Millions lost in ‘mask’ miscalculation
KUWAIT CITY, May 2: Chairman of the Supreme Advisory Committee for the Coronavirus Pandemic Dr Khaled Al-Jarallah said the total curfew plan has been ruled out as the partial curfew led to improvement of the epidemiological situation in the country, reports Al-Rai daily. Al-Jarallah also stressed the importance of adhering to health regulations and regulating vaccination doses in order to achieve community immunity soon. He highlighted the decrease in the positive epidemiological surveys, while indicating that infection is higher in commercial housing areas. He added the hospital and Intensive care unit admission rate is stable, and that 65 percent of the patients are expatriates.
The State Audit Bureau report says the state is exposed to financial losses of approximately 45.5 million dinars as a result of the Ministry of Health’s misjudgment of its needs for medical masks, without taking into account the expiry date of masks which is only 3 years from the date of their production, reports Al-Anba daily. The report said Kuwait’s consumption within 3 years will not exceed 238 million masks. Therefore, the validity of 412 million will expire which means a loss of approximately 45.5 million dinars to the State Treasury.
The report stated that if the corona crisis ends and the rate of consumption returns to their normal rates of 400,000 masks per month, it will mean Kuwait’s losses will be 57 million dinars since the price of each mask before the pandemic was close to 4 fils compared to the average price of 100 fils now. The Audit Bureau said in the event the Ministry of Health supplies an additional quantity of 488 million medical masks (the bureau has not approved them), the stock balance of the masks will increase to cover 14 years, which leads to an increase in the quantity that will not be consumed and the loss will be calculated at 112 million dinars