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MOH ready for new Hajj season

hajj2016The Ministry of Health on Wednesday said has taken all necessary steps to ensure a safe Hajj (pilgrimage) season this year for all willing Kuwaiti pilgrims.
After meeting with the committees tasked with forming teams to organize the process of receiving pilgrims, assistant undersecretary for public health affairs Dr. Majida Al-Qattan, in a press statement, said that such readiness is part of the ministry’s strategies to ensure the health of Kuwaiti pilgrims.
The meeting discussed three stages; before, during and after the return of pilgrims, Al-Qattan noted.
It also discussed accommodation procedures to make sure that residential units comply with the ministry’s requirements, she noted.
The committee formed three teams, each including a preventive health doctor and a member from the Ministry of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs, to ensure the safety of selected buildings and hotels, Al-Qattan said.


Health ministry confirms Diovan ‘ok for hypertensive patients


Kuwait’s health ministry said on Saturday that a widely used blood pressure drug known by the trade name ‘Diovan’ is safe for consumption, refuting recent information alleging the medicine “could cause cancer.” All registered pharmaceuticals available in Kuwait are totally safe, the ministry’s assistant undersecretary for food and drug safety Dr. Abdullah Al-Bader said in a statement, advising patients to be wary of false news and alerts.

Hospitals placed on alert amid food poisoning outbreak,cases reach over 287


Kuwait’s health ministry has put an emergency response plan in place after 287 people came down with food poisoning from consuming tainted falafel served by a local restaurant, Dr. Nadia Al-Jumaa, the director of Mubarak Al-Kabeer hospital, said in a statement on Saturday.
As per the ministry’s emergency response plan, she said that all specialists and physicians have been called in to provide urgent medical care to the patients, none of whom appear to be in critical condition.
Meanwhile, Dr. Ali Al-Allanda, the director of Amiri hospital, said that the medical facility has taken all the necessary measures to treat the influx of food poisoning cases and ensure the safe discharge of patients.

Expats who suffer from cancer, diabetes, HB pressure & several other illnesses will no longer be able to obtain residencies in Kuwait


#Kuwait: In an effort to reduce the costs of expat health care on the country’s government, Expats who suffer from cancer, diabetes, high blood pressure and several other illnesses will no longer be able to obtain residencies in Kuwait, The news comes after the country’s Ministry of Health released a list of 22 illnesses that make people ineligible to apply for permanent residency status in the country.

Other illnesses featured on the list include renal failure, vision problems, squinting, and tens of others, In her statement on the matter, Assistant Undersecretary for General Health Affairs in the country’s Ministry of Health, Majida Al Qattan, confirmed the news, stating that it comes in line with a GCC council decision which dates back to 2001.

She also explained that the main aims behind the decision are to reduce the costs of expat health care on the country’s government and ensure that expats arriving in the Gulf state are fit to work.
Before the implementation of the most recent expat ban, Kuwait did bar people with infectious diseases from entering or leaving the country, as per international laws.

Those diseases include Aids, Herpes, Hepatitis B and G, Malaria, Leprosy, Syphilis, Tuberculosis, and Gonorrhea, However, this is the first time the country bans people with non-infectious illnesses from entering it.

Speaking to Al Watan, sources said the most recent move is set to be criticized by international human rights organizations because it is unusual to ban people from entering countries if the illnesses they suffer from are not infectious, The source added that the list now being implemented was introduced to the Gulf state’s government eight years ago but was not approved until earlier this year.

In October 2017, Kuwait increased all public health fees for expats for the first time in two decades, Even though the move is still being applied, Kuwait’s Health Minister, Sheikh Dr. Basel Al-Sabah, said the increased health fees are now being reassessed “as they were imposed based upon a government proposal not a parliamentary one.”

Supreme Court rejects lawsuit to cancel new health care fees on expats


#Kuwait: The administrative department in the Supreme Court rejected a lawsuit filed by a lawyer against the Ministry of Health to overturn its decision to increase health care fees for foreigners. The Fatwa and Legislation Department pleaded on behalf of the ministry of Health and demanded to dismiss the case and submitted a defense memorandum behind the ministry’s decision.


Non-Kuwaitis with Kuwaiti wife exempt from healthcare fees


Non-Kuwaitis married to Kuwaiti women will be added to the list of those exempt from healthcare fees at public hospitals and clinics throughout Kuwait, Health Minister Jamal Al-Harbi said on Sunday.
The minister also issued several explanatory decisions regarding health insurance, fees pertaining to medical prescriptions and receiving intensive care at public hospitals for non-Kuwaitis, read a ministry statement.
Intensive care fees will be subject to a medical report approved by the doctor and after consultation from the head of the specialised ward, said the minister, adding that domestic workers will not be subject to these fees.
He reiterated that the increase in the fees is due to the high expense burden of healthcare on the ministry.
Those exempt from the fees include children under the age of 12, cancer patients, non-Kuwaiti women married to Kuwaitis, non-Kuwaiti mothers of Kuwaitis and the daughters of a Kuwaiti mother married to a non-Kuwaiti.
Others include people receiving care at welfare homes, Gulf Cooperation Council citizens, illegal residents, members of official delegations, transit travelers, non-Kuwaiti prisoners and students on a Kuwaiti-funded grant.
Also, non-Kuwaiti blind patients will be exempt from overnight stay fees, while non-Kuwaiti special needs cases will be given the same treatment as their Kuwaiti counterparts in regards to prosthetic amputee rehabilitation.

Expatriates’ critical cases exempted from medical fees’ raise


#Kuwait: Minister of Health Dr. Jamal Al-Harbi said on Saturday that increase of medical care costs for expatriates would not include emergency and critical cases.
Managers of hospitals and wards’ chiefs are empowered to look into each case and take the required decision with respect of fees’ payments, the minister indicated in a press release.
The higher payments for the medical care have been imposed due to the heavy financial burdens borne by the Ministry of Health, he said.
The MoH has been bearing high costs for medical operations, equipment, medicines, laboratories and various medical supplies, Minister Al-Harbi elaborated.
Non-Kuwaitis who have visit visas will get medical treatment at set fees, he added.
For his part, the MoH official spokesperson. Dr. Ahmad Al-Shatti, said imposing higher fees for medical care “came in tandem with hike of prices of medical drugs and modern technology globally.” Medical insurance fees will remain unchanged at KD 50 for an expatriate, KD 40 for the wife and KD 30 for a child.
Exempted cases include expatriate children suffering from cancer and aged less than 12, non-Kuwaiti woman married to a Kuwaiti, non-Kuwaiti mother ofa citizen, children of a Kuwaiti mother married to a non-Kuwaiti.
The exception is also applied on occupants of social care houses, GCC citizens, illegal residents, members of official delegations, transit passengers and foreign inmates.
Others relieved of the higher fees are students of scholarships granted by the Ministry of Education. Blind patients residing at the ministry-run hospitals are not compelled to pay for residency. MoH workers, their husbands and children do not pay for ex-ray fees and nuclear medical treatment at the public hospitals and clinics.
Dr. Al-Shatti has also noted that non-Kuwaitis of special needs are to be treated on same par with citizens of same challenges with respect of artificial limbs.
The minister of health has issued two decisions raising medical care costs for the expatriates, effective on October 1.