New Sabah Hospi­tal 47 per­cent com­plete, pro­ject ends next year

Po­lice­man fined for re­fus­ing to sa­lute fe­male of­fi­cer

Kuwait Times - - Local - By Me­shaal Al-Enezi and A Saleh

KUWAIT: As­sis­tant sec­re­tary gen­eral for plan­ning and devel­op­ment at the Sec­re­tariat Gen­eral of the Supreme Coun­cil for Plan­ning and Devel­op­ment Bader Al-Re­fai said 47 per­cent of the new Sabah Hospi­tal pro­ject has been com­pleted and the pro­ject is ex­pected to be con­cluded next year with a to­tal cost of KD 179 mil­lion.

Speak­ing to re­porters yes­ter­day dur­ing a field visit to the pro­ject site or­ga­nized by the pro­grams and plans fol­low-up depart­ment, Re­fai said the visit cov­ered all strate­gic projects in­cluded in the devel­op­ment plan to check the per­cent­age of achieve­ment and com­pare it to set sched­ules. He added that the new Sabah Hospi­tal pro­ject is one of these projects and that the vis­it­ing team met MoH and the ex­e­cut­ing com­pany’s rep­re­sen­ta­tives and watched a pre­sen­ta­tion on the phases re­al­ized.

Re­fai ex­plained that the pro­ject com­prises of a main build­ing with a base­ment, a ground floor and 12 floors with a 512-bed ca­pac­ity, in ad­di­tion to 105 ICU beds. He added that the hospi­tal will also in­clude ca­su­alty, ra­di­ol­ogy, gen­eral surgery, spe­cial­ized surgery, nu­clear medicine, phys­io­ther­apy and res­pi­ra­tory de­part­ments, in ad­di­tion to 72 OPDs, phar­ma­cies, re­cep­tion, labs, stor­age ar­eas and a he­li­port. Re­fai said that the hospi­tal ad­min­is­tra­tion build­ing com­prises of eight floors and that the nu­clear medicine depart­ment would be equipped with state-of-the art waste pro­cess­ing tech­nol­ogy. The fol­low-up depart­ment man­ager Suad Al-Awadh said that the visit aimed at check­ing how much of the pro­ject - that com­menced in 2014 and is ex­pected to be con­cluded in July 2019 - had been com­pleted .

Emer­gency surgery for bedoon

Emer­gency surgery

In a hu­mane ges­ture, Health Min­is­ter Sheikh Dr Bas­sel Al-Sabah or­dered a surgery to be im­me­di­ately con­ducted on a bedoon pa­tient with an ex­pired se­cu­rity ID. The pa­tient was hos­pi­tal­ized at Al-Dab­bous Car­di­ol­ogy Cen­ter and was ad­mit­ted in­side the in­ten­sive care unit (ICU) in an un­sta­ble con­di­tion. The min­is­ter met his treat­ment team and or­dered an ex­emp­tion to save his life. In a dif­fer­ent con­cern, Sheikh Bas­sel said rel­e­vant min­istry sec­tors had been as­signed to dis­cuss de­vel­op­ing so­cial me­dia mo­bile ap­pli­ca­tions to be used by pa­tients in book­ing ap­point­ments, ob­tain­ing medicine and sav­ing test re­sults ac­cord­ing to their civil ID num­ber, which would help fa­cil­i­tate ac­cess to such data when­ever needed.

KD 1 mil­lion

The Min­istry of Health (MoH) owes a num­ber of lo­cal ho­tels over KD 1 mil­lion, said well-in­formed health sources, not­ing that the ho­tels had re­peat­edly urged MoH to pay the over­due bills. The sources added that MoH formed a spe­cial com­mit­tee to look into the mat­ter within the com­ing weeks, adding that the sums were the fees of hir­ing con­fer­ence halls and book­ing rooms for guest con­sul­tants and par­tic­i­pants in var­i­ous con­fer­ences. No­tably, MoH’s con­fer­ence bud­get last year was KD 2 mil­lion, spent on 38 con­fer­ences and 20 work­shops, ie KD 50,000 per con­fer­ence and KD 10,000 per work­shop.

Po­lice­man fined

The court of cas­sa­tion yes­ter­day fined a po­lice­man KD 3,000 for re­fus­ing to sa­lute a fe­male of­fi­cer. The court ex­plained that the po­lice­man re­fused a direct or­der to sa­lute the fe­male of­fi­cer, with whom he had some per­sonal dis­putes. The po­lice­man also in­sulted the of­fi­cer when she asked about his dis­obe­di­ence.

Food safety

The Pub­lic Author­ity for Food and Nu­tri­tion’s Chair­man Essa Al-Kan­dari stressed that the author­ity’s li­a­bil­i­ties in­ter­vene with those of other gov­ern­ment bodies and that the author­ity is work­ing hard on solv­ing the prob­lem. Speak­ing to re­porters fol­low­ing an in­spec­tion tour of butcheries, the fish mar­ket, restau­rants and stores in Souq Mubarakiya and the fish mar­ket in Sharq, Kan­dari called for join­ing ef­forts with sev­eral state de­part­ments to tackle street ven­dors. Kan­dari added that yes­ter­day’s in­spec­tion tour re­sulted in fil­ing two ci­ta­tions to fish­mon­gers sell­ing foul fish at the Sharq fish mar­ket and six to other stores in Mubarakiya.

KUWAIT: An artist’s ren­di­tion for the new Sabah Hospi­tal. —

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