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KUWAIT CITY, July 24: Regarding the suspicion of corruption in the granting of 2,300 disability certificates to citizens, the Director General of the Public Authority for the Disabled Affairs (PADA) Dr. Shafiqa Al-Awadhi announced new strict measures to prevent any manipulation of medical certificates, stressing that work is continuing to study and filter all files, reports Al-Qabas daily. In an exclusive press statement, she affirmed the full readiness of the authority to cooperate with the Kuwait Anti- Corruption Authority (Nazaha) to provide all necessary statements and data on suspicions of forgery of disability certificates.
Dr. Al-Awadhi said, “In 2017, the authority studied all the files of disabled people who are registered with it. After coordinating with the Ministry of Interior, it was found that there are many people with registered mental and visual disabilities who have driving licenses, which puts them and the lives of others at risk. As a result, the authority summoned those registered in the lists referred to the medical committees to re-evaluate them. Based on the results of these committees, those who did not fall under the concept of disability were excluded, and those who were not eligible were canceled and payment was stopped in order to preserve public money and prevent waste.”
She highlighted that a new list of the cases found to have a visual and intellectual disability, based on the reports of the medical committees after the reassessment was sent back to the Ministry of Interior, which dealt with them according to its procedures and regulations. Dr. Al-Awadhi reiterated the authority’s full readiness to cooperate with Nazaha and to provide all lists and statements, based on strong conviction of the important role it plays in preserving public money.