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Kuwait’s Egyptian community dropped to 643,977: Minister

KUWAIT: Education Minister Humoud Al-Azmi, Public Works Minister Jenan Bushehri and other officials tour Kuwait University’s Shadadiya campus yesterday. – KUNA photo

KUWAIT: The Public Authority for Manpower issued 62,191 work permits to bring in Egyptian workers during 2018, contrary to the exaggerated numbers mentioned by local media, the Central Statistical Bureau said yesterday. The department added that 23,883 permits were cancelled in 2018. The department said 577 Egyptian workers were appointed in the public sector during 2018, most of whom in the medical, educational and legal professions.

Meanwhile, the bureau said that the total number of Egyptian workers in the government sector reached 40,897 by the end of 2018, 26,545 of whom are male and 14,352 female, while the total number of Egyptian workers in the private sector is 451,960. The department said the Egyptian community in Kuwait dropped by 26,551 people to reach a total of 643,977.

University tour

In other news, Minister of Education Humoud Al-Azmi and Public Works Minister and State Minister for Housing Affairs Jenan Bushehri toured Kuwait University’s Shadadiya campus yesterday to inspect the roads leading to the campus and check the latest preparations for the six college buildings that were included in the moving and operation plan for the 2019-2020 academic year. KU Rector Dr Hussein Al-Ansari, Secretary General Dr Muthanna Al-Rifae and Director of the Construction Program Dr Qutaiba Rezouqi were on hand. The tour included field visits to the colleges of Literature, Education, Administrative Science, Life Science, Engineering, Petroleum and Science, which will be moved according to the approval of KU higher council.

In the meantime, Head of the Education Faculty Department Dr Ibrahim Al-Humoud said care of disabled university students is a responsibility for Kuwait University, as it is not acceptable to seek the help of a secretary to help a disabled student, such as writing for them if they are visually impaired or handicapped, as the secretary is not specialized for such interventions. It is also not realistic for the disabled student to be accompanied by their mother to meet their needs – rather such services are among the requirements of quality education, which commits the university to provide them free of charge.

Meanwhile, Humoud said the KU administration has decided to move several colleges to Shadadiya, but does not allow any faculty members to enter the campus except through complicated procedures and accompanied by a worker to prevent photographing roads and adjacent areas, as it has been noticed that the KU administration is bragging about buildings only because the surroundings are not ready. He said teaching faculty members have not received keys to their offices in Shadadiya two weeks before the university starts.

Electronic sale

Separately, Secretary General of Kuwait Pharmaceutical Society Ali Hadi asked the health ministry to set rules to organize the electronic sale of drugs, food supplements and cosmetics, in addition to mechanisms organizing means of delivering medicines to users under certain conditions. Hadi said current laws do not allow the sale of medicines except at licensed pharmacies, and sale through websites without prescription is a violation of the pharmaceutical profession and its regulatory laws. Hadi said offering and marketing medicine online without permission by the health ministry is a flagrant violation of health ministry decisions that regulate means of promotion and advertisement about pharmaceuticals, which calls for punishments according to health ministry rules.

By Meshaal Al-Enezi

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