KUWAIT: According to health sources, preliminary estimates indicate a decrease in the rate of expatriates visiting health centers by 20 to 25 percent since the imposition of fees for dispensing medicines from December 18 at KD 5 for health centers and hospital casualty departments, and KD 10 for outpatient clinics, reports Al-Rai daily. According to informed sources, the estimates are based on a comparison between the current numbers recorded between December 19, 2022 and early February 2023, and the official statistics for the year 2020 when visits by non-Kuwaitis to casualty clinics in hospitals reached 975,553 in total.
The number of visits may decrease by about 300,000 by the end of this year.
Regarding the outpatient visits in general and specialized hospitals, the sources said, “Visits by expatriates amounted to 701,156, according to 2020 statistics. It is likely that their number will decrease by a percentage similar to the decrease in visits to casualty departments.
Outpatient clinic visits are generally lesser than visits to casualty departments. Therefore, the rate of decrease may be higher than visiting casualty departments by the end of this year.”
Regarding visits to clinics, the sources expected a decrease of 25 to 30 percent.
In a related context, the sources revealed that the fees imposed to obtain medicines led about 30 to 40 percent of the expatriates, according to preliminary estimates, to go to the private sector pharmacies to buy their prescriptions. However, about 60 percent or more expatriates still get medicines from pharmacies of government health facilities, according to the sources, because the medicines dispensed to them equal or exceed the value of the fees they pay.
KUWAIT: Kites adorned with Kuwait’s national flag colors were were flown above Kuwait’s Shuwaikh beach on Sunday, as a wave of patriotic fervor grips the country.
The kites, designed by a team of Kuwaiti volunteers, ran circles around the sky as part of festivities in store for Kuwait’s national celebrations, team leader Omar Buhamad said. Since its inception in 1995, the Kuwaiti team has assembled a vast array of kites as part of its contributions towards festive occasions, he said. – KUNA
KUWAIT: The Ministry of Health has signed a contract to purchase new equipment for a number of hospitals, including Al-Adan, Al-Sabah and Jaber Al-Ahmad, reports Al- Qabas daily. The Minister of Health, Dr. Ahmed Al-Awadi, said, on the sidelines of the Radiology and Nuclear Medicine Conference these devices will arrive in the country within three months, saying this is within the framework of the Ministry’s keenness to keep abreast of the latest developments in international medical technology.
Speaking of the conference, Al- Awadhi said that it is being held after interruption due to the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic while at the same time expressing his pride in the presence of national cadres in various specialties, whether in the radiology and radiotherapy departments at the Kuwait Cancer Control Center and the nuclear medicine departments.
He pointed out that these three disciplines play an important and essential role in the advancement of technology with the participation of international companies, as radiation therapy systems and treatment through nuclear medicine develop, in addition to the diagnostic role and progress in the standards of accuracy in devices and related lectures. He expressed his happiness with the participation of many scientists, doctors and consultants from countries of the world to enrich the scientific discussion.
KUWAIT: About 1,800 expatriate teachers await their fate in light of the Ministry of Education’s intention to cut down the number of expatriate teachers in some disciplines for which alternative Kuwaiti teachers are available, most notably Islamic education, social studies, computers, art education, and music, reports Al-Rai daily. According to educational sources, the Public Education Sector in the ministry has provided the Administrative Sector with a list of the teachers’ names to take the necessary measures.
A meeting with the two sectors will be held soon to develop a mechanism to terminate the services of this large number of members of the educational staff, and to set dates for informing them of the decisions and signing the termination letters. However, the sources denied that the termination of the teachers’ services was based on instructions from the Civil Service Commission (CSC).
They said, “About three years ago, they were included in the replacement policy, because the ministry is committed to the specified percentage of male and female teachers, as the percentage of Kuwaitis exceeds 72 percent, and the percentage of expatriates is less than 27 percent.” The sources indicated that the teachers’ services would be terminated in August due to their entitlement to summer vacation salaries, according to the educational stage and the end dates of the year according to the academic calendar.
They said this approach is based on the instructions of the Minister of Education, Higher Education and Scientific Research Dr. Hamad Al-Adwani regarding ending the services of expatriate teachers if national components are available. In addition, the Ministry of Education is still receiving applications from new teachers (local contracts) on its website, as well as rejecting the applications of dozens of applicants for some majors, because they are limited to children of Kuwaiti women only, according to the official website of the ministry.
KUWAIT: Drones form images of Kuwait’s icons and traditions over Green Island on Feb 16, 2023. Around 2,000 drones from Zain lit up the Kuwait sky in collaboration with Touristic Enterprises Company.
KUWAIT: The Ministry of Interior conducted a security campaign at Salmi scrap area which resulted in arresting 76 expats including criminals wanted by law, along with them residence violators and without identification. All have been referred to the competent authority to take legal measures.
KUWAIT: A collision between a vehicle and a truck, Wednesday, on Kabd Road resulted in 3 deaths and 3 injuries, reports Al-Rai daily. The Public Relations and Media Department of the Directorate-General of Fire Department (DGFD) stated after a report was received by the Central Operations Department firemen from the Kabd Center fire brigade rushed to the site of the accident, and found three people had died and two of the three who were reported injured were trapped under the truck and that they were rescued and taken to a hospital.