City: Kuwaiti females have finally made it as staff
members at the country's paramedics teams after the first female
unit graduated on Saturday.
Abdulaziz Bou Hamyed, a paramedic official, told Al Arabiya this
week that ever since the department's establishment in 1988, its
staff members have been men.
Hamyed said it was important to raise
society's awareness that females now play a role in the
"There are three phases. The first one is raising
awareness in society. The second one is dealing with the injured
via phone calls. The third one is dispatching female members to
the field," he added.
The department's call center receives daily
calls on pregnancy cases, home accidents in which children or old
people are injured and car accidents.
A female medic told Al Arabiya that one of the medic's most
important characteristics is patience.
"A medic must first be
patient because he/ she may be dealing with a neurological or
psychological case. So patience comes first," Abdullah said.
Generally, women in Kuwait enjoy more comprehensive labor
rights than their Gulf counterparts.
In 2010, the government of Kuwait
allowed women to work night shifts at hotels, restaurants,
pharmacies, press offices, banks and various other businesses.
amendment was to a labor law that barred Kuwaiti women from
working between the hours of 10 p.m. and 7 a.m.