KUWAIT CITY, May 5: A high-level health source commenting on a video clip that has gone viral in social media showing women squatting on the floor in front of clinics at the Adan Hospital said these women prefer to sit on the floor in spite of a lot of seats available and digital screens fl ashing their turn to see the doctor, reports Al-Rai daily.
The source pointed out, some women prefer to wait in the corridors in the belief their turn will come first. Between 100 and 150 women check with these clinics on Wednesdays and Thursdays and sometimes this does not justify such behavior. In the meantime, Minister of Health, Dr. Bassel Al-Sabah, has set up an inquiry commission to investigate the incident, not only at the Adan Hospital, but also to follow up every similar incident at any of Kuwait’s hospitals.
The source added women sitting on the floor are not necessarily sick but go to obtain various types of reports.
The source revealed the Minister of Health has taken two immediate steps, the first is to provide more seats in the waiting area and adjacent to corridor complete with digital screens, and the second to organize the mechanism according to specific times and groups, which means each group shall be given a specific time to prevent everyone attending at the same time. Acting manager of the Adan Hospital Dr Adel Abdul Razzaq said the women chose to sit on the fl oor of their own free will, because they believed that proximity to the door would facilitate early entry, although each one has a number to see the doctor and based on first come first served basis