Kuwait has added diabetes and other non-contagious diseases to a list of conditions that will prevent expats from living or working in the kingdom.
Around 425,000 people are diabetic in Kuwait, making up 15% of the population. As a measure to relieve the state treasury of more burden coupled with the increasing costs of medical care for expats the director of Public Health in the Ministry of Health Dr Fahad Al-Ghumlas, a new list will be released to include non-contagious diseases such as diabetes.
He stressed that the reason behind recruiting expats is for them to have strength and not to become liability.
Currently, contagious diseases such as Tuberculosis, Hepatitis B and C, and HIV/Aids are the only ones that prevents and expat from living in Kuwait.
The list of diseases for which 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 Arab world has 39 million diabetics, and this number is expected to double within 15 to 20 years. A total of 200,000 people living in Kuwait have yet to be examined.
Diabetes leads to complications such as sight, kidney, heart, feet and other diseases.