Indoor Eid prayer only – Security fears

KUWAIT CITY, July 1: Minister of Justice and Minister of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs Yaaqoub Al-Sane’ announced late Thursday that the prayers of Eid Al-Fitr will not be held at open areas this year due to security considerations. “In response to a request from the Ministry of Interior, the Ministry of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs made this decision out of keenness on the safety of worshipers,” the minister said during an inspection tour of religious centers belonging to his ministry.

“Instead, the Eid prayers will he observed at mosques,” he affirmed, commending the preparations being made by the various departments of Al-Awqaf Ministry and the Ministry of Interior to ensure the convenience of worshippers particularly during the last ten days of the Holy Month of Ramadan.

In another development, MP Rakan Al-Nisf in a query to the Minister of Health Dr Ali Al-Obeidi concerning medical adverts said it has been noted during several occasions that some doctors advertise on the front pages of local newspapers that surgical operations are performed using modern methods.

He added then there are other doctors who advertise that patients can pay in installments which means patients will be compelled to accept the doctors’ terms and conditions and maybe even sign cheques or promissory notes in favor of the doctor without thinking of the consequences because in some cases the patient may be dragged to court and thereby bringing the medical profession into disrepute.

Al-Nisf wants to know whether the ministry has a law to regulate the publication of such advertisements by doctors stating their willingness to perform operations. He also inquired if the texts of such advertisements are subjected for a review by the Health Ministry.

He also wants to know if the ministry allows some doctors to perform surgical operations in their private clinics and allow the patients to pay in monthly installments and if the ministry has any specific mechanism to stop such irregularities.

Meanwhile, a member the National Assembly’s Housing Committee Mansour Al-Zufairi says the credit for signing the contract for the construction of South Al-Mutla’a City project, whose population is expected to reach 400,000 on an area of more than 100 kilometers, should go to the National Assembly in general and the committee in particular. In a press statement, Al-Zufairi said the National Assembly from day one of the Parliament sessions had made the housing issue its top priority.

He stressed the draft law of that project is the fruit of efforts and cooperation of the concerned bodies since this contract will help end the housing issue by providing housing for all citizens as soon as possible. He stressed on the support of the National Assembly for housing projects.

He said the MPs who are on the Housing Committee are determined to make the project a reality, especially on the 100 kilometers square in the south of the country by building 30,000 units to accommodate 400,000 people

By Abubakar A. Ibrahim Arab Times Staff and Agencies

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