KUWAIT: The Ministry of Health (MOH) obtained monitoring bodies’ approval to extend the contracts of some expats working at Sabah, Farwaniya and Jahra medical zones for varied periods at a total cost of KD 2.6 million, well-informed ministry sources said. The sources explained that the contracts of medical services employees in Sabah zone were extended for nine months effective Jan 5, 2019 at a total cost of KD 1.9 million. The sources added that the contracts of a similar group of technical staff members in Farwaniya and Jahra medical areas were extended for three months effective Feb 5, 2019 at a total cost of KD 757,000.

In another health concern, MOH’s assistant undersecretary for legal affairs Mohammed Dowaihi Al-Subaei said that the ministry issued 52,725 birth certificates in 2018 including 30,954 for citizens and 21,771 for expats, in addition to 3,933 death certificates for citizens and expats. Subaei added that birth rates slightly decreased in 2018 compared to 2017, when total births were 60,022. He also noted that MOH issued 1,650 birth certificates and 134 death certificates to stateless people in 2018. He added that due to the fact that the maternity hospital at Sabah medical zone witnesses around 40 percent of births in Kuwait, a new birth and death center will open there soon.

Murder suspects sentenced

The court of cassation annulled a death sentence and sentenced two suspects to 10 years in jail over charges of killing a citizen in a shopping mall in Hawally. Notably, a fight had started between two citizens and a group of five including the two suspects, when the first suspect stabbed one of the citizens in the chest, killing him instantly, while the second suspect stabbed the other citizen in the shoulder, injuring him.

By A Saleh