Expatriate workers in Kuwait should be subject to medical checkups and blood tests to ensure health safety and security in the country, a Ministry of Health official said.
"Health security in the country is a red line. The Ministry of Health cannot give up its right to conduct medical checkups for incoming labourers," the ministry’s assistant undersecretary for public health Yousef Al-Nisf told Kuwait News Agency.
Dr Al-Nisf made the comments in response to local reports suggesting there had been violations of medical procedures for some expatriate workers, in particular those with Hepatitis C.
"What has been reported are just old documents that date back to previous years," he said.
The ministry is setting up panels comprising doctors and legal researchers to check the reliability of the medical procedures, he said.
People thinking of moving to Kuwait are strongly advised to arrange expatriate healthcare insurance before they arrive, the Telegraph reported.
All Kuwaiti residents have access to public healthcare but paramedics often work from poorly equipped ambulances, the newspaper said.
Private healthcare is of a high standard, the paper said, and expatriates "generally prefer to be covered by private insurance allowing for the use of private hospitals and clinics" where there are shorter waiting times.
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