‘No medicines sale in co-ops’

Arab Times - - LOCAL -

KUWAIT CITY, July 17: In re­ac­tion to the de­ci­sion of the Health Min­istry ban­ning the sale of phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal prod­ucts in­side co­op­er­a­tive so­ci­eties, su­per­mar­kets and per­fume stores as per the ex­ec­u­tive de­cree of Law No. 28/2996 and min­is­te­rial de­ci­sion no. 102/2016, Min­is­ter of So­cial Af­fairs and La­bor, the State Min­is­ter for Eco­nomic Af­fairs Hind Al-Sabeeh con­firmed an ad­min­is­tra­tive de­ci­sion has been is­sued pre­vent­ing the sale of such prod­ucts in co­op­er­a­tive so­ci­eties and their branches, re­ports Al-Jarida daily.

Al-Sabeeh stressed the de­ci­sion was

Re­gard­ing the phe­nom­e­non of doc­tors be­ing treated ag­gres­sively, the min­is­ter ex­plained that the min­istry has urged the Par­lia­ment to is­sue a law in this re­gard. This was dis­cussed dur­ing a meet­ing of the med­i­cal com­mit­tee shortly fol­low­ing the case of the man­ager of Amiri Hos­pi­tal fac­ing ag­gres­sion. The re­quest is still pend­ing for the pass­ing of such a law which will not only pro­tect doc­tors but also the en­tire med­i­cal crew. He re­vealed that the min­istry has also asked Min­istry of In­te­rior to pro­vide hos­pi­tals with se­cu­ri­ty­men es­pe­cially in the re­cep­tion ar­eas where ma­jor­ity of cases of ag­gres­sion oc­cur.

Re­gard­ing in­creas­ing the charges of med­i­cal ser­vices for ex­pa­tri­ates, Min­is­ter AlHarbi said, “The cost in­curred by Min­istry of Health for pro­vid­ing health ser­vices is too much. Ex­pa­tri­ate vis­i­tors re­ceive medicines and even surg­eries at very low cost in com­par­i­son to the costs in their own coun­tries. Ex­pa­tri­ate res­i­dents re­ceive med­i­cal at­ten­tion for as low as KD 1 or KD 2”. He went on to say, “We have pre­pared a study to in­crease the charges of med­i­cal ser­vices based on each case. The charges for med­i­cal ser­vices in hos­pi­tals will range from KD 5 – KD 10. For some hu­man­i­tar­ian cases, the charges will be KD 1 – KD 5”.

Min­is­ter Al-Harbi re­vealed that about 60 per­cent of the pa­tients who seek med­i­cal ser­vices in hos­pi­tals do not re­ally need to visit the hos­pi­tals and can re­ceive treat­ment at clin­ics it­self, in­sist­ing that this in­creases the load on doc­tors and med­i­cal fa­cil­i­ties in hos­pi­tals, which han­dle al­most 1,000 cases per day. taken to pre­serve the safety and health of con­sumers, in­di­cat­ing some phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal prod­ucts re­quire doc­tor’s pre­scrip­tion to be sold. She called upon the co­op­er­a­tive so­ci­eties to re­move phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal prod­ucts from their shelves, stress­ing tough penal­ties await vi­o­la­tors.

It is note­wor­thy the Min­is­ter of Health Dr Ja­mal Al-Harbi had ad­dressed AlSabeeh on the im­por­tance of ban­ning the sale of phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal prod­ucts over-the­counter af­ter re­ceiv­ing re­ports from the Medicine In­spec­tion Direc­torate on the pres­ence of such prod­ucts in­side the co­op­er­a­tive so­ci­eties. 15 days from the leave bal­ance of the cur­rent year, as it is in vi­o­la­tion of the laws and ad­min­is­tra­tive and ex­ec­u­tive reg­u­la­tions of KPC and its sub­sidiaries.

‘Promotions soon’:

State Min­istry for Ser­vices Af­fairs Un­der­sec­re­tary Buthayna Al-Subaei said some em­ploy­ees will be pro­moted to lead­er­ship posts soon, re­ports Al-Anba daily.

Speak­ing to the daily, Al-Suabaei ex­plained the pro­mo­tion will be fi­nal­ized af­ter in­ter­view­ing the em­ploy­ees nom­i­nated for su­per­vi­sory and depart­ment head posts.

She af­firmed the min­istry has en­dorsed the pro­mo­tion list and it is now wait­ing for ap­proval from the Per­son­nel Af­fairs Com­mit­tee and Un­der­sec­re­taries Coun­cil.

KPC eyes boost:

Kuwait Pe­tro­leum Cor­po­ra­tion (KPC), with the co­op­er­a­tion of its sub­sidiaries and af­fil­i­ated com­pa­nies, is work­ing on de­vel­op­ing oil fa­cil­i­ties lo­cally and in­ter­na­tion­ally with the aim of di­ver­si­fy­ing sources of in­come, en­ter­ing new mar­kets and in­creas­ing pro­duc­tion qual­ity of oil sold in in­stant mar­kets to limit the fluc­tu­a­tions of oil prices and their ef­fect on the bud­get, re­ports Al-Rai daily.

Ac­cord­ing to sources, KPC has set aside KD 382.6 mil­lion from the 2017/2018 bud­get to spend on its in­vest­ments. The to­tal ex­pen­di­tures on over­seas projects and re­finer­ies reached about KD 30.3 bil­lion.


He af­firmed that the study has taken into con­sid­er­a­tion the dif­fer­ence in the charges paid by a pa­tient who seeks treat­ment for a cold and one who suf­fers from a se­ri­ous dis­ease. Al-Harbi in­di­cated that the min­istry has been co­or­di­nat­ing with the Health In­sur­ance Com­pany re­gard­ing pro­vi­sion of med­i­cal ser­vices to ex­pa­tri­ates in the hos­pi­tals of the com­pany.

He stressed that the com­pany is tak­ing nec­es­sary steps to ob­tain ap­provals from all rel­e­vant state bod­ies, af­firm­ing that such a move will re­duce the pres­sure faced in hos­pi­tals of the min­istry.

The min­is­ter as­sured that Min­istry of Health will su­per­vise the med­i­cal ser­vices of­fered to ex­pa­tri­ates in the hos­pi­tals of Health In­sur­ance Com­pany.

Mean­while, Al-Harbi high­lighted the in­ter­est he has in ful­fill­ing the re­quests of doc­tors par­tic­u­larly their fi­nan­cial re­quests.

He ex­plained that he re­cently held a meet­ing with the As­sis­tant Un­der­sec­re­tary for Tech­ni­cal Af­fairs at Min­istry of Health and a del­e­ga­tion from Kuwait Med­i­cal As­so­ci­a­tion as well as some doc­tors. Dur­ing the meet­ing, they dis­cussed the re­quests of doc­tors con­cern­ing their salary pack­ages. More meet­ings in this re­gard will be held in the near fu­ture.

Dr Al-Harbi

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