KUWAIT CITY, Oct 25, (KUNA): The administrative department in the Supreme Court rejected a lawsuit filed by a lawyer against the Ministry of Health (MOH) to overturn its decision to increase health care fees for foreigners.
The Fatwa and Legislation Department pleaded on behalf of the ministry of Health and demanded to dismiss the case and submitted a defense memorandum behind the ministry’s decision. The case was first heard by the court last August, and decided on Oct 4 to hold the case for the verdict until today.
Health ministry has issued a decision to increase fees on expatriates due to increase in costs for providing health care services such as surgeries, medical equipment, laboratories and medical supplies.
The decision came into force on Oct 1 with the exception of emergency and critical cases. Earlier, Kuwait Health Minister Jamal Al-Harbi announced the exemption of some categories of expatriates from paying the new healthcare fees.
These exemptions included non-Kuwaitis married to Kuwaiti women. The minister also issued several “explanatory decisions” regarding health insurance, fees pertaining to medical prescriptions and receiving intensive care at public hospitals for non-Kuwaitis, read a ministry statement.
Intensive care fees will be subject to a medical report approved by the doctor and after consultation from the head of the specialised ward, said the minister, adding that domestic workers will not be subject to these fees. He reiterated that the increase in the fees is due to the high expense burden of healthcare on the ministry.
Those exempt from the fees include children under the age of 12 of cancer patients, non-Kuwaiti women married to Kuwaitis, non-Kuwaiti mothers of Kuwaitis and the daughters of a Kuwaiti mother married to a non-Kuwaiti.
Others include people receiving care at welfare homes, Gulf Cooperation Council citizens, illegal residents, members of official delegations, transit travelers, non-Kuwaiti prisoners and students on a Kuwaiti-funded grant.
By Abubakar A. Ibrahim
Arab Times Staff
Source: Arab Times / KUNA
KUWAIT CITY, Oct 25: Assistant Undersecretary for Technical Affairs at the Environment Public Authority (EPA) Mohammad Al- Enezi announced the imposition of KD 10,000 fine for anyone who makes barbecue on the beaches, considering it a ‘tough penalty’, in respect of fines for barbecuing in public parks, which varies according to the type of violation, reports Al-Rai daily.
“The environmental law does not punish the activity of barbecue itself, but it punishes the effect and pollution resulting from any activity that harms the surrounding environment and accordingly determines the type of violation and the monetary fine,” Al-Enezi said in a statement.
He indicated the violation may be in accordance with one or more provisions contained in the Environmental Protection Law, and each provision has its own financial penalty. He explained when a resident or a citizen is caught in a permitted range and does not comply with the provisions of the Environmental Protection Law and his activity results in causing harm to the environment, or whoever makes barbecue in non-permitted locations, the law will be applied according to the type and size of the violation. He added, the violator may be subjected to other penalties for violating laws issued by the Kuwait Municipality or the Public Authority for Agricultural Affairs and Fish Resources.
Source: Arab times
KUWAIT CITY, Oct 23: Assistant Undersecretary for Public Security Affairs at Ministry of Interior Major General Ibrahim Al-Tarrah has issued orders to deport 22 expatriates who were arrested from makeshift markets, reports Al-Anba daily. The decision to deport them is in line with implementation of the regulations related to violation of the residency law. No further details were available.
Employee bribed: Security operatives are looking for a citizen who presented a cheque to an employee of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor as a bribe to facilitate his transaction, reports Al-Rai daily. The lady employee filed a complaint at a police station in the Capital and said the citizen submitted an application that did not meet specifications, and he tried to bribe her to complete the transaction. Apparently, the citizen left the premises and returned 30 minutes later with a cheque and tried to bribe the lady employee when she asked him to complete the missing documents. She expelled him and notified her supervisor about it. She provided details of the citizen to the police, and a case of bribery was registered
KUWAIT CITY, Oct 23: Minister of Health Dr Jamal Al-Harbi affirmed that any employee of the ministry proven to be involved in corruption will be referred for questioning irrespective of his/her position, reports Aljarida daily. He indicated that the coming few weeks will witness further preparations for the inauguration of Jaber Hospital in different stages.
In an interview with the daily, Dr Al-Harbi stressed his keenness to take relevant executive correctional decisions with full transparency in order to rectify all mistakes and refer those responsible for those mistakes for questioning as soon as the concerned parliamentary committee completes its investigations on the overseas medical treatment file.
He insisted that he will not accept any form of corruption to occur in the hiring and employment of nurses or any other employees of the ministry. Dr Al-Harbi affirmed that he will take necessary legal procedures concerning every complaint in this context by either referring the file to the Public Prosecution or ensuring legal investigations are conducted by the ministry. He said he will not permit the hiring of nurses unless it happens through qualified companies and in line with the declared criteria, indicating that he will not hesitate in taking relevant decisions against any company that is proven to be involved in corruption.
Meanwhile, Dr Al-Harbi clarified that the decision to increase the charges of medical services offered to expatriates was a must as it is part of the integrated medical reform program. Also, the minister indicated that the nature of the job and responsibilities of doctors might make it difficult to include them in the fingerprint attendance system, as it may negatively affect the need for providing prompt medical care for some patients. He indicated that the Kuwaitization of medical, nursing and technical jobs is too difficult to be carried out soon. Dr Al-Harbi disclosed that an integrated project has been planned for complete review and restructure of the medical media with the aim of unifying medical speech.
KUWAIT CITY, Oct 22: The Kuwait Municipality has warned against the throwing of cigarette butts while traveling by car, on sidewalks, in parks and public places, reports Al-Rai daily. The daily added, those caught will have to pay KD 200 fine.
The Head of the Municipality’s emergency team Zaid Al-Enezi told the daily ‘the penalty for violating Article 1 of the Municipal Services Law No. 9 of 1987 which forbids throwing cigarette butts on sidewalks, roads, public squares and parks, is KD 5 and may reach 200 dinars’. Al-Enezi stressed that “there will be no tolerance and the violator will be punished. He added, the law also prohibits spitting and urinating other than those prepared for that. Writing of graffiti or defacing public places is also forbidden. He referred to the penalty set by the Environment Public Authority which is KD 5,000 for those who violate the environment.
‘Protecting youth against drug abuse is top priority’
KUWAIT, Oct 22, (KUNA): The Ministry of Interior attaches great importance to the fight against the self-damaging use of narcotics and prioritizes the efforts to protect youth against the risks of these substances, a senior official said on Saturday. Between early July and October 14, large quantities of illicit drugs have been seized, Assistant Undersecretary of the Ministry for Criminal Security Affairs Maj-Gen Khaled Al-Deyain said.
During this period the security services managed to seize up to 15,506 kg of crystal meth (locally known as shabu), 13,118 kg of heroin, 14,032 kg of hashish, 21,100 kg of spice (also known as Zombie Drug), 8,270 Captagon tablets (dubbed Chemical Courage), 27,635 Tramadol tablets 35 grams of Cocaine, and 17,365 tablets of other narcotic substances, he revealed.
In addition, the lawenforcement agencies, in collaboration with the General Administration of Customs, seized 5,445 bottles of imported wine and 1,000 marijuana saplings, and aborted an attempt to smuggle 1.3 million Captagon tablets into the country, Maj-Gen Al-Deyain said in a statement by the Ministry’s General Department of Public Relations and Security Media.
At the behest of Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Sheikh Khaled Jarrah Al-Sabah, the security services adopt a modern and scientific approach to combating all kinds of narcotic abuse, he pointed out.
The Ministry adopts a notolerance policy against anybody who provide to be involved in drug smuggling or promoting activities with a view to protecting the society against the risks of these self-damaging substances, Maj-Gen Al-Deyain went on. He extolled the supreme political leadership of the country for their limitless support to the ministry in its combat against narcotics, which led to tightening the noose on drug trafficking gangs.
On his part, Director of the Ministry’s General Department of Public Relations and Security Media Brig Adel Al-Hashash said his department spares no effort in promoting public awareness, particularly among the youth, about the physical, mental and economic risks posed by narcotics.
The anti-narcotic educational campaign is the ideal strategy to immunize youth against falling prey to drug addiction, he said, citing the role of security media in this regard. Brig Al-Hashash also highlighted the role of parents in educating children against drug abuse and contributing the efforts of the security services.
Source: Arab times
KUWAIT CITY, Oct 21: The public should refrain from wearing shirts with slogans of drug users known as ‘Dab T-shirt’ to avoid facing legal problems, reports Al-Qabas daily quoting legal sources.
Sources explained the ‘Dab act’ is a sign of consuming hashish or marijuana, indicating a person who sells such shirts in shops or social networking sites is believed to be addicted to drugs.
Sources warned this person will be arrested by investigation authorities or securitymen deployed in markets and commercial complexes. Sources added the ‘Dab’ phenomenon, which came from other countries, spread in the GCC recently