including the names of caravans, the services offered and the cost and the option will be for the registrants to chose what suits them best. Registration on the platform closes on February 28.