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Kuwait first in employing GCC nat’ls in govt, private sectors

RIYADH, Dec 3, (KUNA): A GCC report on Friday showed that as many as 10, 000 Gulf nationals worked in Kuwait in 2015, or 66 percent of total GCC citizens working in the private sector in countries other than their own.

The UAE came second to Kuwait with 1,893 employees from GCC countries followed by Saudi Arabia with 1,887, Qatar (959), Bahrain (512) and Oman (163), said the Secretariat General of GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council).

This has been made possible following a resolution adopted by the GCC Summit held in Doha in 2002, which paved the way for equal treatment of GCC citizens in all member states in terms of employment in government sector, social security and retirement. As for the government sector, the report indicated that GCC nationals also prefer to work in Kuwait other than other member states.

Over 10,000 people were registered in the government sector in 2015 in Kuwait, or some 61 percent. The UAE is the second-best destination with some 5, 000 (30 percent) Gulf nationals, followed by Qatar (1,382) Bahrain (64), Oman (45) and Saudi Arabia (20).

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Health offers due services to all persons with disabilities in Kuwait, who hit 41,330 till the first quarter of 2016, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Health Khaled Al-Sahlawi, citing statistics of the Public Authority for Disabled Affairs (PADA). Disabilities are various, mental, physical, visual and auditory, Al-Sahlawi added in a press statement on Saturday as the ministry is marking the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, 3 December. The theme adopted by the ministry this year is “Achieving 17 goals for the future we aspire to,” he said, apparently referring to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) on the UN 2030 Agenda.

Choosing the motto aims to encourage removing obstacles hindering merging the persons with disabilities into the society, the senior official said, noting that the ministry offers due health care to the disabled through specialists of medical and rehabilitations assistance. Al-Sahlawi stressed the vital necessity of pre-marriage medical tests to discover cases with genetic predisposition to produce potentially children with disabilities.

The ministry has designed a program to examine newly born babies for 22 diseases that include hereditary and genetic ones, together with some cases of hormonal imbalances that may lead to mental disabilities on the long-term, Al-Sahlawi noted.

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