General Department for Residency Affairs has referred a recommendation to the concerned committee to enforce it upon expatriates intending to visit Kuwait, and all visitors are required to come along with medical fitness certificate attested by the Kuwaiti embassies in their respective countries, reports Al-Shahed daily.
The daily quoting a source added the department has gathered information that several expatriates visiting the country carry infectious diseases and the Infectious Diseases Hospital has recorded two cases of a male and a female suffering from deadly infectious diseases.
He assured the committee formed by Assistant Undersecretary for Citizenship and Travel Documents has been considering several recommendations, which include the one at hand. He also said the department will deliberate on the recommendation in the course of the month before it is circulated to all land, sea and air borders for implementation.
In other news, Ministry of Health Undersecretary Dr Khalid Al-Sahalawi said the prices of medicines will be unified in all GCC countries before this year ends, reports Al-Jarida daily. He said in a press statement to the daily that the hike in the prices of medicines in GCC countries is attributed to the high insurance cost and certain circumstances in the region. He added a Gulf meeting was held last month in Manama in the presence of officials of Medicine Sector in GCC countries and they agreed on unifying the prices of 2,850 medicines.
With reference to the criteria for unifying the prices of medicines in GCC countries, the undersecretary explained the concerned Gulf team will consider the lowest price of a medicine and apply it in all GCC states. He also stressed the importance of the role played by the Interior Ministry, Ministry of Information, General Customs Department and civil society organizations in discovering fake medicines. He added the second phase of the quality and accreditation program will be implemented in health centers and Medical Emergency Department to provide the public with services on par with international standards.
He revealed the first phase included the assessment of 14 hospitals that applied the criteria of the national program for accreditation, indicating these hospitals were assessed by local auditors in cooperation with Canada Accreditation Authority. He further emphasized that the application of such a program greatly improved the performance of medical facilities and the quality of services offered to the public.