Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Help during Ramadan in Q8

The Mosques Sector of the Ministry of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs has set up an emergency room to receive complaints and queries of worshippers and mosque-goers during the holy month of Ramadan.

Assistant Undersecretary for Mosques Affairs Waleed Al-Shuaib said in a statement Tuesday this room would provide a "noble service" for worshippers to facilitate performance of rituals.

The emergency room, he said, would start receiving complaints and queries of people over two shifts, morning from 9:00-16:00 and night after the Ishaa Prayer until 23:00 hours.

Al-Shuaib said there would be emergency teams in the departments of mosques in Kuwait's six governorates to immediately deal with any complaint.

The emergency rooms could be reached through the Mosques Sector's website.

The Ministry of Health, meanwhile, also announces preparation of mobile clinics for men and women, as well as provision of seven ambulances at State's Grand Mosque for the last 10 days of Ramadan.

Assistant Undersecretary for Technical Affairs Dr. Khaled Al-Sahwali told KUNA the clinics would be supplied with necessary equipment.

The Grand Mosque is expected to receive around 50,000 worshippers everyday during the last 10 days of Ramadan, with the number growing every passing night.

The ministries of Awqaf and Health are exerting efforts to facilitate the performance of rituals for worshippers. The ministry of interior, however, is working at another front to tackle beggars during Ramadan.

Ministry of Interior Spokesman Brigadier Mohammad Al-Sabr said begging was an "uncivilized phenomenon which negatively affects the society, and this requires that it is being monitored and eliminated." He said in a statement some expatriates were using Ramadan and other religious days to beg and get money illegaly.

The Ministry of Interior is coordinating with related authorities to launching a campaign against begging to ultimately eliminate it, he said.

Al-Sabr called on citizens and expatriates to call emergency number (112) to report beggers.

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