June 4, 2020
“The process of healing does not end when the wounds are no longer visible – it ends when the wounds no longer ache.”Muskau Sharma
As the COVID-19 affected many countries, their number of COVID-19 cases continues to rise. However, a good indicator that a country is effectively handling the situation is to look at its recoveries rate. With that, they can assess the improvement of their healthcare facilities in treating COVID-19 patients.
In Kuwait, the Ministry of Health announced 562 new COVID-19 cases with six additional deaths and 1,473 recoveries. It brings to a total record of 29,921 cases, and 236 fatalities and 17,223 recovered cases. Within the new cases, 177 are Kuwait citizens, 99 are Indian residents, 86 are Bangladeshi residents, and 84 are Egyptian residents. In the governorates, there are 200 cases in Ahmadi, 148 in Al Farwaniya, 105 in Al Jahra, 55 in the Capital, and 54 in the Hawally region. Among the residential areas, the new number of cases decreased.
COVID-19 Situation of Kuwait
The Kuwait government implemented isolation in the areas that significantly affected the spread of coronavirus. It aims to stop its further transmission in the community. Basing on the medical records, the total number of recoveries exceeded half of the number infected with COVID-19 since its initial outbreak in the country. It is a good indicator, according to the experts. However, it does not mean that the curve is flattening. Through this, the Ministry of Health was considering lifting the implemented isolation protocol in some areas and imposed it on the other regions. In this way, they can contain the transmission of coronavirus.
Lifting the lockdown will improve the critical situation of the citizens and residents in the region. They can get back to their work or search for new employment. The imposition is why many of them are suffering from the “No Work, No Pay” situation. However, imposing the lockdown is the only cure in curbing the spread of COVID-19. Therefore, we must remain strong and wait for the safe moment where the authorities can officially lift the lockdown in some areas.
Despite the ongoing worries of the people in the isolated regions, the authorities prove to them that they are prepared to support the citizens and residents during their period of lockdown. In Hawally, they distributed bread and water to the people.
Another posted video shows many individuals gathering outside the buildings. They failed to practice health precautionary measures such as physical distancing. It is disappointing to see other people that are not cooperating with the health measures of the authorities. They must refrain from going outside unless it is necessary.
The Situation of the Cooperative Societies
Another disheartening news came from the Al-Omariya Cooperative Society, as 42 of their employees out of 150 tested positive for coronavirus. The health authorities isolated the infected workers immediately. However, the Board of Directors affirmed that the establishment would be open tomorrow.
Ten of the employees from the Farwaniya Cooperative Society also tested positive after examining 50 of their employees by the Ministry of Health. The Farwaniya Coop said that they hope the Health Ministry will allocate a single day to inspect the health of all workers and members of the association. The cooperative will begin its closure at 11:00 pm to conduct sterilization of the workplaces. After that, they will reopen their services at 7:00 am.
The video below shows the National Guard’s efforts in packing food for the citizens in the Nuzha Cooperative Society. Both the security officers and the cooperative societies are collaborating to provide the essential commodities of the community.
Today marks the 72nd day of the curfew and the 5th day of the government’s first-phase plan. The high-rate of recoveries of Kuwait is very commendable. It symbolizes how well they are handling the COVID-19 situation of the country. I hope that the number of recoveries will catch up with the number of COVID-19 cases to ensure the success of the nation’s battle against the pandemic.
Launching of Online Platform for Quarantine Certificates
As the country continues to research for a cure against COIVD-19 disease, the Department of Health officially resumed the clinical trials of testing hydroxychloroquine. The decision is a directive from the World Health Organization (WHO). Last month, the health authorities halted the clinical trial of the anti-malaria drug. It is because the Lancet medical journal raised its concern on the drug’s effects on the patients.
Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said that the quick changes in the decisions in implementing the trials are due to the evolving nature of the COVID-19 disease. They received new pieces of information every day, which caused them to decide quickly.
As of now, the Hydroxychloroquine drug is included in the medications used for the WHO Solidarity Trial. Twenty hospitals participated in the trial, with 220 patients overall. With that, they are doing everything they can to hasten up the clinical trials in the country.
The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) reported 96 new COVID-19 cases of the Filipinos abroad with two additional deaths and five recoveries. It brings to a total tally of 5,355 cases with 357 fatalities and 2,210 recovered cases. The newly reported fatalities came from the Middle East while the recoveries came from the Asia Pacific and Europe. Currently, 2,788 overseas Filipinos are undergoing treatment in which 152 are in the Asia Pacific region, 453 are in Europe, 1,1910 are in the Middle East/ Africa, and 273 are in the Americas.
The Bureau of Quarantine officially launched its online platform for the Overseas Filipino Workers, who completed their quarantine protocols and the processing of quarantine certificates in line with the Data Privacy law. For the OFWs to request a copy of their BOQ quarantine certificate, they may log in to this link. https://quarantinecertificate.com/
They are required to fill up the online form with their information as well as upload their valid attachments for verification. Through this, they can receive and download their digital certification in their email.
If the OFW wants to verify the validity of the certificate, they may log in to the link. They may also send an email to [email protected] and [email protected] or contact the BOQ Support team in the following numbers.
- 0971-8424980 (Globe)
- 0998-5893982 (Smart)
- 5318-7500 (BOQ Landline) and
- 8527-8481 local
- 7015, 6402 and 6295 (Philippine Coast Guard)
I am grateful to the Philippine government for their continuous participation in the COVID-19 trials. They also managed to launch an online platform for the OFWs. It will hasten the release of quarantine certificates. I hope that the quarantine protocols will be implemented efficiently for the welfare and safety of the OFWs.
“Ang pag-ibig at awa ng Panginoon ay walang katapusan. Iyan ang dahilan kung bakit hindi tayo lubusang nalipol.”Panaghoy 3:22 ASND
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