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MoH terminates services of 200 male, female expatriate nurses

Ministry registers 162 fines on 64 inspected co-op societies

Dr. Basel Al-Sabah

KUWAIT CITY, July 24, (Agencies): The Ministry of Health has terminated the services of 200 male and female expatriate nurses who are more than 65 years old and are on second contract, reports Al-Anba daily.

The ministry granted these nurses a grace period of three months to complete their procedures. This is in line with the decision of Health Minister Dr Bassel Al- Sabah (No. 61/2018) to terminate the services of expatriates who are more than 65 years old, except the doctors.

Meanwhile, Kuwait Ministry of Social Affairs inspected 64 cooperative societies over the past two months and registered 162 fines, a ministry official said Monday. Abdulaziz Shuaib, Assistant Undersecretary for Cooperative Affairs, said the major fines were the cooperative societies’ non-compliance with direct purchase, dealing with middle companies and expired goods. He said in a statement the cooperative societies could have avoided the fines if their Boards implemented strict monitoring measures, as well as appointing the skilled people in senior positions. The ministry, he added, started offering training for workers in cooperative societies to improve their performance.

Furthermore, Director General of Public Authority for Manpower (PAM) Ahmed Al-Mousawi disclosed that the department in the authority that is responsible for estimating labor needs has launched the first governmental contracts that are recognized by the system of the Projects Department.

He said this step was based on the decision of Minister of Social Affairs and Labor and State Minister for Economic Affairs Hind Al-Sabeeh to accredit systems and programs related to estimation of the labor needs, adding that it is aimed at minimizing the number of laborers obtaining work permits to the lowest level.

Al-Mousawi explained that the authority organized a symposium and workshop in coordination with the Secretariat General for Planning and Development for the relevant state bodies and ministries as well as governmental contractors. The symposium and workshop were aimed at explaining about governmental contracts.

In another development, Executive Chairman of the Central Agency for Remedying Illegal Residents’ Status (CARIRS) Saleh Al-Fadhalah held talks on Tuesday with Secretary General of Private Universities Council Dr Habib Abul on considering accepting students with illegal residents. Al-Fadhalah discussed in the meeting the procedures for accepting the students and number of admissions, said CARIRS in a press release. Both agreed to assign a liaison officer to coordinate and follow up the process, the statement added.

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