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Wednesday , August 21 2019

Parliamentary investigations reveal several flaws in civil defense structure

MP says it is not clear which govt body is responsible for crisis management

KUWAIT CITY, May 23: Parliamentary investigations and follow ups revealed several f aws in the civil defense structure of the country, prompting MPs to call for allocation of two hours of the upcoming session to discuss security and defense protocols in light of the recent developments in the region.

MP Mohammed Al-Dallaal pointed out it is not clear which governmental body is responsible for crisis management in Kuwait, unlike neighboring countries where independent bodies were established for this purpose. He said he had earlier submitted queries on civil defense and emergency preparations, but the response was one page only and it did not mention any emergency plan.

He asserted the country lacks public bunkers for emergency situations such as nuclear or chemical warfare; indicating all that the country has are 80 ordinary shelters for natural disasters only with a total capacity of 50,000 which does not cover even a quarter of the population.

He added it is also unclear whether hospitals and other governmental bodies have adequate housing for their employees. Therefore, he urged all concerned authorities to pick up the pace; hoping the next couple of days will witness solid decisions on the improvement of the country’s emergency preparedness, as no one wishes for war, but the geographic location of the State of Kuwait places it between conflicts; hence, the need for the best emergency protocols.

Taking parliamentary involvement further, MP Osama Al-Shaheen submitted a request for the National Assembly to instruct every committee to look into the country’s level of preparedness and the government’s efforts in this regard within their respective area of responsibility On the other hand, as rapporteur of the Handicapped Affairs Committee, Al- Dallaal confirmed the ministries of Education and Health have been given the ultimatum to submit their plans for implementation of the Handicapped Law.

He said that since approval of the law five years ago, and considering these two ministries are dealing with the handicapped, they have yet to submit their implementation plans to the Assembly despite the last reminder in January. If they do not submit their plans within two weeks, the committee will look into the possibility of taking harsher measures, he warned.

Furthermore, earlier this week, a member of the Egyptian house of representatives disclosed during a session that there are around 500 Kuwaiti law students in Beni-Suef University, Egypt who graduated without taking examinations.

This prompted MP Safaa Al-Hashem to investigate and submit several queries to Minister of Higher Education Hamed Al-Azmi on the steps taken in this regard. She also requested for a list of Kuwaiti law students at Beni-Suef University

By Ahmed Al-Naqeeb Arab Times Staff

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