Riyadh governor orders anti-MERS push

Updated 19 December 2014

Riyadh governor orders anti-MERS push

Health authorities are set to intensify an awareness program on the dangers of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV), targeting camel breeders, schools, malls and King Khaled International Airport.
Riyadh Gov. Prince Turki bin Abdullah issued the directive during a meeting with senior health officials including Adnan Al-Abdulkareem, director general of the region's health department.
Al-Abdulkareem thanked Prince Turki for his concern and highlighted the various efforts underway to prevent the virus from spreading.
He said that treatment of people infected with the virus is taking place at the newly built Prince Mohammed bin Abdulaziz Hospital, designated by Acting Health Minister Adel Fakeih as the region's MERS center.
Al-Abdulkareem said that the directorate has formed 20 teams to conduct awareness sessions at schools, malls and King Khalid International Airport, to highlight its efforts to fight the virus, including how it spreads and preventative measures.
He said the teams are using print, broadcast and social media to spread the message.
The coronavirus remains a significant threat to Saudi Arabia, the health ministry said recently after a series of cases in the western city of Taif. Health officials are "particularly concerned about breaking the chain of transmission in Taif, where a cluster was identified in September," the ministry said.
Primary cases in Taif involved people who had unprotected contact with camels and then came into contact with others, including healthcare workers, it added.
"The situation in Taif is still under investigation and we expect to see more cases in the coming days and weeks," Anees Sindi, deputy commander of the health ministry's command and control centre which coordinates the response to MERS, was quoted as saying in a recent report.


185 disabled Saudi children ready for new academic year

Updated 22 August 2019

185 disabled Saudi children ready for new academic year

RIYADH:  Saudi Arabia’s Disabled Children’s Association (DCA) finished its preparations for the new academic year with the completion of its educational programs aimed at developing children’s mental, cognitive and motor skills.

The DCA’s centers are getting ready to welcome around 185 new students, who will be enrolled in the preparatory and elementary stages. The association is also housing early intervention children in 11 centers throughout the Kingdom.

“The DCA’s centers finished their preparations early in line with the directives of Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz, chairman of the association’s board of directors,” said Awadh Al-Ghamdi, the DCA’s secretary-general.

He added: “The association is keeping pace with new technologies by developing the educational care system every year. It continuously adopts new methods for children with special needs by providing the centers with what is necessary for the development of linguistic, social and psychological skills.

“The DCA held consultative meetings to approve an implementation mechanism by consulting experts from the educational committee at King Saud University about the importance of establishing an innovative resources room in all of the DCA centers.

Al-Ghamdi said: “The project will be implemented in cooperation with the Ministry of Education after it is judged by specialists from Saudi universities and adopted as part of the association’s initiatives. This comes as a continuation of the DCA’s role in caring for children with special needs for more than 35 years.”

The director of the DCA’s center in Al-Rass governorate presented the project’s original idea, which included reviewing the centers’ educational care programs according to modern educational trends.

A working group, which included a number of specialists, was assigned to the investigation. It presented a final vision to the DCA’s secretariat with a guide to the project’s implementation.