‘No medicines sale in co-ops’
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.
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.