NAJLA ALWAQAYAN WRITES – From localized illness to world pandemic, the speedy unfold of COVID-19 has revealed how some governments are able to defending their residents—and the way some usually are not. China took this pandemic very critically throughout its early levels and has, because of this, efficiently contained it. Then again, Europe and the USA have develop into the brand new epicenters of COVID-19, experiencing excessive numbers of instances and enormous dying tolls. What stuns me most is that Europe and the USA are pioneers within the medical trade. Nonetheless, relating to COVID-19, they’ve largely failed to guard their folks.
Witnessing what number of governments have declared state emergencies and closed their borders left me anxious about how Kuwait, my house nation, would deal with this pandemic. Kuwait has lengthy relied on international experience, a lot in order that the nation sends its residents to hunt medical care overseas. As such, I puzzled how Kuwait would react as soon as the virus unfold to its folks.
Whereas leaders world wide have been nonetheless deciding how you can deal with the pandemic, Kuwait took decisive motion, closing colleges and airports, imposing curfews, and mandating COVID-19 assessments for all its folks. Moreover, the federal government granted two weeks’ day off for presidency and private-sector staff and imposed medical quarantine for anybody identified with the virus. To keep away from additional contagion, residents and non-citizens who arrived from abroad have been additionally quarantined in resorts till they didn’t present any indicators of the illness.
What about residents who weren’t capable of head house earlier than the airport closures? Kuwait took care of them, too. College students, for instance, have been offered meals provides whereas vacationers have been provided free lodge stays till pleasant ‘eviction’ planes arrived to repatriate them.
When world leaders left their nations feeling afraid and unsure, the Emir of Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, provided positivity, assurance, and steering. In a latest speech, for instance, he acknowledged that his high precedence was to include the epidemic and save lives. As well as, he emphasised that efforts to struggle the virus wouldn’t finish till it was totally contained. Together with the Emir of Kuwait, the Ministry of Social Affairs launched a marketing campaign to boost donations to struggle the virus in Kuwait and to fund charities to assist these in want.
Throughout these tough occasions, Kuwait stands in solidarity with the remainder of the world. Ever for the reason that pandemic started, Kuwait has appeared to assist nations and organizations all over the place. To this point, Kuwait has donated $40 million to the World Well being Group, $10 million to Iran, and medical gear to Yemen.
Though COVID-19 has led to a radical shift in how folks keep on with their lives, personally I’ve by no means been prouder to be Kuwaiti.
LMU undergraduate Nalja Alwaqayan is enrolled within the ‘Asia Media Practicum’ course that helps form asiamedia.lmu.edu each semester.