I WAS a little sick, and I praise my Lord that I was in Kuwait which, for the first time in my life, is afflicted with COVID-19. Praise be to Almighty Allah, my PCR test turned out negative. May the Almighty heal the entire humanity of this infamous pandemic.
Actually, this is not our topic per se. We will focus on the room and ward in the hospital where I spent about a week for receiving treatment.
The entire scene in the room and the service I received in the hospital would make you feel like you are in a Mediterranean resort instead of Kuwait. You might need a GPS to navigate through the corridors of the hospital that I was admitted into. The hospital was quite clean and neat; even the X-ray rooms and others were the kind that I have never seen outside Kuwait.
In fact, the X-ray room appears majestic to you. As I entered it for tests, it felt like I was inside a space rocket control room at the US base in Cape Canaveral in Florida from where rockets are launched to outer space.
The room service provided by nurses was splendid; they treat you as if they have known you for decades.
This is exactly how the “coronic” Ministry of Health makes us feel. It is as if we are living in a planet different from the COVID-19 planet.
However, there is always a “but”. There was a new TV set in the new Amiri Hospital. Given that the social media and the most modern devices take up all of our free and non-free time, we usually tend to come together whenever we watch the programmes and series on our local television station. They represent our normal lives, not the life that we see on fictional stations and websites like Netflix and its kind.
Visitors – both relatives and friends – asked for the TV remote control, and our expatriate brothers who supervise the wards told them the remote control is available on the ground floor with the accounts department, and can be acquired after making an insurance payment of KD 20.
So far, this story is normal; however, the unusual thing about this matter is that it took one of our regular visiting brothers a total of six days in order for him to get the TV remote control (‘rocket control’). It happened after he complained to the hospital director or the ministry about this remote control issue.
The funny thing is that one of the Kuwaiti officials told us that we can get the remote control but under one of the two scenarios – either one of them leaves the hospital or one of them dies!
This is a symbolic story that we give to our Kuwaiti brothers, and I say, “This is Kuwaiti.”
By Ali Ahmed Al-Baghli
Former Minister of Oil