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Thursday , August 13 2020

‘Health’ tender value for incinerator rises by 64%

MoH asks for current contract extension

KUWAIT CITY, July 3: The value of the tender to be floated by the Ministry of Health for the operation, maintenance and management of the Shuaiba incinerator (1) rose by 64 percent, worth 312,800 dinars to 800,000 dinars, compared to the current contract, which cost 487,100 dinars, reports Al-Rai daily quoting a health source familiar with the daily.

According to the source, the ministry has justified its request to increase the value of the tender for the current contract for several reasons, including: Replacement of the emission monitoring device and its link to the control rooms of the Environment Public Authority (EPA); Installation, maintenance and operation of liquid medical waste treatment equipment; Installation of a sewage treatment unit in accordance with the instructions of the EPA.

This is in addition to the installation of surveillance cameras; increasing the screening of dioxin and furan samples from one to four times a year on the instructions of EPA; Increased diesel costs; the base of the incinerator and its equipment, raising the cost of maintenance and the decision issued by the EPA to increase the minimum wage for workers.

According to the source, the Ministry of Health has already contracted with the Al-Jahra Cleaning Equipment Company for the disposal of waste for a total amount of 487,000 dinars for 3 years to manage the incinerator and to operate and maintain the equipment and devices available therein.

The health ministry asked for an extension of the current contract until it completed the procedures for submitting the new tender, before the Finance Ministry responded that “there is no objection to completing the extension procedures for 6 months at a financial cost of 80.8 thousand dinars.”

On the other hand, the findings of the Ministry of Finance concluded that the demand by the Health Ministry for the tender over the current decade by 64 percent, while specialists in the ministry to increase the value of the new tender by only 15 percent, so that the tender value is only about 560 thousand dinars.

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