A TOTAL of 588 nurses came to Kuwait through the old administration in the Ministry of Health — former minister and undersecretary. After arriving in Kuwait and completing the necessary medical test, and before reporting to their work station; they were shocked to discover that there was no vacancy for them.
For almost a year, they have been living in rooms which are not suitable for humans. They have no work or salary, and there is no one to look at them humanely — whether our wise government represented by the Ministry of Health or our parliamentarians in charge of probing into the miseries of the Health Ministry and foreign health offices in the past.
Even the civil society organizations are not there for them. It seems the cat ate the tongues of the members of these organizations as we have not heard any sound, meow, yelp or crow from them.
One of the former officials with a lively spirit and conscience in the Ministry of Health ‘Samer Al-Osfoor’ wrote to the hesitant minister — cousin — Dr Jamal Al-Harbi saying, “What is needed is easy. Just go to the Public Prosecution and ask them to investigate the former officials and everyone who participated in the crime of bringing the oppressed and throwing them into the street. There are private companies, former members of Parliament and others involved in this crime against humanity, some of them received thousands of money from those impoverished people.”
Or, the minister should go to the Civil Service Commission (CSC) to put pressure on its members to create or find vacancies for these poor nurses to fill. They have left their children, spouses, mothers and fathers to enjoy the ‘oil’ goodies, yet all that they found on this generous land is ‘drought’.
It is ‘haram’ for everyone, who listens or aware of the miseries of these nurses, to do nothing. All of us must always put ourselves in the place of the oppressed. Many are oppressed and there are many oppressors amongst us.
By Ali Ahmed Al-Baghli
Former Minister of Oil