A na­tional su­per­vi­sion au­thor­ity

Kuwait Times - - LOCAL - By Ab­dul­lah Buwair lo­cal@kuwait­times.net

Iwrote re­cently about the drainage of re­sources in our coun­try, Kuwait; and how we are adopt­ing the role of an on­looker with­out mak­ing any moves. The health min­istry col­lects KD 50 as a health in­sur­ance fee from each ex­pa­tri­ate liv­ing in Kuwait, in ad­di­tion to KD 1 and KD 2 as en­trance fees at poly­clin­ics and hospi­tals re­spec­tively. But on the other hand, there is no true mon­i­tor­ing to pre­vent dis­pens­ing of med­i­ca­tions which are some­times given through wasta (con­nec­tions) or a friend’s rec­om­men­da­tion. I saw with my own eyes, while on my way to fill a pre­scrip­tion for a rel­a­tive of mine in a Hawally hos­pi­tal, an ex­pat fill­ing large bags with medicine that is worth thou­sands of di­nars. Isn’t this con­sid­ered a form of drain­ing of the state bud­get? Some peo­ple might sug­gest that med­i­ca­tions such as Panadol, cough medicine, an­tibi­otics and Ven­tolin might not have con­sid­er­able value, but if you go to a pri­vate phar­macy and ask about the true value of those med­i­ca­tions, you will be sur­prised by the an­swer.

The health min­istry made a pos­i­tive step a few days ago, as pub­lished in a news­pa­per, although I am not sure how ac­cu­rate this news is, about rais­ing the price of some medicine, which I be­lieve is some­thing good. In my opin­ion, I be­lieve that ex­pats should en­ter med­i­cal fa­cil­i­ties and be ex­am­ined free of charge, but med­i­ca­tions should be paid for. The cur­rent sit­u­a­tion is dif­fi­cult to con­tinue. Why? Be­cause that would cost the coun­try tremen­dous amounts of money.

As I men­tioned in pre­vi­ous ar­ti­cles, there are some ex­pats who are trusted over gov­ern­ment prop­er­ties in­clud­ing fa­cil­i­ties, ware­houses, min­istries, schools, au­thor­i­ties, clubs, and oth­ers. In or­der to re­move any doubts, why not in­stall CCTV cam­eras in those places to un­cover vi­o­la­tions if they ex­ist?

Also, why not place both large and small phar­ma­cies un­der sur­veil­lance? More­over, the gov­ern­ment can es­tab­lish a su­per­vi­sion au­thor­ity that pro­vides more jobs to na­tional man­power. Such au­thor­ity would em­ploy an un­der­sec­re­tary, as­sis­tant un­der­sec­re­tary, su­per­vi­sor, man­ager and em­ploy­ees whose only job is to dis­cover vi­o­la­tions. A sim­i­lar model has al­ready been used in co-op­er­a­tive so­ci­eties where of­fices were al­lo­cated for the Min­istry of So­cial Af­fairs and La­bor em­ploy­ees to check vi­o­la­tions. May Al­lah pro­tect Kuwait and its peo­ple from all evil.

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