Kuwait City: Sixty two Indian nurses and technicians working for the Ministry of Health arrived in Kuwait on Tuesday, after being stranded outside Kuwait since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Upon their arrival, they will need to quarantine for 7 days instead of 14 after last week’s announcement by the Ministry of Health which stipulated reducing quarantine time for medical professionals, as they need more help to combat the virus. Last month, 116 Indian nurses returned to Kuwait as they were part of a group of 400 nurses that were granted permission to enter Kuwait by the Ministry of Health. According to a source that spoke to Al Jarida, the 116 nurses were part of the first batch and more were to follow.
It is unclear if the 62 nurses that arrived on Tuesday were part of the same group of nurses that are approved to return to Kuwait.
Return of medical professionals
Expat employees working in the public and private sector have been stuck abroad, unable to return due to the travel ban imposed on 34 countries, including India, Egypt, Philippines and Bangladesh.
A few weeks ago, the Ministry of Health sent a list of names of stranded health professionals to the Cabinet and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to return them to Kuwait.
There are around 500 doctors, technicians and nurses stuck abroad, who will soon return in cooperation and coordination with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Civil Aviation.
Last month, the Ministry announced that around 500 doctors and nurses from Pakistan will arrive in Kuwait in the next few weeks to assist in the intensive cases, anesthesia and pulmonary diseases.
In June, 658 nurses and medical technicians from India returned to Kuwait.