Health Min­is­ter af­firms com­mit­ment to rules of over­seas med­i­cal treat­ment

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Min­is­ter of Health Dr Ali Al-Obaidi said the de­ci­sions on over­seas med­i­cal treat­ment are bound to spe­cific tech­ni­cal cri­te­ri­ons and fall in the frame­work of a prac­ti­cal sys­tem. “Such de­ci­sions are made with­out in­ter­fer­ences by a min­is­ter. I have de­cided to re­fer a num­ber of med­i­cal of­fices to pros­e­cu­tion over re­ported ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties in this re­gard,” he said.

The min­is­ter made the com­ments in an in­ter­view with ‘Ommah 2016’ pro­gram on AlRai TV sta­tion on Fri­day night. The over­seas med­i­cal treat­ment is one of a range of ser­vices be­ing of­fered by the Min­istry of Health since the min­istry was founded long years ago, he said. “Un­der this sys­tem, a pa­tient can file a re­port on his/her med­i­cal con­di­tion to a four-mem­ber con­sul­tant com­mit­tee who can de­cide on the need of over­seas treat­ment. Their de­ci­sion should be ap­proved by di­rec­tor of the rel­e­vant hospi­tal and then be tabled to un­der­sec­re­tary of the min­istry for fi­nal en­dorse­ment,” he ex­plained.

Dr Obaidi af­firmed that the of­fice of the min­is­ter has noth­ing to do with such ap­pli­ca­tions. He noted that all de­ci­sions made by the com­pe­tent com­mit­tees in the re­cent pe­riod were cor­rect and away from any ex­cep­tions or nepo­tism.

“There are 55 such tech­ni­cal com­mit­tees with a to­tal 275 con­sul­tants in hospi­tals across the coun­try who are known for their in­tegrity and sin­cer­ity and serve our fel­low cit­i­zens pur­suant to the pro­vi­sions of the con­sti­tu­tion,” he went on. He noted that the doubts cast by some par­lia­men­tary hope­fuls tar­geted cer­tain mem­bers of such com­mit­tee not the min­is­ter.

He added that the cost of over­seas treat­ment amounted to KD 760 mil­lion, not­ing that the num­ber of Kuwaiti pa­tients be­ing treated abroad topped 2,314, in­clud­ing 1,193 pa­tients in the United States, 462 in the United King­dom, 370 in Ger­many and 289 in France. —KUNA

Ilove the Salwa area of Kuwait. It is a great lo­ca­tion, close to the city, to shop­ping in Salmiya, fam­ily-friendly and ac­ces­si­ble to all ser­vices. But there has been a grow­ing rate of crime in the area and more at­ten­tion needs to be paid to all that goes on there.

Hardly a day passes with­out the news of a mur­der, armed rob­bery, theft or traf­fick­ing in drugs and other crimes tak­ing place. Some may claim that it is nor­mal in mod­ern so­ci­eties. I don’t think so be­cause we are a small coun­try and crimes, es­pe­cially mur­ders, are not some­thing we should ac­cept and sim­ply get used to hap­pen­ing. Salwa was un­der the mi­cro­scope this month for a mas­sive in­crease in crime in­clud­ing cases of mur­der, drugs, do­mes­tic vi­o­lence, theft, rob­bery, at­tacks on ve­hi­cles and much more. In one case, a 45-year-old cit­i­zen killed his 35-year-old wife, in front of her chil­dren, at­tack­ing her with a screw­driver and a ham­mer. The po­lice ar­rested the man but the im­pact of this aw­ful crime on the chil­dren will never dis­ap­pear.

A week later another crime has set Salwa res­i­dents on edge. Three peo­ple were found dead in­clud­ing a mem­ber of the rul­ing fam­ily. All three had been tied up and gagged and then shot ex­e­cu­tion style. Ev­ery­one has be­gun to won­der why and worry over his fam­ily and per­sonal safety.

Po­lice acted fast and caught two sus­pects, two Ira­ni­ans (it was orig­i­nally re­ported that one was bedoon, but the In­te­rior Min­istry has con­firmed the na­tion­al­i­ties in its of­fi­cial state­ment to the press). Ac­cord­ing to the state­ment, the two men, one of whom was the cook for the sheikh, killed the three to steal KD 276,000. They planned to flee once the deed was done. Now they have been caught, and five lives were lost. But for the rest of peo­ple liv­ing in Salwa, the fear re­mains. The po­lice and res­i­dents will need to work to­gether to re­verse the ris­ing crime rate in Salwa and pro­tect its good rep­u­ta­tion.

I think that the over­all preva­lence of vi­o­lence in the Arab world and the scene of ter­ror­ist groups like IS and other ter­ror­ist groups that spread in Syria and Iraq have a sig­nif­i­cant ef­fect on the per­pe­tra­tors of crimes be­cause they do not feel re­morse or hes­i­tate to mur­der. The high num­ber of crimes have a neg­a­tive im­pact on so­cial re­la­tions be­tween in­di­vid­u­als and spread of fear and anxiety. The In­te­rior Min­istry is do­ing its job now to un­cover the causes of crime, but it is nec­es­sary to re­con­sider the rea­sons to elim­i­nate the num­ber of such crimes. What could be the rea­son for such crimes in this area? If there is a tip to all here, please make sure to lock all doors and win­dows at night and never leave any valu­ables such as credit cards or cash in your car for any rea­son . Don’t be a prey to theft or crim­i­nals.

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