Kuwait prohibits living in the country to cancer patients or with other 21 types of ailments

Kuwait prohibits foreigners suffering from cancer and other non-infectious diseases from living in their country. Therefore, the Arab nation becomes the first country in the world to prohibit cancer patients from living in its territory.

The prohibition of extending to other diseases. Among them people suffering from diabetes and high blood pressure. Also, kidney failure, vision problems and diarrheal diseases.
Kuwait prohibits living in the country to cancer patients or with other 21 types of ailments

A view of Kuwait. Very modern and very restrictive for foreigners.

The government of the country said that the law seeks to reduce costs in medical services generated by foreigners. It also aims to ensure that foreigners who seek to reside in the country “are able to work.” Al Arabiya reports that the Kuwaiti Ministry of Health has released a list of 22 diseases.

Before the implementation of the ban on foreigners suffering from cancer or other diseases, Kuwait prevented people with infectious diseases from entering or leaving the country, in accordance with international law.
Kuwait prohibits living in the country to cancer patients or with other 21 types of ailments

The care in a hospital in Kuwait.

These diseases include AIDS, Herpes, Hepatitis B and G, Malaria, Leprosy, Syphilis, Tuberculosis and Gonorrhea. However, this is the first time that the country prohibits the entry of people with non-infectious diseases.

Human Rights Organizations have criticized the measure. Faced with this, the government of Kuwait defended that it was approved eight years ago. But it had not been implemented until today.
Kuwait prohibits living in the country to cancer patients or with other 21 types of ailments

A Children’s Hospital in Kuwait.

In October 2017, Kuwait increased all public health rates for foreigners for the first time in two decades.

Advocates of the measure also said that since 70% of the country’s population is made up of foreigners, the measure would help reduce the burden of their health services.
Kuwait prohibits living in the country to cancer patients or with other 21 types of ailments

Another view of Kuwait.

A month ago, Kuwait built its first public hospital in more than three decades. This will be the first center erected by the Government since 1984, but it has a peculiarity: it will exclusively serve Kuwaitis.

“Foreigners are saturating our hospitals, competing for the air we breathe in waiting rooms,” Kuwaiti deputy Safaa al-Hashem recently declared in parliament.

Another measure taken by the Kuwaiti government outside the health services was to raise the prices of electricity and water in the homes of foreigners and not of nationals.

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