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Dr. Ahmed Al Saleh
CEO, Kuwait Health Assurance

UWAIT CITY, Nov 21: Chief Executive Officer of the Health Assurance Hospitals Company — Dhaman, Dr Ahmed Al-Saleh denied rumors circulated on social media alleging health insurance fee will be increased to KD 130 from early next year. Dr Al-Saleh noted it is impossible to increase insurance fee before inaugurating the Dhaman hospitals in 2020.

He stressed the company will organize a press conference in a couple of days to correct the wrong information passed to the public, while shedding light on the entire project. He reiterated the fees remain KD 50 for private sector employees, KD 40 for family residence, and KD 30 for children.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Health is looking into the possibility of offering family insurance package to expatriates at competitive prices, reports Al-Anba daily quoting official spokesperson of the ministry Dr Ahmad Al-Shatti. Al-Shatti disclosed that with a budget of about KD 3 billion, the ministry has many plans such as providing first aid kits and emergency evacuation plan for each clinic.

He affirmed the ministry allowed competitors without local agents to participate in the bidding for renewal of ‘Afiya’ contract; hinting that the winning company might come from Europe, Singapore or Britain and it has the ability to provide services at affordable prices rather than profiteering which is common among local agents.

By Marwa Al-Bahrawi Al-Seyassah / Arab Times Staff and Agencies

Sorce: Arab Times

KUWAIT CITY, Nov 18: The Criminal Court of Menia, Egypt has sentenced to death by hanging the Egyptian who is suspected of murdering a Kuwaiti woman and her Saudi mother, reports Al- Anba daily. The court will look into the case of other accused in the case in January 2018 – the wife and brother of the accused.

Earlier it was reported the ‘murder’ of the victims remained a mystery for some time when they went missing for more than a month until the day their bodies were fished out from a deep well from a desert in Upper Egypt. The suspect was arrested after strenuous efforts by the Egyptian authorities.

The suspect allegedly owns a farm in a village in Minya and he allegedly killed the two women, dumped them in an abandoned well and escaped from the scene. The elder victim is 55-year-old Saudi mother of the 27-year-old Kuwaiti victim, identified only as H.A., who is believed to be a divorcee.

In the meantime the killer was identified as AbdulTawab from Al- Qusiya center in the Assiut governorate. According to investigations, when the victims arrived at the Cairo International Airport, they were received by the suspect’s brother-in- law. He took their baggage to the house of the suspect, AbdulTawab who allegedly drove them to his farm where they were allegedly killed. AbdulTawab reportedly lured the Saudi woman to visit Egypt to invest in real estate.

At the time of the arrest of the 49-year-old AbdulTawab, his 32-year-old wife Hana’a Abdul- Fattah Hashim and her three brothers — Sayed 47, Ali 31 and Mohammad 30 were taken into custody and charged with for complicity in the murder. According to judicial sources AbdulTawab and his wife Hana’a during investigations had admitted to committing the crime.

They confessed that they knew the Saudi victim when AbdulTawab was working in Saudi Arabia under the sponsorship of the former. The main suspect said he convinced the Saudi woman to visit Cairo to purchase a piece of land and a house in Cairo after he saw a lot of money with the two women. He reportedly hosted the two women in his home and received about 200,000 Egyptian pounds to buy a house for them and instead bought six acres of farm from his brothers-in- law in the mountainous region of Al-Khareejin village No 4 in the Samalot Center.

The suspect said he killed the two victims with the help of his wife and after dumping their corpses in the 20-meter-deep well, he filled the well with sand to hide his crime. He also said he bought the land where the well is situated to prevent anyone from entering his private property.

The murder was discovered when the brothers were involved in a fight with their sister (the suspect’s wife) to know how her husband had become rich overnight. It is then she told her brothers the truth and that the women lay buried under the sand in the well.

The brothers also kept mum and did not inform the police. According to investigations, the wife of the suspect re-enacted the crime and guided police to where the 400,000 Egyptian pounds were hidden. She also said she helped her husband commit the crime.

KUWAIT CITY, Nov 18: Customs officers at the Shuwaikh Port have confiscated and destroyed the imitation goods — bags, glasses, cell phone chargers and electrical appliances — coming from China, reports Al-Rai daily. According to sources the confiscated merchandize carried names of world renowned brands. Earlier the General Administration Customs was sending the cargo back to the point of origin but recently a decision has been taken to destroy the counterfeit goods for the interest of consumers

KUWAIT CITY, Nov 16: Ministry of Commerce and Industry has decided to lift ban on the import of onions from Egypt as a step toward resolving crises incited by the skyrocketing prices of onion in less than 24 hours, reports Al-Rai daily.

Months ago, the Ministry of Commerce and Industry banned the import of Egyptian onion after it was found to contain remnants of insect repellent exceeding standard specifications. Sources said recent samples affirmed that onions imported from Egypt are safe and contain the acceptable rate of harmful substances. They said lifting the ban on Egyptian onion will help restore balance in the market, especially as its share in the Kuwaiti market is 40 percent.

They are expecting the onion to reach Kuwait within two days. It is noteworthy the Minister of Commerce and Industry formed an emergency team and gave instructions to find ways of ending the crisis. Meanwhile, Head of Foodstuff Traders and Manufacturers Association Abdullah Al-Be’aijan said 200 trucks carrying 600 tons of fruits and vegetables are put away due to delay in the results of laboratory testing by the Public Authority for Food and Nutrition. He added the samples exceed capacity of the laboratories and the natural traits of the goods have been changed due to the long wait, and making them unsafe for human consumption.


KUWAIT CITY, Nov 16: The General Traffic Department (GTD) has suspended implementation of the decision to impound vehicles if the driver and front seat passenger are not wearing seat belts or if the driver is using mobile phone by hand while driving in compliance with the directive of acting Minister of Interior Sheikh Khalid Al-Jarah and Undersecretary Lieutenant General Mahmoud Al- Doussari, reports Al-Seyassah daily.

The officials issued the directive 24 hours after enforcing the decision which led to impounding of 1,000 cars. Citizens and MPs praised the decision of Al-Jarrah and Al- Doussari, pointing out the negative consequences of impounding vehicles for both the citizens and expatriates.

Several citizens and expatriates had to resort to car rental offices; thereby, bearing the excessive expenses and fines.

Citizens expressed their disappointment over the enthusiasm to impound cars for the above mentioned violations, while reckless drivers keep on having races on the roads but it seems the concerned authorities are not keen on tracking them down.

They said the authorities should impound the cars of reckless drivers, those who beat the red light and those driving beyond the speed limit for two months.

Meanwhile, security sources said the decision to impound cars for not wearing seat belts and using mobile phone by hand while driving was not effective — taking into consideration the negative social and financial consequences, in addition to the accumulation of fines due to the lock put on violators’ files so the GTD has been unable to collect fines estimated at millions of Kuwaiti dinars.

In a related development, a number of bloggers called to mind Lieutenant Abdulfattah Al-Ali who targeted reckless drivers as a way of addressing the traffic problem, up to the extent that some reckless drivers hid their cars inside their houses or even on the roof of their houses.

Also, taxi drivers took advantage of the situation as they waited in front of impounded vehicles centers to offer a ride to the owners of such vehicles at KD 10.

A citizen documented the damages that the impounding procedures caused to his luxury car. Another citizen said the traffic officers asked him to remove his things — heater and other items — from the car before impounding it, leaving him repeatedly saying, “Thanks to the Ministry of Interior.”

By Abubakar A. Ibrahim
Arab Times Staff

KUWAIT: The health insurance fees for expats will jump to KD 130 annually as new hospitals and clinics that will exclusively serve foreign residents are being built. The Health Assurance Hospitals Company (Dhaman) and Health Minister Dr Jamal Al-Harbi yesterday took part in a groundbreaking ceremony for such a hospital in Ahmadi governorate. Harbi told reporters the health insurance hospital is one of the main components of the healthcare system for expatriates, which is implemented and managed by Dhaman as a leading development model for public-private partnership within the government’s work program and development plan.

Dhaman CEO Dr Ahmed Al-Saleh said according to ministry decisions, health insurance for expats will cost KD 130 ($425) annually, covering primary and secondary healthcare. He noted that increasing the insurance fees from KD 50 to KD 130 came after thorough comparative studies of the systems followed in other GCC states and the development factors sought in Kuwait.

Harbi said over two million expats working for the private sector and that their families will benefit from the Dhaman health services in various governorates. Two additional hospitals will be built in Farwaniya and Jahra, in addition to 12 medical centers, which will reduce crowding at public hospitals and primary healthcare centers. Harbi added the Ahmadi hospital will open in 2020. It consists of four storeys and a basement spread over a total area of 36,793 sq m. The hospital has a capacity of 300 beds spread over various departments, including surgery and intensive care. It has more than 70 outpatient clinics of different medical specialties. “The health ministry looks forward to help Dhaman deliver these important hospital projects to serve and provide healthcare to residents of Kuwait,” Harbi said. The Health Assurance Hospitals Company (Dhaman) was established as a public-private partnership project as part of Kuwait’s national healthcare expansion plan. In response to a projected population growth of two million people by 2026, Dhaman plans to build secondary care hospitals and primary health clinics in various locations across Kuwait.

By Faten Omar and Agencies

Source: Kuwait Times

KUWAIT CITY, Nov 14, (KUNA): Ministry of Commerce and Industry inspectors have discovered fraud of 3.940 kgs of gold valued at KD 50,000 ($165,000) at a gold store in Al-Rai district. The case was later referred to prosecution.

The Ministry added in a statement Tuesday that the forged items were gold jewelry items of Indian precision. Cavities in the gold jewelry have been filled with cheap materials in order to increase their weight and sell them as pure gold.

The ministry will take all needed procedures against the forgers, who have already been referred to the competent authorities, the statement added. The ministry will increase inspection of gold and jewelry markets to verify validity and condition of scales and percentage of precious stones engraved with the items displayed for sale.

The Ministry is supervising all the precious metals and stones, whether those displayed at the stores or produced in factories locally or coming from abroad, it said. It will penalize counterfeiters to protect the consumers, the statement concluded.



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