Wednesday , September 19 2018

MPs query swine flu, Bayt Lothan

KUWAIT CITY, Jan 2: MP Mohammed Al-Dalal has forwarded questions to Health Minister Dr Bassel Humoud Hamad Al- Sabah about swine flu cases in some public schools. He cited a report published by Al-Qabas daily on Dec 16, 2017 stating several health centers provided treatment for swine flu patients. He wants to know if there has been an assessment of these cases. He also requested for details like the number of swine flu cases recorded in the past three months, in addition to the mechanism for treating and preventing spread of the disease. He asked about the procedures followed by the Ministry of Health in preventing swine flu and the mechanism for dealing with spread of communicable diseases in general.

On the other hand, Al-Dalal asked Information Minister Mohammad Nasser Al-Jabri about the demolition of Bayt Lothan. He said Kuwait has participated in a number of international conventions and covenants for the preservation of cultural and heritage sites.

Recently, the Ministry of Information, through the National Council for Culture, Arts and Letters (NCCAL) and other authorities, agreed to demolish a heritage building — Bayt Lothan, he disclosed. Based on the above, Al-Dalal wants to know if the ministry and NCCAL are implementing international agreements and conventions on cultural and heritage sites. He requested for copies of all programs and mechanisms in this regard.

He asked if NCCAL or any other institution affiliated to the ministry have a list of heritage and cultural sites including the mechanism and conditions for selecting these sites. He wants to know if Bayt Lothan has been classified as a heritage site or not. He inquired about the justification for demolishing Bayt Lothan considering its historical and cultural significance, as well as procedures for preventing the demolition of such a structure.

Meanwhile, MP Osama Al-Shaheen has warned the government on the negative repercussions of not cooperating with the Parliament. He said the insistence of pro-government MPs to cancel meetings of the Legislative and Legal Affairs Committee for the second time is a clear message that the government is not willing to cooperate. He pointed out this is an unfortunate incident, stressing the government must assume its political responsibility.

By Abubakar A. Ibrahim Arab Times Staff

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