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KUWAIT CITY, Oct 31: The Kuwaiti Cabinet has decided to launch a national anti-drug campaign at the behest of His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Ahmad Nawaf Al- Ahmad Al-Sabah. The decision was made during the Cabinet’s customary weekly meeting held at Seif Palace on Monday, said Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs Barak Ali Al-Shetan in a statement following the meeting.
The anti-drug campaign will be based on raising public awareness, fighting drugs and establishing drug rehabilitation centers, using the help of national and world experts, the minister said. The ministries of interior, health, education, social affairs and community development, Awqaf and Islamic affairs, information and several other state bodies would be involved in the anti-drug endeavor. In this regard, the health minister was asked to set out congenial visions for setting up drug rehabilitation centers where the best and most sophisticated treatment methods should be used, the Cabinet minister added. Addressing the ministers on the latest health situation in the country, the health minister reassured that the Covid-19 variant of XBB does not cause any serious symptoms.
However, he underlined that people should continue to avoid gatherings, put on facemasks in case of respiratory symptoms and get vaccinated against flu and Covid-19. For his part, First Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister Sheikh Talal Khaled Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah gave a briefing on all the dimensions of this serious social scourge, citing official statistics and data on the number of drug victims and quantities of seized drugs in the country The minister also expounded the interior ministry’s plan to develop efforts to wipe out the phenomenon of drugs and rehabilitate addicts.
On the Arab summit due in Algiers between November 1-2, the Cabinet voiced hope that the Arab leaders would come up with findings that could fulfill the expectations and hopes of the Arab people and serve the interests of the Arab world. Moving to Arab and international political affairs, the Cabinet reiterated Kuwait’s condemnation and denunciation of continued incursions and brutal aggressions committed by Israeli occupation authorities against Palestinian cities, notably Nablus and Ramallah.