Health rules attract the ire of MPs
KUWAIT CITY, February 20: MP Saadoun Hammad praised the decision by the health authorities to exclude Kuwaiti patients, students and minors as well as doctors and diplomats from institutional quarantine. Hammad urged the interim Minister of Health, Dr. Basel Al-Sabah to include the companions of Kuwaiti patients in the excluded categories and to quarantine them for 14 days after a PCR test.
In another development, MP Ahmad Al-Hamad forwarded inquiries to Interim Finance Minister Khalifa Hamada about the estimated value of government real estate and rental fees based on current market prices. He wants to know the rent for government real estate compared to current market prices. He proposed creating more residential areas that would allow real estate developers to participate in public tenders and offer alternative housing services that meet the needs of citizens and the number of family members.
MP Muhannad Al-Sayer also asked the interim finance minister about the budget for preparing institutional quarantine centers, how much has been spent so far and the reasons for removing some quarantine centers, even if the coronavirus has not yet ended. On the other hand, MP Osama Al-Shaheen pointed out that it was not acceptable to compensate hotels for their losses through citizens’ pockets.
MP Abdulkareem Al-Kandari said the government had continued to make disruptive decisions. citing the decision to impose an institutional quarantine and oblige citizens to pay the cost of this type of quarantine after a year of introducing home quarantine and after spending a lot of money on smart bracelets and the Shlonik platform, too carry.
MP Hamdan Al-Azmi claimed that no one, not even the Interior Minister, had the right to prevent a citizen from entering under the pretext that he had not booked a hotel for institutional quarantine. He urged the government to respect the constitution if it wants citizens to be respected. MP Khalid Al-Otaibi said the government is now reaping the rewards of mismanagement of the crisis, stressing that preventing citizens from entering the country is in violation of the Constitution.
He asked, “Where are the quarantine centers that cost millions of Kuwaiti dinars?” MEP Musaed Al-Ardi quoted Article 15 of the Constitution, which states: “The state takes care of public health through measures to prevent and cure diseases and epidemics.” He added that Article 28 states that “no Kuwait may be deported or prevented from returning from Kuwait.” He claimed that it was not strange for the Home Secretary to break the Constitution as he was part of the government that usually commits such a violation and evades responsibility.
MP Farz Al-Daihani said the interior ministry could not prevent citizens from entering any of Kuwait’s borders even after enforcing recent institutional quarantine decisions. He stressed that the power of the constitution is stronger than such disruptive decisions.
The deputy Dr. Saleh Zeiab Al-Mutairi claimed the government was keen to please big business people, including hotel owners. He added that citizens should not be forced to pay the cost of institutional quarantine, especially as the government spent millions of Kuwaiti dinars on setting up quarantine centers.
By Saeed Mahmoud Saleh Arab Times staff