MoH Acts To Overcome ‘Norwegian Rat Danger’

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The Pest and Rodents Control Department at the Ministry of Health has taken the necessary measures to prevent the pest epidemic and minimize the danger posed by Norwegian rats found in slum areas,

reports Al-Jarida daily quoting head of the department Dr Samia Al-Tabeekh.Al-Tabeekh revealed the Norwegian rats are widespread in the slums in Jleeb Al-Shuyoukh and Ardiya Industrial Area.  She said the slum areas are breeding grounds for this kind of rats.  She added the department closely follows up the issue to protect public health.
On the other hand, sources said some government agencies have neglected the problem and no step has been taken to combat the rats.  Sources explained rats thrive in dirty and polluted areas, while citing the rising pollution levels and failure to maintain public gardens as some factors which contribute to the growing population of rats.  
Sources stressed the need for the authorities to launch public awareness campaigns for the people to understand the danger posed by rats and the steps they can take to address the problem.
Meanwhile, the Minister of Health Dr Ali Al-Obaid has issued several decisions to the concerned authorities to report to the ministry should there be any cases of acute flaccid paralysis and poliomyelitis, reports Al-Seyassah daily.
The daily added a circular has also been issued how to execute decisions and precautionary measures to be taken to contain the disease, should similar cases exist in the country.
Al-Obaid added a report on the disease should be submitted within 24 hours by phone and then followed in writing to the nearest preventive health center or to the Public Health Department after examining the case.
Another ministerial decision issued by Al-Obaid is related to appoint the Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences at the Public Authority for Applied Education and Training as member of the Permanent National Committee for Control of AIDS in place of the Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences of the Kuwait University.


Source : Kuwait Times

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