KUWAIT CITY, May 6: Minister of Social Affairs and Labor and State Minister for Economy Affairs Hind Al-Sabeeh revealed that the Patients Helping Fund Society (PHFS) managed to recover its embezzled money of KD 3.48 million, reports Aljarida daily.
In response to a parliamentary question, Al-Sabeeh explained that PHFS, which has a total of 166 employees, usually sets an approximate budget annually for covering all kinds of aid for health services. Priority is given to cases of cancer, hepatitis, dialysis, multiple sclerosis, and other diseases that render the patient unable to work, as well as X-ray charges, laboratory tests, catheterization and others. She indicated that PHFS provides support to cases outside the country in coordination with Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Kuwaiti embassies.
Meanwhile, in defiance to the regulations set by Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor, the societies and civil society organizations affiliated to Muslim Brotherhood Group have commenced campaigns for collecting donations from citizens and residents in preparation for the holy month of Ramadan, reports Al-Shahed daily. With the help of database they possess, they have started contacting citizens and residents to inform them about their campaign for collecting donations and to encourage them to participate in it.
The societies affiliated to the Muslim Brotherhood Group embark on such donation collections through non-systematic methods such as by sending their “mandoubs” to people’s homes or workplaces for collecting cash donations or by encouraging donors to deposit the donation amounts in the bank accounts of their societies. The value of donations ranges from KD 1.5 for Iftar meal of one person to KD 15 for distribution of cartons of dates, nuts etc. According to lawmakers, such random method for collection of donations, despite the good intentions, by these societies is considered as a clear violation of the decisions and regulations of Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor.