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KUWAIT: President of the Kuwait Society for Organ Transplantation and Head of the Organ Provision Unit at the Hamed Al-Essa Center for Organ Transplantation Dr. Mustafa Al-Mousawi stated that the number of organ donation card holders is currently 17,000, reports Aljarida daily. In a press statement, Dr. Al-Mousawi said the “Save a Life” campaign will be organized in February to increase the number of card holders by double, save patients suffering from organ failure, and register for organ donation cards. He said he hopes the campaign would contribute to spreading the culture of donation, through the participation of activists and influencers on social media.
Dr. Al-Mousawi revealed that an increase in the number of kidney transplants from brain-dead donors was witnessed in 2022 for the first time since the establishment of the organ transplantation program in Kuwait, as compared to living donors at the Hamed Al-Issa Center for Organ Transplantation. He explained that the center performs about 100 kidney transplants in Kuwait annually.
In the past, 30 percent of the organs came from dead individuals and 70 percent from those living. During recent years, the kidneys taken from the deceased have increased to reach 40 percent, then to 50 percent, and for the first time last year, the number grew to 51 percent of dead donors and 49 percent of those who are alive.
About 80 organs were removed from 32 brain-dead donors last year at the Hamed Al-Issa Center for Organ Transplantation, including 62 kidneys, 15 livers, one pancreas, a heart and a lung. Dr. Al-Mousawi said, “What is new in the kidney transplant program is the increase in the number of transplant operations for patients who suffer from obesity and overweight, in addition to the use of more than one artery when transplanting.”

KUWAIT: The Ministry of the Interior intends to grant foreign investors, regardless of their nationalities, as well as investment entities, privileges regarding their residency, workers and family members in Kuwait, reports Al-Anba daily. According to a decision that is being studied in preparation to be issued, the investor will be granted a multiple entry visa for a period of 6 months to finalize the procedures for licensing his investment entity.
The investor and employees of investment entities are also granted regular residence for a period of 5 years, renewable from the date of issuance of the license, with the possibility of staying outside Kuwait for managers of investment entities for a period exceeding 6 months without obtaining permission for absence.
The decision, which is to be issued soon, includes allowing an entry visa for a commercial visit for those who are used by investment entities from specialized technical workers, and excluding them from the condition of obtaining a university degree, unless he is permitted temporary residence in accordance with Article 11 of Amiri Decree 17/1959 or converting the visit into a family residence.
According to the decision, investors and workers in investment entities who have regular residency will be allowed to obtain an entry visa to join a family, as well as allowing investment entities to apply for an entry visa for several trips not exceeding one year and allowing its bearer to repeatedly enter the country through that visa without being restricted to a period of stay inside the country from the date of entry.
Moreover, investment entities will also be allowed to apply for entry visas for nationalities that are prohibited from entering, after conducting an audit and obtaining security permission from the competent authority in accordance with the established rules and principles.

KUWAIT: The number of people registered on the electronic Hajj platform for this year reached 5,000 in just first 3 hours after its launch, reports Al-Qabas daily quoting sources at the Ministry of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs. The sources pointed to the remarkable demand for registration given the new steps and decisions taken with regards to the Hajj season which promises the lowest prices and the best services.
The sources noted in case the registration is accepted on the platform, those who have applied will receive messages with complete details including the names of caravans, the services offered and the cost and the option will be for the registrants to chose what suits them best. Registration on the platform closes on February 28.

KUWAIT: The Public Authority for Civil Information stopped the home delivery service of civil cards as the contract with the specialized company was not renewed. The last request for renewal of the contract was submitted to the State Audit Bureau on July 28, 2021.
PACI earns 650 fils from the Civil ID card holders while remaining amount goes to the delivery company, reports Al Qabas. The Audit Bureau report revealed that the company continued to provide its services during 2022, despite the end of the contract in July 2021. The authority stopped the service this month.
The Public Authority for Civil Information is expediting the issuance of cards for domestic workers, citizens, and expats working in government ministries. The delay in issuing Civil ID cards for private company workers, dependent residence delay may continue for months. Already the complaints from Kuwaitis and expats have increased due to the delay in obtaining civil cards.

KUWAIT: Chairman of Kuwaiti Fishermen Union Dhaher Al-Suwayan has appealed to Interior Minister Sheikh Talal Al-Khaled to issue visas for expatriate workers in the fishing sector due to the lack of such workers in the local labor sector, reports Al-Rai daily.
He pointed out that the country needs such workers, as many of them left the country and do not want to return. He stressed the need to approve the visa applications of those who were granted a fishing license in order to fulfill their national obligation to ensure ample supply of fish and other types of seafood in the country.

KUWAIT: The Kuwaiti Meteorological Department said the country expects light rainfall Monday and will gradually increase on Tuesday, peaking in the afternoon and continue until Wednesday morning, reports Al- Rai daily. Amira Al-Azmi, Head of the Department of Navigational Forecasting Department, told Kuwait News Agency today, that the country is expected to be affected by rainfall as a result of the extension of a surface depression accompanied by a moist air mass that coincides with the presence of an atmospheric depression in the upper layers of the atmosphere that leads to the multiplication of low and medium clouds accompanied by thunderstorms and a decrease in temperature and horizontal visibility in some areas. She added that the chance of light rain begins on Monday, with light to moderate southeasterly winds that will gradually activate, especially in the coastal areas, with waves rising at night to more than 6 feet.
Al-Azmi expected that the chances of rain will gradually increase from Tuesday, as it will peak from afternoon until Wednesday morning, and it will be moderate in its entirety, with active to strong winds, with a speed of more than 70 kilometers per hour, leading to turbulent waves, as they reach a height of 8 feet. She indicated that the maximum temperatures are expected to record a noticeable increase on Monday and Tuesday, between 24 and 27 degrees Celsius, and to decrease again on Wednesday.

KUWAIT: The parliamentary Education, Culture and Guidance Affairs Committee on Sunday discussed the cheating in exams issue with the acting undersecretary and assistant undersecretaries at the Ministry of Education. Committee Chairman MP Hamad Al- Matar urged His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Ahmad Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah to dismiss senior ministry officials who were appointed as per the decrees he issued earlier.
He said they deliberated on the widespread cheating in exams; indicating the senior officials who represented the ministry provided short, flawed and inaccurate answers to the queries of the committee. He said these officials neither provided a vision on solving the issue nor responded to the questions. He added the acting undersecretary informed the committee that the ministry called its Interior counterpart after the cheating issue went viral on social media, wondering why the senior officials took action only after the spread of such news on social media. He believes this is a clear manifestation that the ministry was not aware of the problem, stressing the need to dismiss the senior officials immediately or within a week at the latest.
He pointed out that governments in some countries resigned because of a train accident, while cheating in exams in Kuwait has become a part of culture. He said the number of cheating cases among students has reached 40,000 and their parents or guardians tolerated such behavior.
He warned that the issue is destroying society; indicating one student asked the proctor to allow him to cheat and when the latter refused, the student argued: “Everyone is cheating, why I am not allowed to do the same?” He revealed that he decided to leave the meeting even before it ended due to the failure of the ministry’s representatives to give satisfactory responses to the queries of the committee. “While the senior officials at the ministry did not reply to the questions adequately, I received the plans of teachers to address the issue,” he stated.
He submitted a request signed by 10 lawmakers to hold a special session to discuss the issue in the first week of February, affirming the committee will complete its review of MP Abdulkareem Al- Kandari’s report about education prior to the special session. He affirmed that corruption in education is on top of the list of urgent issues; hence, the need for the interim government to attend the special session.
Meanwhile, MP Fares Al-Otaibi asked Minister of Education, Higher Education and Research Ahmad Abdulwahab Al-Adwani to provide him with the following: job descriptions of the directors of the educational district, special education, coordination and monitoring departments; amendments to these job descriptions since 2012 till date; advertisement for the recruitment of these directors since 2012 till date; and curriculum vitae of those who occupied such positions since 2012 till date. MP Hamdan Al-Azmi forwarded queries to all ministers on the strategies for hazard management and restoring digital data in case they are lost, hacked or leaked by servers; criteria in classifying confidential digital data; number of smart phone applications and websites in ministries and their subsidiaries; departments tasked to operate, update and maintain these applications and websites; and companies that signed contracts with ministries for the switch to digital systems.
In addition, Assembly Speaker Ahmad Al-Saadoun recently met with Omani Ambassador to Kuwait Saleh bin Amer Al-Khurousi and a delegation from the Omani National Defense College headed by Dr Ahmed bin Salem Ba Omar. Vice Chairman of the Omani Diplomatic Mission Counselor Shehab bin Salem Al- Rawas attended the meeting. By Saeed Mahmoud Saleh Arab Times Staff Source: Arab times

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