As­so­ci­a­tion de­mands more pro­tec­tion for med­i­cal staff An­gry pa­tient as­saults hos­pi­tal off­i­cal

Kuwait Times - - LOCAL - By Me­shaal Al-Enezi


Kuwait Med­i­cal As­so­ci­a­tion (KMA) strongly con­demned the as­sault against an Amiri hos­pi­tal of­fi­cial and called for hold­ing the as­sailant legally ac­count­able. KMA Sec­re­tary Gen­eral Dr Mo­ham­mad Al-Qena’e said that as­sault­ing doc­tors and med­i­cal staff proves that the cur­rent law is in­ca­pable of pro­tect­ing them. Qena’e de­manded us­ing harsh pun­ish­ments against those who as­sault doc­tors and med­i­cal staff on duty and urged the health min­is­ter and the par­lia­ment to pass the medicine prac­tice bill that had been prepared by a joint min­is­te­rial com­mit­tee over a year, which in­cludes penal­ties for the as­sailants. Qena’e called for in­creas­ing se­cu­rity at var­i­ous hos­pi­tals and urged all as­saulted doc­tors to sue the as­sailants not­ing that KMA pro­vides lawyers to do so free of charge. A pa­tient who had in­sisted on get­ting a re­stricted medicine had at­tacked the di­rec­tor of Amiri Hos­pi­tal Ali Al-Alanda with a stick. Alanda, who suf­fered a bro­ken arm as a re­sult of the at­tack, had ex­plained to the pa­tient that the medicine is dan­ger­ous and must be ad­min­is­tered by a doc­tor, but he was not con­vinced and at­tacked him, ac­cord­ing to the po­lice re­port. The pa­tient was charged ac­cord­ingly.

New hos­pi­tal

Headed by Di­rec­tor of the Plan Prepa­ra­tions and Fol­low-up Soad Al-Awadh, The Supreme Coun­cil for Plan­ning and De­vel­op­ment’s fol­low up team vis­ited the new Al-Sabah Hos­pi­tal project’s site yesterday. Awadh stressed that over 21 per­cent of the project has been com­pleted and that it is ex­pected to be fin­ished on sched­ule by Au­gust 2018. She added that the project’s to­tal cost is KD 179 mil­lion and that the hos­pi­tal will in­clude four build­ings and park­ing spa­ces for over 1,275 ve­hi­cles. “The hos­pi­tal will in­clude 617 beds and serve large num­bers of pa­tients in Al-Sabah Med­i­cal Zone and the sur­round­ing ar­eas.”

Jaber Cause­way

As­sis­tant Un­der­sec­re­tary for Road En­gi­neer­ing at the Min­istry of Pub­lic Works (MPW) Ah­mad Al-Has­san said that 71 per­cent of the Jaber Al-Ahmed Cause­way (Sub­biah Spur) project de­sign, con­struc­tion and main­te­nance had been com­pleted so far.

Has­san added that min­is­ter Ab­dul Rah­man Al-Mutawa gave or­ders to co­op­er­ate with other state de­part­ment and re­move all ob­sta­cles that might de­lay the project. The Project will act as Kuwait’s gate­way into de­vel­op­ing the north­ern re­gions of the coun­try, and help re­al­ize His High­ness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ah­mad Al-Sabah’s vi­sion to turn Kuwait into a re­gional and in­ter­na­tional com­mer­cial and fi­nan­cial hub.

He added that the spur will link Kuwait to the pro­jected Mad­i­nat Al-Harir (Silk City) megapro­ject with a to­tal cost of KD 738,750,000. It will in­clude a sea bridge that starts from Shuwaikh Port and the Free Trade Zone, goes through Kuwait Bay to the west, passes by the Um Al-Namel Is­land to Doha, then links with Doha Ex­press­way, with a to­tal length of 12.4 km. Has­san said the project con­sists of a seven-km sea bridge with two in­ter­sec­tions, and has the same specs of the main cause­way (Sub­biya Spur).

The list

The Na­tional Assem­bly’s Sec­re­tary Gen­eral Al­lam Al-Kan­dari strongly de­nied social media re­ports about a list in­clud­ing the names of previous min­is­ters and law­mak­ers that are al­legedly is­sued by the sec­re­tar­iat gen­eral. “The par­lia­ment is not re­spon­si­ble for state­ments made from un­of­fi­cial sources,” he said, urg­ing users of social media net­works to ver­ify and be more ac­cu­rate on re­port­ing about the par­lia­ment ac­tiv­i­ties.

Li­censes’ va­lid­ity

The Jour­nal­ism and Pub­li­ca­tion Sec­tor at the In­for­ma­tion Min­istry is­sued min­is­te­rial de­ci­sion num­ber 176/2016 upon which the va­lid­ity of li­censes given to in­di­vid­u­als and com­pa­nies (as per ar­ti­cle 3 of the pub­li­ca­tions law) will be dou­bled from two to four years to be re­newed for sim­i­lar pe­ri­ods.

KUWAIT: On­go­ing con­struc­tion works at the new Sabah Hos­pi­tal’s project. — KUNA

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