As a measure to relieve the state treasury of more burden along with the increasing costs of medical care for expatriates, contagious diseases such as Tuberculosis, Hepatitis B and C, and HIV/Aids will no longer be the only diseases preventing expatriates from residing or working in Kuwait. A new list will be released soon to include non-contagious diseases like diabetes.
Dr. Ghumlas affirmed that the medical test for expatriates has to do with health and national security, which Kuwait will not treat with levity. This is the reason why the list of diseases that the expatriates must undergo tests will be updated regularly to be reviewed by concerned GCC committees for amendment, depending on the prevailing developments in general.
The recommendation for the 2019 list will be approved within the next few days to include diabetes and other diseases. Some minor cases like minor Anemia whose treatment will not cost the country much will be removed from the list.
He stressed that the essence of recruiting expatriates is for them to be the strength and not a liability to the country.