KUWAIT CITY, April 29: The Ministry of Interior has installed 9 mobile cameras on the streets and main roads, reports Al-Rai daily. The daily quoting security sources said that the task of these cameras is to monitor the roads and highways and help traffic police control the traffic jams and congestion on the roads in the quickest possible time in addition to monitor those who are using the shoulder lanes, but not to monitor the speed.
The sources said, the ministry plans to double the number of speed cameras on the roads from 570 to about 1,000 cameras, to reduce traffic accidents, and curb recklessness of motorists who threaten the safety of road users, especially after seeing an increase in serious accidents in the recent past.
The sources added that the ministry is waiting for the arrival of a new batch of cameras and will be installed after the completion of the road projects and bridges.
The sources confirmed that doubling the number of cameras came after some citizens submitted proposals and solutions to reduce recklessness and carelessness, in parallel with demand by the Interior and Defense Committee of the National Assembly to exert more efforts to reduce the number of accidents which have resulted in the death of 450 people last year, most of them young.
KUWAIT CITY, April 29: Kuwait was declared the world leader in terms of freshwater quality in 2017 and 2018 by the World Health Organization and UNICEF, reports Al-Anba daily.
This is in addition to the great responsibility of the Kuwaiti leadership not only with regard to the maintenance of public health locally, but also in the development of its work in accordance with the surrounding circumstances through an integrated system of procedures followed by the ministry in this regard.
The Director of the Chemical Business Administration in the water operation and maintenance sector of the ministry of electricity and water Sarah Al-Mutairi, who is responsible for one of the departments directly concerned with the quality of fresh water in the country, confirmed that the ministry is constantly upgrading laboratories and improving the quality of the produced freshwater.
KUWAIT: All traffic departments in Kuwait’s six governorates are no longer authorized to renew driving licenses of holders of dependent visas (article 22), especially those issued after 2014. All such licenses should be sent to the interior ministry’s assistant undersecretary for traffic affairs, whose office will make sure that they were obtained according to the rules, which includes that the husband of the license holder meets all conditions, most importantly to be a general manager, assistant general manager, advisor or work in exempted professions that allows spouses to get a license. The source said all article 22 licenses issued with exemptions will be revoked by the assistant undersecretary’s office.
Source: Kuwait Times
KUWAIT: An informed source said an estimated 120,000 expats of both genders are in violation of the residency law in Kuwait. These include those who had valid residencies earlier and those who came to Kuwait on visit or work visas and violated the law. The source said security efforts are in progress to curb their numbers through inspection campaigns and other measures.
The source said the deportation department will not accept violators with expired article 18 residencies until three months have elapsed since their violations were entered in the interior ministry’s computer systems. As for article 20 residency holders (domestic helpers), the department will accept them days after they are reported missing, with the possibility that the sponsor can correct the helper’s situation. The source said the deportation department has deported 620 violators, including 18 women, in the past few days. He said the deportation department’s capacity is a maximum of 800 of both genders.
By A Saleh and Meshaal Al-Enezi
Source: Kuwait Times
KUWAIT CITY, April 28: The health sources have warned of the increase in ‘stealing’ medicines from the Ministry of Health and stressed on the need to take deterrent action in this regard, reports Al-Qabas daily.
The sources pointed out that the raid on one of the private pharmacy and a clinic is not the first of its kind where the inspectors found medicines sold in the clinic and the pharmacy belonged to the Ministry of Health. He added, the smuggling of medicines continues in defiance of the law.
The sources added that the smuggling of medicines of the Ministry of Health happens through the health centers and public hospitals which are sold by Asians in random markets or in private clinics.
The sources pointed out that the ministry has signed a memorandum of understanding with a non-profit institution to start activating the system of accurate tracking of medicines and medical supplies by ‘barcodes indicating that this system tracks medicines and medical supplies accurately from the moment medicines and medical supplies leave the manufacturer company to stores and pharmacies, until they reach the patient.
Sources said this service is expected to be implemented within a year from now, at the latest, whether in Kuwait or even in the Gulf countries, stressing that it will make a quantum leap in terms of control of the disbursement of medicines, and legalization of use.
Meanwhile, Assistant Undersecretary of the Ministry of Health for Food and Drug Control Dr Abdullah Al-Bader has announced the seizure of a pharmacy of a private clinic for selling medicines belonging to the ministry in violation of the law, regulations and ministerial decisions regulating the sale of medicines, reports Al-Rai daily.
Al-Bader said this happened after the committees of the Drug Inspection Department inspected one of the private medical clinics and the pharmacy and found large quantities of medicines belonging to the Ministry of Health and others not registered with the Ministry and allegedly smuggled from some neighboring and East Asian countries. He pointed out after the completion of the official investigation the case will be transferred to the Department of Legal Affairs of the Ministry of Health.
Source: Arab Times
KUWAIT CITY, April 27: Director General of Public Authority for Civil Information (PACI) Musaed Al-Asousi announced the launch of an online service that will allow expatriates to confirm and amend their names in English prior to the issuance of their Civil ID cards.
The service gives authority to the concerned employees of PACI to rectify spelling mistakes in the names of expatriates in English, which will expedite the process for the clients.
Al-Asousi revealed that discussions during a meeting held last week with Director General of Residency Affairs and Director General of Information Center at Ministry of Interior were concerning some technical issues related to cancellation of residency stickers on the passports of expatriates, and other related issues which are meant to avoid some data-entry mistakes and ease the procedure. He said the meeting agreed on installing electronic machine readers for passports at the immigration centers, especially since this service will reduce typing errors when it comes to names written in English.
Meanwhile, several expatriates who visited Farwaniya Residency Affairs Department said their suffering has increased when compared to the past despite the cancellation of the residency stickers on passports. They revealed that the congestion in this department has increased due to the less number of employees who are in charge of transactions related to residence permits.
They urged the concerned authorities to improve the conditions of this department in order to ease the procedures relating to residence permits and various types of visas, as well as seek assistance from the Capital Department which has less number of visitors. During an investigative interview, one of the visitors “Abu Jamal” expressed his frustration as it took him almost eight hours, starting from 6 am, to complete his transaction. He affirmed that the security and immigration officers are kind to the visitors, but the main problem is lack of sufficient number of officers to deal with the huge number of visitors, which results in piling up of transactions.
In addition, Umm Fathi said she had to return the next day because the immigration officer decided to deal only with residence permits that were to expire that day, adding that there was also lack of waiting areas for women, and insufficient seats for visitors. She indicated that the previous location of the residency department in Dhajeej area was better than the current location in Riggae.
Another visitor Hamid Subhi said the process of renewing residency has become more difficult than before, adding, “It is considered as a difficult day for an expatriate when he has to personally attend to such process”. He suggested having several locations where such transactions can be accomplished in order to reduce the suffering that expatriates endure especially in Farwaniya Governorate where the number of expatriates exceeds one million. As per official statistics issued by PACI as of December 2018, Farwaniya Governorate has 1,200,377 residents, comprising of 243,491 citizens and approximately 900,000 expatriates.
By Najeh Bilal Al-Seyassah Staff and Agencies
source: ARAB TIMES