Med­i­cal tests for do­mes­tics for res­i­dency re­newal halted

MoI re­jects blame, in­sists de­ci­sion made, sus­pended by MoH

Kuwait Times - - FRONT PAGE - By Hanan Al-Saadoun

The health min­istry, in co­or­di­na­tion with the in­te­rior min­istry, yes­ter­day sus­pended a de­ci­sion to make do­mes­tic helpers from 40 coun­tries un­dergo med­i­cal tests ev­ery time they re­new their res­i­den­cies. Di­rec­tor Gen­eral for Res­i­dency Af­fairs Maj Gen Talal Maarafi said the de­ci­sion to test the helpers and the de­ci­sion to post­pone it un­der fur­ther no­tice is from the min­istry of health, since it is re­spon­si­ble for con­duct­ing med­i­cal tests, and the in­te­rior min­istry has noth­ing to do with it.

A se­nior health min­istry of­fi­cial yes­ter­day said the min­istry stopped the med­i­cal ex­am­i­na­tions un­til new health cen­ters open soon. The move will give an op­por­tu­nity to the min­istry to com­plete in­stal­la­tion of state-of-the-art equip­ment and be lo­gis­ti­cally ready to re­ceive large num­bers of med­i­cal ex­am­i­nees, As­sis­tant Un­der­sec­re­tary for Pub­lic Health Dr Ma­jda AlQat­tan said in a state­ment. No­tably, a state of chaos had pre­vailed over the past few days at the do­mes­tic helpers’ med­i­cal ex­am­i­na­tion depart­ment, where hun­dreds gath­ered to un­dergo med­i­cal tests to re­new their res­i­dency visas. Maarafi said the over­crowd­ing was be­hind the health min­istry’s de­ci­sion to halt the process.

Mean­while, the in­te­rior min­istry’s re­la­tions and security me­dia di­rec­tor Brig Adel Al-Hashash said that in view of the suf­fer­ing caused to cit­i­zens due to the over­crowd­ing, the in­te­rior min­is­ter con­ferred with the health min­is­ter and his un­der­sec­re­tary, ask­ing them to freeze the de­ci­sion un­til the health min­istry makes proper ar­range­ments to put it into prac­tice. Hashash added that Maarafi was in­structed to im­me­di­ately form a com­mit­tee to ar­range with the health min­istry to make a plan with proper mech­a­nisms and ar­range­ments to ab­sorb the huge num­bers of do­mes­tic helpers. Hashash also un­der­lined that the de­ci­sion had been made and sus­pended by the health min­istry and urged ev­ery­one to keep the in­te­rior min­istry out of it.

— Photo by Yasser Al-Zayyat

KUWAIT: At­ten­dees sit around a large tray of a tra­di­tional dish made of camel meat dur­ing an elec­tion cam­paign meet­ing of can­di­date Al-Hu­maidi Al-Subaei in Riqqa yes­ter­day.

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