Can­di­dates should un­dergo phys­i­cal, men­tal tests: An­a­lyst ‘Chaos’ at med­i­cal ex­am­i­na­tion de­part­ment

Kuwait Times - - LOCAL - By Me­shaal Al-Enezi

Po­lit­i­cal an­a­lyst Rima Al-Od­heeb stressed the need for all par­lia­men­tary elec­tions can­di­dates to un­dergo med­i­cal tests, ad­ding that such a de­ci­sion has been de­layed for too long and should have been put into prac­tice years ago. She noted many Arab coun­tries have made such tests manda­tory to run. Od­heeb said med­i­cal ex­am­i­na­tion of can­di­dates is a ma­jor step to­wards hav­ing par­lia­men­tar­i­ans with good health that would be pos­i­tively echoed in their opin­ions and role in leg­is­la­tion and mon­i­tor­ing. “MPs must be phys­i­cally and men­tally fit to per­form well,” she said. Od­heeb said a sur­vey on her Twit­ter ac­count to probe pub­lic opin­ion found that 88 per­cent of par­tic­i­pants agreed, while only 12 per­cent re­jected the pro­posal.

Health min­is­ter Dr Ali Al-Obaidi yes­ter­day signed a con­tract of co­op­er­a­tion be­tween Kuwait In­sti­tute for Med­i­cal Spe­cial­iza­tions (KIMS) and the Royal Col­lege of Physi­cians and Sur­geons (RCPS) of Canada. KIMS Sec­re­tary Gen­eral Dr Ibrahim Hadi an­nounced im­ple­ment­ing the co­op­er­a­tion agree­ment for three years with the aim of de­vel­op­ing the in­sti­tute’s train­ing cour­ses and en­sure train­ing doc­tors ac­cord­ing to high­est in­ter­na­tional med­i­cal train­ing stan­dards. Hadi added that the agree­ment was ap­proved by KIMS head of the board of trustees and health min­is­ter Obaidi to train the in­sti­tute’s train­ing staff on lat­est clin­i­cal train­ing and means of assess­ing trainees. He added that the agree­ment in­cludes hav­ing RCPS su­per­vise the Kuwaiti board ex­am­i­na­tions.

State of chaos

A state of chaos pre­vailed yes­ter­day at the do­mes­tic helpers’ med­i­cal ex­am­i­na­tion de­part­ment, where hun­dreds crowded to un­dergo med­i­cal tests pend­ing re­new­ing res­i­dency visas, which re­sulted in de­lay­ing many trans­ac­tions.

Mu­nic­i­pal Coun­cil elec­tions

Mu­nic­i­pal Coun­cil Chair­man Muhal­hel Al-Khaled said the coun­cil’s sup­ple­men­tary elec­tions would be held ac­cord­ing to the ear­lier con­stituen­cies’ sys­tem and that new ar­eas would be added as per the new mu­nic­i­pal­ity law 33/2016. Khaled said MoI will an­nounce the new lists of vot­ers re­sid­ing in new ar­eas who had been de­prived of vot­ing in pre­vi­ous mu­nic­i­pal coun­cil elec­tions ac­cord­ing to the old law 5/2005. Khaled ex­plained that sup­ple­men­tary elec­tions would be held in five con­stituen­cies - the fourth, sixth, sev­enth, eighth and ninth - af­ter mem­bers Ab­dul­lah Al-Kan­dari, Ahmed Al-Bughaili, Nayef Al-Sour, Me­shari AlM-utoutah and Mane Al-Ajmi re­signed.

Jahra mu­nic­i­pal­ity launched a wide-scale cam­paign to fine il­le­gal camps pitched with­out hav­ing valid li­censes, vi­o­lat­ing the lim­its spec­i­fied for each camp, or camp­ing in off-limit ar­eas. Some camps were warned dur­ing the cam­paign while over 50 vi­o­lat­ing ones are be­ing re­moved. Sep­a­rately, the Min­istry of Health an­nounced its in­ten­tion to use ATVs as am­bu­lances dur­ing the camp­ing sea­son so that paramedics can reach var­i­ous camps eas­ily.

Re­new­able en­ergy

Min­is­ter of Elec­tric­ity and Water and Act­ing Min­is­ter of Awqaf and Is­lamic Af­fairs Ahmed Al-Jas­sar yes­ter­day launched a project to in­stall pho­to­elec­tric cells at the Bayan water reser­voirs. A state­ment is­sued by the min­istry said the project is part of its keen­ness on adopt­ing the lat­est in the field of re­new­able en­ergy as well as reach the ul­ti­mate goal of cov­er­ing 15 per­cent of the en­ergy Kuwait needs by 2030 by re­new­able en­ergy. The state­ment added that the project was launched in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the En­vi­ron­ment Friends Com­pany; the sole rep­re­sen­ta­tive of S-En­ergy Com­pany of Korea. The project in­cludes in­stalling so­lar pan­els, in­clud­ing 492 pho­to­elec­tric cells, over an area of 2,000 sq m to pro­duce 120 kilo­watts of elec­tric­ity and link them to the main grid. The state­ment added that the cells used were es­pe­cially de­signed to work in ex­treme heat of up to 95 de­grees. The min­istry added that a spe­cial poly­eth­yl­ene clean­ing tech­nol­ogy would be used in­stead of water to en­sure the cells’ dura­bil­ity. The min­istry added that the project is su­per­vised by a group of Kuwaiti en­gi­neers and tech­ni­cians work­ing for the min­istry.

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