Diabetes takes its toll on life and limbs

Updated 21 February 2013
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Diabetes takes its toll on life and limbs

At least 61 diabetics become physically challenged as a result of the chronic disease, says a survey.
The total number of diabetic cases in a year reaches at least 22,500, it says.
The study, authored by Dr. Khalid Ar-Rbay’an, also reveals that one foot is amputated every 30 seconds worldwide, while one person becomes blind every two minutes.
Ar-Rbay’an teaches at King Saud University.
Six diabetics succumb to the disease every minute, according to the survey.
The total indirect expenses caused by the amputees is more than SR 88 billion.
The findings are contained in a paper entitled “Ratios of Handicaps Sustained by Diabetics in Saudi Arabia,” presented by Dr. Ar-Rbay’an at the 28th Scientific Meeting at King Abdulaziz University for Science and Technology (KAUST).
He gave ratios for amputations, along with its level of threat and percentages of affected people.
“The results show that diabetes is the major cause of blindness, visual impairment, motor impairment, amputation of extremities, various types of paralysis, and the impairment of hearing and speech,” saidAr-Rbay’an.
“These cases of handicap cost large amounts of money to the health services, most of which is indirect,” he added.
Dr. Abd Al-Aziz Sweilim, vice-chairman of KAUST for Scientific Research Promotion, said that there could be immense benefits to national economy and the quality of social life if Saudi Arabia could bring down the percentage of the people who are diagnosed with diabetes by just two percent.


Saudi aid agency steps up relief work on Yemen’s west coast

Updated 22 April 2018
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Saudi aid agency steps up relief work on Yemen’s west coast

  • KSRelief has carried out more than 200 relief programs and projects had been carried out by the center in Yemen
  • Yemeni government bewails world silence on abuses committed by Iranian-backed Houthi militia 

JEDDAH: King Salman Relief and Humanitarian Aid Center (KSRelief) has distributed 2,000 bags of wheat to displaced people from the western coast of Hodeida governorate to Aden as part of welfare operations in Yemen.
Yemen’s Minister of Local Administration and Higher Relief Committee chairman Abdul Raqeeb Fatah said KSRelief was seen as a beacon for humanitarian work.
More than 200 relief programs and projects had been carried out by the center in Yemen.
The Yemeni government condemned the silence of the UN and the international community on abuses committed by Iranian-backed Houthi militia against people in the Al-Hima area of Taiz governorate.
Rebels had continued indiscriminate shelling of Hima’s villages, forcing people from their homes, Fatah said. Fatah said the militia’s crimes in Taiz districts were contrary to international law. He called on the global community and humanitarian organizations to take a firm position on all Houthi crimes.
Yesterday, KSRelief distributed 3,500 cartons of dates in the villages of Izzala Al-Jumah in Al-Mukha directorate in Taiz governorate, benefiting 21,000 people.