Saturday, April 07, 2012

Bedouns To Get Free Medical And Consultation Services Q8

The Mini-stry of Health (MoH) is preparing to offer medical and consultation services free of charge to Bedouns, Al-Dar daily quoted Assistant Underse-cretary for Financial Affairs Mohammad Al-Azmi as saying.

The decision was taken during a meeting with the Chairman of Central System for Remedying the Status of Illegal Residents (CSRSIR) Saleh Al-Fadhalah, he said, adding the ministry is waiting for the Cabinet’s approval to implement it. 

Al-Shahed daily, meanwhile, reported that the ministry is studying the possibility of employing Bedouns as security guards at all its facilities. 

Sources say a proposal to this effect will be submitted to Minister Dr Hilal Al-Sayer and added that it will help in solving the problem of attacks on doctors and nurses in various hospitals and health centers. 
Furthermore, Underse-cretary Dr Ibrahim Al-Abdulhadi issued a decision appointing Dr Mohammad Abu Khatwa as member of the Farwaniya’s Health Promotion Committee and Abdullah Haider as chairman of the committee. Abu Khatwa will replace Dr Ghalia Al-Mutairi.

As efforts are being exerted to grant civil rights to Bedouns, several discussions were held to discuss educational issues of children belonging to this category, reports Al-Watan Arabic daily.

According to a source in the educational sector, officials of the Ministry of Education and the Central System for Remedying the Status of Illegal Residents (CSRSIR) held several meetings to discuss how granting birth certificates to Bedouns will affect the school registration process. The source added that the nationality field in the certificate will bear Non-Kuwaiti for Bedouns. The source said the ministry will assign Bedoun children to private schools and pay school fees for every Bedoun family regardless of the number of children. Textbook fees will be paid through the Needy Students Education Charity and military personnel fund.

The source further revealed the ministry will accept Bedouns who hold birth certificates in private schools only, even if their mothers are Kuwaitis. He said any Bedoun family that rectifies its status by obtaining a new nationality will still benefit and will be exempted from school fees, adding that this comes as an incentive for those who rectify their nationality situation. These measures will be applied next academic year.

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