Min­is­ter names re­place­ments for sacked, sus­pended of­fi­cials

Emer­gency units re­ceived over 10,000 cases due to rain­fall

Kuwait Times - - Local - By Me­shaal Al-Enezi

KUWAIT: Min­is­ter of Pub­lic Works Hosam Al-Roumi yes­ter­day as­signed Soha Ashkanani to re­place the for­mer chair­man of the Pub­lic Au­thor­ity for Roads and Trans­porta­tion (PART) Ah­mad AlHas­san, who was sacked on Tues­day. Roumi also as­signed Ab­dul Aziz Al-Sabah as as­sis­tant un­der­sec­re­tary for main­te­nance en­gi­neer­ing af­fairs and Waleed AlGhanem as as­sis­tant un­der­sec­re­tary for hy­giene en­gi­neer­ing af­fairs, re­plac­ing the sus­pended Mo­hammed bin Nakhi and Ab­dul Mohsen Al-Enezi re­spec­tively. Mean­while, the Civil Ser­vice Com­mis­sion (CSC) of­fi­cially re­ferred for­mer Min­istry of Pub­lic Works (MPW) un­der­sec­re­tary Awatif Al-Ghu­naim to re­tire­ment. Ten­sion be­tween MPW and PART has ac­cel­er­ated over the re­cent rain cri­sis, said in­formed sources, not­ing that Roumi can­celled a press con­fer­ence for Hassan be­cause the of­fi­cial was no longer an MPW em­ployee af­ter he was re­lieved from his du­ties be­cause of the flood­ing and his de­par­ture to the US to at­tend a meet­ing in Ne­vada.

Nev­er­the­less, Hassan held the con­fer­ence at a pri­vate of­fice in South Surra, not­ing that he had to leave be­cause of an obli­ga­tion to at­tend a meet­ing in the US. He also stressed that Roumi can­celled his trip, and thus he trav­eled at his own ex­pense us­ing ur­gent leave with­out re­ceiv­ing any funds from MPW. Hassan also stressed that the au­thor­ity’s de­part­ments man­aged to han­dle the re­cent heavy rain.

10,000 cases

Mean­while, Health Min­is­ter Sheikh Dr Basel Al-Sabah an­nounced that emer­gency units at Kuwaiti hospi­tals had re­ceived 10,038 pa­tients on Tues­day in the wake of the un­sta­ble weather. Over 336 pa­tients vis­ited the emer­gency units to com­plete treat­ment and 23 crit­i­cal cases to be put on ven­ti­la­tors, he said. He pointed out that the min­istry had ef­fec­tively en­forced the emer­gency plan in co­or­di­na­tion with other min­istries and gov­ern­ment bod­ies. He lauded the con­tri­bu­tions of all staff mem­bers to the emer­gency plan.

In the mean­time, Kuwait Gen­eral Ad­min­is­tra­tion of Cus­toms (KGAC) said that the move­ment of peo­ple and goods at Kuwait cross­ings was not af­fected by the rain. It added that ac­tion at the cross­ings was prac­ticed typ­i­cally. Cus­toms staff at cross­ings, in col­lab­o­ra­tion with all gov­ern­men­tal bod­ies, man­aged to re­move wa­ter ac­cu­mu­lated by heavy rains, gen­eral man­ager of KGAC Ja­mal Al-Jalawi stressed in a press state­ment. He said that some main sites and build­ings in Shuwaikh were af­fected by the ac­cu­mu­lated wa­ter. Jalawi com­mended dis­tin­guished co­op­er­a­tion amongst all state bod­ies that con­trib­uted to tack­ling most of the prob­lems caused by the heavy rains that hit the coun­try at dawn of Tues­day.

Na­tional ac­cred­i­ta­tion

Sabah and Ibn Sina Hospi­tals were awarded full na­tional ac­cred­i­ta­tion for the qual­ity of med­i­cal ser­vices they pro­vide. In this re­gard, Sabah Hos­pi­tal Man­ager Dr Ab­dul Rah­man Al-Enezi said the hos­pi­tal was awarded the full na­tional ac­cred­i­ta­tion af­ter pass­ing all safety stan­dards tests. Ibn Sina Hos­pi­tal Man­ager Dr Mo­hammed Owaid­hah Al-Ajmi stressed the ac­cred­i­ta­tion came as a re­sult of the hos­pi­tal staff’s ef­forts in­clud­ing heads of de­part­ments, doc­tors, nurses, tech­ni­cians, ad­min­is­tra­tive staff and the hos­pi­tal qual­ity im­prove­ment and tech­ni­cal sup­port teams.

Short cir­cuit

The Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion (MoE) an­nounced that a short cir­cuit took place at a girls’ re­li­gious in­sti­tute in Jaber Al-Ah­mad, which re­sulted in heavy smoke. The in­sti­tute had to be evac­u­ated and the girls were driven home safely. No ca­su­al­ties were re­ported. Sep­a­rately, a gang con­sist­ing of Arab and Asian na­tion­als was ar­rested for steal­ing elec­tric ca­bles and mak­ing il­le­gal con­nec­tions in re­turn for bribes, said se­cu­rity sources, not­ing that stolen items worth thou­sands were re­trieved.

Hosam Al-Roumi

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