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Kuwait’s COVID-19 response remains robust within international standards

Kuwait: The coronavirus (COVID19) pandemic has had a major impact on the international community, causing several countries to impose strict health measures in an attempt to stem the spread of the virus.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has designated COVID-19 as a 2020 pandemic and has called on governments around the world to take measures such as lockdowns to slow the spread.

The State of Kuwait has imposed lockdowns and implemented measures in accordance with guidelines set by WHO and the National Emergency Committee to monitor COVID-19.

On February 27, 2020, Kuwaiti authorities began medical screenings of people returning to Kuwait and imposed quarantines to ensure passengers were free of the virus.

Kuwait imposed a partial lockdown from 5pm to 4am on March 22, 2020 due to the global spread of the infection.

Kuwaiti authorities had to extend the lockdown and impose a full curfew from 10 to 30 May of the same year to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

In April 2020, the hotel and Jaber Al Ahmad Sports Stadium were converted into a quarantine facility, expanding wards in Kuwaiti hospitals and other facilities to help combat COVID-19.

On December 24, 2020, Kuwait launched its first nationwide COVID-19 vaccination campaign.

The Kuwaiti state has dealt with the pandemic with high professionalism and solemn effort thanks to its strategic medical stockpile, said Dr Abdullah Al Bader, Assistant Secretary for Medicine and Food Oversight at the Ministry of Health.

Dr Al-Bader added that Kuwaiti authorities are closely monitoring the global situation and the country is ensuring the necessary stockpiles to meet this unprecedented challenge.

In May 2020, the Kuwaiti state contacted major pharmaceutical companies in the US, UK and China to ensure Kuwaiti people had the opportunity to be vaccinated, he added.

Dr Al-Bader confirmed Kuwait’s success in curbing the spread of the coronavirus and expressed confidence that state officials were able to combat the surge in cases of the virus.

Dr Hashem Al-Hashemi, head of the Health Ministry’s COVID-19 team, said Kuwait is taking necessary measures to protect its people and residents, with 31,000 Kuwaitis stranded during the pandemic. 185 flights abroad from 58 countries noted that the state first repatriated.

He said all social gatherings and public spaces were off-limits during the lockdown, adding that restaurants and leisure venues were closed and scheduled flights were suspended for 14 days in accordance with the state’s emergency plan.

Al-Hashemi also noted that the Ministry of Information has launched a site to refute all rumors circulating during the pandemic.

State efforts also included the launch of the Shulonik (How are you?) application to bring back and identify Kuwaitis from abroad, he said.

Kuwait has taken its own measures, but has also reached out during the pandemic, providing WHO with US$40 million to help donate medical supplies to several countries.

Meanwhile, Dr. Mohammad Al-Suaydan, Director General of Public Health at the Ministry of Health, pointed out that social media and the internet have played a role in the spread of information and misinformation during the pandemic.

Dr Al-Suaydan added that rumors and deceptions are very dangerous in these difficult times, adding that the Kuwaiti state is committed to countering fake news and strengthening scientifically proven data. I affirmed that I was.

The so-called “information pandemic” responds to documented facts to prevent people from being misunderstood, he said, adding that regular media such as television and radio have also helped combat false information. repeated.

Regarding a possible surge in coronavirus cases, Dr. Hamad Bastaki, head of the infectious diseases department, said updating the state’s emergency plan would be enough.

The ministry continues to monitor all infectious diseases, including COVID-19, and is taking necessary steps to strengthen its public health response in an appropriate manner, he affirmed.

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