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Visas suspended for some Africa nations in Ebola fear ‘No gunfire in weddings; Illegal arms to be seized’

KUWAIT CITY, Sept 3: Director of Public Relations Department and Acting Director of Security Media Department at Ministry of Interior Major General Adel Al-Hashash announced the temporary suspension of visas to those coming from countries with high rate of Ebola infection such as Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria, reports Al-Watan Arabic daily.

In response to the article titled ‘Health to Interior: Stop visas for nationals of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone’ that was published in Al-Watan Arabic daily on August 8, 2014, Major General Al-Hashash said the Citizenship and Passport Affairs Department revealed that the Undersecretary of Ministry of Health received information about the emergence of Ebola virus in many East African countries where a high mortality rate of 90 percent has been observed. He indicated the lack of necessary vaccinations or medical treatments in Kuwait so far, as well as the lack of medical examination centers for workers in those countries who are planning to travel to Kuwait.

Major General Al-Hashash affirmed, “Decision 3/2014 has hence been issued to temporarily suspend the issuance of visas to people from the countries with high rate of Ebola infections such as Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria”.

Meanwhile, Major General Al-Hashash affirmed that the Criminal Security Sector will launch surprise campaigns to ensure illegal weapons are not sold in gun shops, reports Al-Kuwaitiah daily.
He revealed that the investigation departments in all governorates notified the management of wedding halls to not allow any parties of weddings or any other occasions to be held in the halls without a signed pledge from their clients that firing gunshots will not be part of the celebrations. In case one of the visitors fire gunshots, securitymen will intervene in the event and the concerned authorities will take necessary action.

He affirmed that a team has been formed to eliminate the widespread phenomenon of possession of illegal weapons.

In another development, Assistant Undersecretary for Planning in the Ministry of Health Dr Waleed Al-Falah affirmed the need to merge protocols for early diagnosis and periodical health survey to determine the risk factors of cancer under the primary health care system, as part of the main strategy for reducing mortality rate in cancer, reports Al-Seyassah daily.

Al-Falah added many developed countries have applied such protocols for decades and yielded positive results in reducing the mortality rate in cancer, as per statistics issued by the International Network for Health Surveys in US, World Health Organization (WHO) and International Agency for Cancer Researches in Lyon, France.

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