Young peo­ple must be­come aware of chal­lenges: Marafie

Can­di­date fo­cuses on youth, health­care, na­tional unity

Kuwait Times - - LOCAL - By Nawara Fat­ta­hova

Dr Kazem Marafie, a prac­tic­ing sur­geon since 1977, is run­ning in the Na­tional Assem­bly elec­tions for the first time with the aim to make the youth aware of fu­ture chal­lenges. “Young peo­ple asked me to run in the elec­tions to place their is­sues in the par­lia­ment. They en­cour­aged me and are vol­un­teer­ing to work for my cam­paign. I’m run­ning in these elec­tions to de­liver a mes­sage, whether I win or not,” he told Kuwait Times.

“The youth are the pil­lars that we de­pend on. I want to make sure that the next gen­er­a­tion has a bright fu­ture. They have skills, abil­i­ties and am­bi­tions, but they don’t have the fi­nances to run in the elec­tion, as it is a very ex­pen­sive af­fair. This was the rea­son be­hind set­ting up my elec­toral head­quar­ters in se­cond con­stituency al­though I am run­ning from the first, to al­low youth from dif­fer­ent ar­eas to gather. This will pre­pare them to be ready to en­ter the par­lia­ment. I will be hold­ing weekly sym­po­siums dur­ing my elec­tion cam­paign,” Marafie said. He hopes the fu­ture will be bright for the youth. “If the youth unite, they will rep­re­sent a great power and will elim­i­nate cor­rup­tion and bribery. We want to fight ‘wasta’ so all peo­ple can be equal.”

Ex­pats

“We need ex­pats in our so­ci­ety, as they have the ex­pe­ri­ence in var­i­ous po­si­tions and fields. But if we have a Kuwaiti with the same skills, then we should em­ploy him. There are fur­ther is­sues re­lated to ex­pats that I will dis­cuss in the par­lia­ment,” stressed Marafie.

Health­care

“As this is my spe­cial­iza­tion, I un­der­stand best how to re­solve most prob­lems in this sec­tor. The idea of for­mer health min­is­ter Dr Hi­lal Al-Sayer of bring­ing in spe­cial­ist doc­tors from abroad to Kuwait in­stead of send­ing pa­tients abroad was a great idea. Kuwait has the abil­ity and bud­get to do so. I in­tend to pro­pose this idea again,” he pointed out. “To de­crease the cases of med­i­cal tourists trav­el­ing abroad as pa­tients and get­ting med­i­cal treat­ment with pub­lic funds, we can send a pa­tient to a suit­able place for the treat­ment he needs, such as the Czech Re­pub­lic for phys­io­ther­apy in­stead of Bri­tain. There are many cases of cor­rup­tion, of doc­tors writ­ing ex­ag­ger­ated re­ports about the health con­di­tion of the pa­tient to ex­tend his stay abroad for four months, al­though he only needs to stay for two weeks,” said Marafie. Ac­cord­ing to him, most health­care of­fices abroad are sus­pect. “I have faced many such cases of pa­tients ask­ing me to ex­tend the pe­riod of their treat­ment, but I have never agreed, as it’s wrong,” Marafie added.

More so­lu­tions

“Med­i­cal treat­ment is very ex­pen­sive. But we can send pa­tients to uni­ver­si­ties abroad, which is free of charge. They only need do­na­tions for some de­part­ments in the hospi­tal such as for leukemia, cancer and oth­ers. I ap­plied this in the past a few times, but the min­istry here does not ac­cept this so­lu­tion as they need bills for the pa­tient’s treat­ment. My pro­posal can save thou­sands of di­nars, as we can treat around 400 pa­tients for the cost of just two pa­tients, as the do­na­tion amount is only around £50,000, which equals the cost of two pa­tients,” he noted.

Slo­gan

“My slo­gan is 1+1=1, which sym­bol­izes unity, that I and the peo­ple of Kuwait are united with our rulers - the Al-Sabah fam­ily. We love our coun­try and we should all sac­ri­fice for the ben­e­fit of our coun­try. There are many fa­nat­ics run­ning in these elec­tions fi­nanced by other coun­tries to re­al­ize their agen­das. So we should be care­ful and mind­ful of such can­di­dates,” Marafie con­cluded.

KUWAIT: First con­stituency can­di­date Dr Kazem Marafie speaks to Kuwait Times. —Photo by Yasser Al-Zayyat

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