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KUWAIT CITY, Feb 5: The Joint Medical Examination Committee comprising medical specialists and personnel from the Ministry of Health recently announced that 42 personnel from three institutions – the Ministry of Interior, the Ministry of Defence and the National Guard – are infected with the AIDS virus, reports Al-Qabas quoting reliable sources.
The same sources said this joint committee periodically examines personnel from the three institutions especially after some of them showed signs of discomfort during intensive training. They were referred for special medical tests and when their temperatures soared they were isolated and referred for comprehensive analyzes following which the committee discovered they were carriers of the AIDS virus.
According to the sources, the infected persons are 7 from the National Guard, 21 from the Kuwait Army and 14 from the Ministry of Interior. The sources added, the tests are still ongoing in collaboration with the Ministry of Health.
The sources said the test procedures are done under strict confidentiality and that the ‘sick’ have been ‘quarantined’ in a private medical ward. At the same time the sources praised the decision taken by the National Guard management to refer the two ‘sick’ personnel to what it called ‘retirement on medical grounds’ while the remaining five are awaiting the completion of administrative and legal steps.
The sources pointed out the joint committee will carry out new tests to ensure personnel from these three institutions are free from hepatitis C virus. Those who test positive will be sent into retirement