Recently, police arrested two Asians for illegally practicing medicine in Jleeb Al-Shuyoukh. One of these men claimed to be a doctor, while the other pretended to be a pharmacist. I would assume that since a large number of residents in this area are mostly of limited income, many living illegally without residency and unemployed, it’s no surprise anyone can call himself a doctor there.
Do we have a problem with this area? The fact is that we have abandoned an area in Kuwait with no supervision or decent services, so when someone falls sick, he accepts the devil to treat him as long as he stops the pain, even if it’s only a toothache. This is the truth, I believe. If you were about to die of pain and have no money for medical treatment and of course no civil ID, would you care to check a person’s certificates? No you won’t. Let’s keep in mind that people with no legal documents can’t use public clinics in the area, because they have nothing to prove their legal residency in the country. It is too much of a risk for them.
They probably know that these men are not certified from a reputed medical school, but they have no choice. The worst thing is that these fake doctors had a third party that supplied them with medications. The suspects were arrested with a large quality of Ministry of Health medicines, and they confessed that a cleaner who works at a public hospital was their supplier. He stole these medicines and passed it to them. I would assume that he was making money out of it.
I believe the cleaner’s hands are no less dirty than these two fake medics, because he benefited from our carelessness and lack of supervision of an official department such as a pharmacy that belongs to the Ministry of Health. So he kept stealing the medicines and gave it to those crooks. The problem doesn’t end with arresting these three men and sending them to jail, as they may continue their quackery with prisoners too. A new gang can replace them, and it could only be a matter of time.
Jleeb Al-Shuyoukh needs a complete cleansing operation against those who hold no legal documents or jobs or legal residency to stay in Kuwait, whether men or women. They should be sent home for good. I know the Ministry of Interior occasionally arrests some people in this area and deports them, but this is not enough as long such crimes persist. Police crackdowns must be weekly if not daily, so that these crooks cannot rest. We have enough troubles already and we don’t need more.
By Muna Al-Fuzai