Kuwait: Minister inspects PCR testing facility at Airport
The Minister of State for Housing Affairs and Minister of State for Services Affairs Dr. Abdullah Marafi inspected at Kuwait International Airport (KIA) the latest regulatory and health measures following the cabinet’s mandate for airlines to conduct Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) tests for all arriving passengers to the country.
In a statement to KUNA on Sunday, Dr. Marafi said that the task of checking passengers arriving at KIA will be assigned to airlines to ease the burden on health teams from Kuwait’s Ministry of Health (MoH), which have done great efforts since the start of COVID-19 crisis.
The airlines, in cooperation with the country’s ground services companies and local laboratories, will conduct PCR examinations to travelers arriving to the nation, he added, underlining that MoH will only monitor and supervise these swabs.
During Marafi’s tour, he commended the great efforts made by MoH and the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) during this phase, which played a vital and clear role to confront the COVID-19 pandemic in various fields and sectors.
He appreciates the efforts from the officials at KIA, including members from the Ministry of Interior, Kuwait General Administration of Customs, as well as all workers at the airport to serve passengers, facilitate arrival procedures, and to ensure utmost health security.
All travelers and workers in the airport buildings should abide by the health controls and guidelines issued by either MoH or DGCA, he pointed out.