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MP appeals on ‘MERS’

KUWAIT CITY, May 4: MP Saud Al-Huraiji has asked the Ministry of Health to intensify its efforts in taking precautionary measures and declare a state of emergency due to the rising death toll caused by Corona virus in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

The lawmaker made the appeal in view of reports on the number of Corona virus-related deaths over the last few days in the Kingdom. He urged the minister of health to issue an official statement to assure the public that the ministry is fully prepared and all the necessary steps have been taken to prevent an outbreak in the country, considering its proximity to Saudi Arabia. He pointed out the land and air borders between the two nations are open; hence, there is high probability that the virus will cross borders. He said, “We have been hearing about reports on the rising death toll daily.

This requires the installation of medical monitoring systems at the borders to test passengers before entering Kuwait in order to prevent the spread of the virus here.” In another development, Head of the Legislative and Legal Affairs Committee MP Mubarak Al-Hurais confirmed that the panel on Sunday approved the request to lift the parliamentary immunity of MP Nabeel Al-Fadel.

He added the panel also endorsed the proposed establishment of an independent court for handling disputes, the Health Insurance Bill and amendments to the Public Authority for Youth and Sports Law; which were referred to the concerned committees. On another issue, Head of the Housing Committee MP Faisal Al-Kandari said the prime minister and state minister of housing affairs have, in principle, approved the proposal to build 35,000 housing units in Khairan.

He revealed the panel will meet again in the coming days to discuss the matter in detail in the presence of concerned officials from the government, during which a timetable for the implementation of the project will be presented. He alleged that half of the housing bills submitted to the previous assemblies were only ‘cosmetics’ as none of them has been implemented. He added those bills were aimed at toying with public opinion and the other half were illogical.

By: Abubakar A. Ibrahim and Ahmed Al-Naqeeb Arab Times Staff

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