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‘Prevent sick expats from entering Kuwait’ ‘MoH must play its role effectively’

KUWAIT CITY, Aug 20: Several health statistics have been issued regarding expatriate workers, which indicates the intention of the ministry to improve its performance under the leadership of its minister Dr Ali Al-Obaidi and its undersecretary Dr Khalid Al-Sahlawi, reports Al-Rai daily quoting informed sources.

They indicated that expatriates suffering from contagious diseases will continue to enter the country like the way 2,000 expatriates who were suffering from AIDS and tuberculosis had entered the country within one year, if the ministry does not shoulder its responsibilities.

The sources urged to increase the responsibilities in this regard and include the sponsors and recruitment agencies along with Ministry of Health and Ministry of Interior for dealing with this issue, which affects the entire society. “Can we control the sick workers and not allow them to hide from the law? Yes, if there is true intention to stop running away from responsibilities”, the sources said.

They continued to say, “Were there any mistakes? Yes. Was there any negligence? Yes. Isn’t there any kind of follow-up? Yes there is. Then should we announce about these issues without taking any proper decision? Of course not!”. The sources asked if any of the concerned officials investigated whether the domestic personnel who run away from their sponsors did so because they were badly treated or because they wanted to avoid being repatriated in case their diseases were revealed, adding that such runaway domestic workers usually seek refuge in their embassies.

They revealed stories about the basements of some embassies being used to shelter runaway domestic workers, adding, “Who is responsible for this? We hope the concerned authorities will cooperate to investigate this matter.”

Also: KUWAIT CITY: Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor has demanded seven charitable societies and NGOs to close down unlicensed committees affiliated to them, reports Al-Qabas daily quoting reliable ministerial sources. They said the ministry has given a grace period of one week to the NGOs and charitable societies for responding to the demands of the ministry and rectifying their violations by closing down the committees. The sources affirmed that the letters sent to the seven NGOs is to be considered as final warning, adding, “If the NGOs fail to follow the directives of the ministry, necessary penalizing actions will be taken against them”. Meanwhile, they revealed that the ministry has referred the Human Rights Society to the Legal Affairs Department of the ministry for investigations on a complaint filed against it.

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