KUWAIT CITY, Oct 7: Kuwait Chamber of Commerce and Industry held a meeting with the representatives of educational establishments that own private nurseries and officials from the ministries of Social Affairs and Health, Abdulaziz Abdul- Salam Shuaib the Undersecretary of the Ministry of Social Affairs, Hana Saeed Al-Hajri the Assistant Undersecretary for Social Development Sector, and Dr Fahad Al-Ghamlas the Director of Public Health Department at the Ministry of Health, reports Al-Qabas daily.
The meeting was to present the repercussions faced by nursery owners as a result of not being included in the stages of returning to normal life – in light of the Covid-19 pandemic, coupled with the difficulty of renewing their licenses and the consequent commitment to rents and salaries.
The meeting was chaired by the Chamber’s Deputy Director General, Hamad Jarrah Al-Omar, who stressed that the sector is always keen on bringing together employers and officials in government agencies to discuss issues facing employers. Regarding the resumption of work in the nurseries, Social Affairs officials clarified that the current suspension of activity is in compliance with the health procedures and instructions.
For his part, representative of the Ministry of Health stated that “despite the ministry’s full understanding of the economic repercussions on nursery owners and the social consequences resulting in the closure, the ministry in its decision to open some activities while others remain closed is guided by technical indicators about the benefits and risks of closing each activity. The owners of nurseries were reassured that once the indicators improve and the health authorities are reassured of the possibility of resuming their activities, they would be allowed to practice.