2021-05-08 03:30:00 06:29:00

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KUWAIT CITY, May 1: The consumption of Larica pills is crime and punishable by law unless it has been prescribed by the medical doctor. A security source told the daily, the Ministry of Health has issued a decision to include Larica pills among the psychotropic substances, and therefore anyone caught in possession of these pills would be referred to Prosecution.

According to a security source, some youth groups of both sexes tend to use these pills frequently and their use has been widespread, which prompted the Ministry of Interior to address the Ministry of Health to include Larica as a psychotropic substance so that the use of Larica can be controlled since the drug falls in the category of narcotic pills. The source indicated that these pills, due to their misuse, have become a threat to young men and women, because it affects the ‘mood’. However, these pills pose a danger to them and their health, due to their misuse and without prescriptions for their use.

By Munif Nayef Al-Seyassah Staff

Source: Arab Times

KUWAIT CITY, May 1: With the acceleration of the coronavirus vaccination campaign in the country, the number of vaccinated individuals is expected to increase to two million by the end of June or early July at the latest, reports Al-Rai daily quoting reliable sources. While affirming that the country will continue monitoring the vaccination rate daily, sources revealed the Pfizer vaccine shipments arrive weekly and the third shipment of Oxford vaccine is expected to arrive next month. Sources also confirmed the completion of a study on extending the interval between the first and second doses according to the latest research and global recommendations in this regard.

The specified interval in Kuwait is 21 days for Pfizer vaccine and three months for Oxford vaccine. The interval is not fixed or the same in all countries, sources explained. In a related development, sources said the Ministry of Health has obtained approval for booster vaccine requests from the regulatory authorities, including the request for two million doses of Pfizer vaccine, while the request for Moderna vaccine is still under study.


The Ministry of Health is racing against time to raise the rates of vaccination in ministries, government institutions and various commercial markets. To this end, the Ministry of Health has vaccinated about 1,500 media men and employees of local Kuwaiti newspapers recently, while it is currently continuing its efforts to vaccinate workers in various government departments to raise the employee attendance rates.

Well-informed health sources confirmed to Al-Seyassah daily that the efforts of the Ministry of Health this week paid dividends in terms of vaccinating a large number of people – about 100,000 during the past five days, with an average of 20,000 daily, distributed among all vaccination centers, hospital units and centers in health areas, albeit the biggest share is attributed to the main vaccination center in Mishref which has vaccinated more than 70 percent of all the vaccinated people. Health sources said Kuwait has succeeded in vaccinating about 1,165,000 people so far, at 27.25 percent of the population, which is an acceptable rate in light of the shortage of vaccines, which is a problem that many countries around the world suffer from.

For his part, the Chairman of the Supreme Committee for Vaccination against Covid 19 Dr. Khaled Al-Jarallah, spoke of the ministry’s efforts to raise the rate of immunization in government departments. Al-Jarallah said on his Twitter account that the national vaccination campaign aims to speed up work to raise the employees attendance in government departments to achieve community immunity, stressing that effective vaccines, dosing stages, distribution of vaccination sites and stability of supply will increase the frequency of vaccination and the stages of returning to normal life. Al-Jarallah warned that laxity in adhering to preventive precautions prolongs the duration of the crisis and its repercussions.


He highlighted the importance of immunization in preventing the spread of infection, as it is the way to return to openness and curb epidemic waves, noting that a recent study conducted by the British Public Health confirmed that receiving only one dose of the Pfizer or Oxford vaccine works to reduce contact infection by nearly half. He pointed out that the results of these studies, in addition to previous indications of the effectiveness of vaccination in reducing the rate of disease injuries, clinical work and deaths, all confirm the importance of vaccination and community immunization against Covid-19.

A member of the Supreme Committee for Vaccination, Dr. Khaled Al-Saeed said the country’s infrastructure can vaccinate a million people within one month only, provided that adequate vaccines are available, stressing that the Ministry of Health has the privileges and medical and technical competencies that can cross the mark if vaccines are available. Al-Saeed pointed out in his Twitter account that the Ministry of Health has contracted millions of doses to reach the required societal immunity, but the supply is limited at present, and this may explain the inability of private medical institutions to supply vaccines so far due to the difficulty of providing them worldwide. He pointed out that many countries were affected by the lack of supplies of vaccines, and the European Union even filed a lawsuit against AstraZeneca due to the delay in supplying the vaccine.

Meanwhile, the Undersecretary of the Ministry of Health, Dr. Mustafa Reda, has restored the work of the specialized medical committees in public hospitals and specialized centers. Dr Rida was circulated to the directors of health districts, hospitals, the administration of treatment abroad and heads of medical departments to return these committees according to the controls established in their regard and specified in Ministerial Resolution No. 169 of 2019 regarding the regulation of treatment abroad, based on the Ministry’s keenness to regulate the workflow. The Ministry of Health is considering the possibility of administering the COVID-19 vaccine to pregnant women in the coming weeks, reports Aljarida daily quoting informed sources from the health sector. They explained that this move comes in the wake of medical studies and research that have proven the safety of the vaccine for pregnant and lactating women. A study was conducted on about 36,000 pregnant women in the United States who received the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, No problems related to health safety were observed.

By Marwa Al-Bahrawi Al-Seyassah Staff and Agencies

Source: Arab Times

KUWAIT CITY, April 27: The Ministry of Commerce and Industry has succeeded in solving the egg crisis by allowing the import of this product from several countries with the support of importers, reports Al-Rai daily. The country experienced the crisis when the Public Authority for Agricultural Affairs and Fish Resources (PAAAFR) decided to dispose 2.5 million egg-laying hens last month as they were found to be infected with bird flu. This deprived the local market of 7,500 cartons of eggs per day; while the average daily consumption is 2.7 million eggs.


According to the daily, the current price of eggs imported from Jordan and Turkey is KD 1.200 per tray as per the decision of the ministry. Azizi, a vendor, confirmed that the eggs imported from Jordan and Turkey are large and all imported eggs available in the local market are fresh. He affirmed the ministry is closely monitoring prices; while importers are covering the local market’s need for eggs, especially during the holy month of Ramadan.

It has been reported as well that Kuwaiti eggs are available, but the supply is minimal – about 309 cartons daily from a local company, which was not affected by the disposal of a large number of hens as it is located in Shagaya – far from the Abdally and Wafra where the bird flu cases were discovered.

Source: Kuwait Times

KUWAIT CITY, April 27: The Civil Service Commission (CSC) has identified the needs of the current labor market among people who hold the Bachelor’s degree. These specializations currently needed by the labor market are Medicine and Surgery, Nursing, Pharmacy, Physiotherapy, Dental Surgery, Human medicine, Allied medical sciences, Veterinary medicine, Speech and hearing, Radiology, Medical laboratories, Psychology, Sociology, Arts/English, Computer Science, Chemistry sciences, Computer engineering, Physical sciences, Biology, Applied statistics, Mathematics sciences and Cybersecurity He said the following specializations are not needed currently by the labor market – Jurisprudence and its foundations, Political sciences, Comparative and legal jurisprudence, Electrical and electronic engineering, Petroleum engineering, Industrial and systems engineering, Electrical engineering, Chemical engineering and Mechanical Engineering.

By Fares Al-Abdan Al-Seyassah Staff and Agencies

Source: Arab Times

KUWAIT CITY, April 27: All Gulf Cooperation Council countries except Kuwait allow the entry of expatriates with valid residency, as well as those with entry visas, in accordance with the health and safety measures aimed to contain the spread of the COVID-19 virus, reports Al- Qabas daily. These GCC countries have announced various health precautionary measures to curb and contain the spread of this pandemic. They restricted aviation operations on some countries and even banned direct incoming flights. Despite these measures, they did not prevent the entry of expatriates. Instead, those coming from banned countries were obliged to undergo quarantine in third-party countries for 14 days before heading towards their final destination.


On February 7, 2021, Kuwait’s Cabinet issued a decision to ban entry for non-Kuwaitis for a period of two weeks. The decision is still in effect and will continue until further notice. In September 2020, the Saudi authorities announced a number of exceptions, including allowing citizens of the Gulf countries to enter and exit the country. They also allowed entry for non-Saudis who obtained permits for exit, return, work, and residence or visit visas but in accordance with the preventive health controls and procedures.

Even though they extended the travel ban until May of this year, these exceptions are still in effect. In August 2020, the UAE allowed the return of residents without submitting a prior approval request. It also allowed those with visas to enter its territories. At the beginning of August 2020, Qatar allowed residents outside Qatar to return after submitting an application for an exceptional entry permit. In addition to that, residents who are in Qatar and wishing to travel and return can obtain an exceptional entry permit automatically.


For expatriate workers in the handicraft and manual work sectors, employers in the public and private sectors can submit an application for exceptional entry permits for their resident employees. In the Sultanate of Oman, the latest update on travel to the Sultanate was announced in April, which was to allow entry for Omanis, valid residents and those with visas issued before April 5. Since last September, Bahrain announced that it would allow residents of the Gulf countries to enter its territories, as well as holders of electronic visas or those entitled to obtain a visa upon arrival to Bahrain, but with the need to follow all health controls and requirements.

Source: Arab Times

KUWAIT CITY, April 21: The field inspection teams formed by the Ministry of Social Affairs to monitor and remove violations in the 18th project for collection of donations during the month of Ramadan have discovered a large group of “stalls” for the illegal collection of used clothes in various parts of the country, reports Aljarida daily. According to informed sources, coordination between officials from the Ministry of Social Affairs and the Kuwait Municipality in the Committee for Follow-up of Field Activity for Charitable Work helped in identification and removal of these stalls, as they are in violation of resolution No. 190/2008, which prohibits any facility in public areas or on sidewalks. The problem of “stalls” has been plaguing the ministry for years, but it has increased significantly over the past two years. This prompted the ministry to form two teams this Ramadan to carry out field inspections and remove the violating stalls immediately with the cooperation of Kuwait Municipality.

Despite the ministry’s strenuous efforts to tighten the state’s grip on fundraising operations and enhance the monitoring and follow-up on all charitable agencies, especially during the month of Ramadan, such stalls for in kind collection and the collection of used clothes remain the most widely observed and widespread violation since the beginning of the holy month.

Sourece Arab Times


KUWAIT CITY, April 21: The Assistant Undersecretary of the Ministry of Education for Administrative Affairs and Development, Rajaa Bouarki, announced the training plan for the gradual safe return of all workers in the secondary stage, religious education and special education, and for Grade 12 students in scientific and literary disciplines and their parents, in cooperation with the Ministry of Health through the ‘Darabni platform’ which is introduced in cooperation with the Technosoft team ‘2020-2021’.

The Assistant Undersecretary of the Ministry of Education for Administrative Affairs and Development, Rajaa Bouarki

Bouarki said in a statement the training plan includes the first phase, which began on April 19 and continues until April 26, through which three members of the rapid intervention team for each secondary school, religious education and special education will be qualified for training. She added the second phase until May 2, during which all workers in secondary schools from the educational and administrative staff will be qualified, provided that the timing of the training before the start of the school day is from 9 am to 11 am or after the completion of the school day from 2 pm to 4 pm.

The supervisor of the implementation of the training plan in each school will be the school departments, the Department of Educational Affairs, the specialized team from the Ministry of Health and the Technosoft team. She went on to say the third phase of the plan extends from May 3 to 6, through which the rapid intervention team for Grade 12 students will be trained to adhere to the health requirements for a safe gradual return to secondary schools, and the supervisor of the training shall be the school administrations. Bouarki explained the fourth phase is from May 9 to 11 and includes holding awareness seminars for parents of Grade 12 students and introducing them to the most important health requirements.

By Abdulrahman Al-Shimmari Al-Seyassah Staff
Source: Arab Times

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