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”ICU at Contagious Diseases Hospital isolated”

From today’s “” Al Watan:

KUWAIT: The Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at the Hospital of Contagious Diseases is completely isolated from the other wards in line with international regulations pertaining to this matter, said the hospital”s director Dr. Jamal AlـDuaij on Wednesday.

In a statement to Kuwait News Agency (KUNA), the director refuted local newspaper reports claiming that the ICU did not fall within the international standards, describing these claims as “baseless.”

He also said that patients that had been transferred to AlـRashed Allergies” Center were ones whose condition had stabilized, and this transfer was not because of shortage in bed space in the hospital”s ICU. ـKUNA

I get nervous when I see denials that use language like “these claims are baseless.”

March 5, 2009 Posted by | Health Issues, Hygiene, Kuwait, Living Conditions | Leave a comment

Compulsory premarital tests

From today’s Kuwait Times

KUWAIT: The Ministry of Health is preparing a draft law to make premarital blood tests compulsory for Kuwaiti citizens. It plans to refer the draft law to the Cabinet’s Fatwa and Legislative Department, which will then review it and suggest necessary amendments, reported Al-Rai. An official said that the committee would follow the standard procedure before referring it to Dr Ibraheem Al-Abdalhadi, the Ministry of Health’s Undersecretary, who in turn will refer it to the Minister of Health Roudhan Al-Roudhan. It will adopt the law immediately after different aspects of the law are approved by the department.

Does not clarify what the pre-marital tests will test for. I assume HIV/Aids, STDs . . . but will it also test genetic incompatibility?

March 5, 2009 Posted by | Bureaucracy, Kuwait, Marriage, News | 4 Comments

Glorious March Sunrise

It is a perfect day outside, not a cloud in the sky, and the temperature is 50°F / 10°C. It is expected to get warm today, but not yet truly hot. Today is a great day to be outside, my friends. Meet you at the local sidewalk cafe!

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March 5, 2009 Posted by | ExPat Life, Kuwait, Living Conditions, sunrise series, Weather | 5 Comments