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KUWAIT: Chairman of the Board of Directors of Kuwait Airways Corporation (KAC) Ali Al-Dukhan revealed that KAC acquired Terminal 4 of the Kuwait International Airport, which was renting it for one million dinars annually. This would reflect positively on the company’s profits starting next year and enhance its operational performance, reports Al-Qabas daily.

During a recent press conference held by the company in the presence of its CEO Maan Razzouqi and a number of members of the Board of Directors, Al-Dukhan explained that the company achieved an increase in its revenues by ten percent in 2022 compared to 2019, and 115 percent compared to 2021. The profitability margin improved to 40 percent in 2022 compared to 2019, and to 37 percent compared to 2021. Passenger traffic in Terminal 4 grew by 26 percent in 2022 compared to 2019, and to 229 percent compared to 2021.

The company received three new aircraft this year – one Airbus A320NEO, and two Airbus A330NEO. It also launched new destinations, such as Manchester, Madrid, Casablanca, Trabzon, Mykonos, Kuala Lumpur, and Hyderabad.
Its commitment to the discipline of flight departure times was 86 percent in 2022, leading to the national carrier being placed in third position in this aspect in the Middle East and North Africa.
The company will receive the largest number of new aircraft in 2024.
Al-Dukhan said, “Our ambition is great for the next year, as we expect a growth in passenger traffic of approximately 4.5 million passengers, and an increase in operations by more than 30 percent.
Kuwait Airways will also receive two Airbus A320NEO aircraft. The company will launch flights to new destinations such as Athens, Antalya, Taif, Qassim, Al-Ula, Barcelona, Budapest and Berlin. It is also seeking to achieve commitment to flight departure times by 90 percent.”
Al-Dukhan confirmed that the losses of KAC decreased to KD 55 million in 2022, after a loss of KD 107 million in 2019.
He said, “This reduction in losses within just a year is considered as an achievement for everyone who works in the company. The current year witnessed an increase in fuel prices, so that the cost of fuel incurred by the company is KD 130 million annually.”
Al-Dukan indicated that the government still treats KAC as a commercial company at a time when the governments of the region provide support to their national airlines, affirming that KAC is the one that raised the value of the airport, and therefore it must obtain greater discounts to achieve success.
Furthermore, he revealed that KAC objected to the sale of Alafco’s assets to finance the purchase and lease of aircraft, as KAC owns nine percent of its capital, but the company’s largest owners decided to implement it, considering that it was “deficient” from a commercial point of view.
Meanwhile, Razzouqi confirmed that the number of operations in 2022 was 30 percent less than in 2019, bearing in mind that 2019 was a full operational year, in addition to being the peak year in the aviation world.
He stressed that the company continued on its way towards reducing losses and seizing opportunities, despite the increase in the fuel price by 30 percent in the current year.
Razzouqi revealed that the company is waiting for the “NEO” planes of Airbus due to the advantage of reducing fuel costs by 15 percent compared to the current planes.
He explained that the increase in interest rates from 1.5 percent to 4 percent had a negative impact on the cost of services obtained by the company, as the cost of operational services, maintenance services and spare parts increased, but all this does not prevent the company from continuing its policy of reaching the breakeven point in 2024, and from there the shift to positivity in 2025, despite the delay in receiving new aircraft by 4 to 6 months, which may play a major role in changing some data.
Razzouqi revealed that the company is currently working on preparing its strategy for the year 2030 to be completed during the first quarter of this year.
He indicated that KAC sold one of its Boeing 777 aircraft, which will go to its new owner in less than a month, and it has also offered to sell three Airbus A340 aircraft, which is expected to be sold by the middle of summer.


KUWAIT: The head of the Kuwait Society for Organ Transplant, and head of the Organ Provision Unit at the Ministry of Health, Dr. Mustafa Al- Moussawi, has stressed the need for urgent action to prevent the continued trade in organs in Kuwait without deterrence, reports Al-Qabas daily. He pointed out that a kidney is sold for approximately 20 thousand dinars, outside the framework of the law.

In a statement to the daily he said the widespread advertisements requesting organ donation, especially kidneys, violate the law, and the concerned authorities must act urgently to prevent such ads with heavy punishment and deter those behind such activity.
Dr Al-Moussawi indicated that some people through advertisements in social media request a kidney donation, and the matter has reached the point of placing banners along the streets and roads. This is an explicit legal violation, and the necessary measures must be taken to ban it. Al-Moussawi said, “We have tried to address the phenomenon of selling organs, and earlier we had submitted proposals to the Ministry of Health to prevent such activity, and we hope that the current administration will implement it.” He touched on the spread of organ donation after death, indicating that the total number of donors in Kuwait after death is small, compared to European countries and North America, but it is better than Arab countries.

In response to a question from the daily about the mechanism for verifying that organ donors are not sellers, Al-Moussawi said: “There is a neutral committee based inside the Jahra Hospital, to look into cases of organ donation. If the committee senses that there is an agreement to sell the members immediately take legal action. He stated that organ trade exists in all countries of the world, and we must take strict measures to prevent it in Kuwait, because it is an inhuman and illegal act, stressing that organ trafficking is contrary to the law and medical and human values.
He stressed on the keenness to provide health and social care for patients and their organ donors, and to encourage research and scientific studies that contribute to improving, developing ways to transfer organs. He added, “We seek to reach 30,000 people who recommend donating their organs after their death.” He said Kuwait is the first country in the Arab world and the second in the Middle East, after Iran, in terms of the number of organ donors after death, compared to the population. He stated that last year the country witnessed about 50 kidney transplants from 32 donors after death, and 49 similar operations from living people, and “we hope in the future that the majority of transplants will be from deaths.”


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.”

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