Saudi, S. Korean experts join hands to fight MERS

Updated 16 June 2015
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Saudi, S. Korean experts join hands to fight MERS

RIYADH: Health experts from Saudi Arabia and their South Korean counterparts have joined hands to combat the dreaded MERS outbreak in the Far East Asian country, where 16 people have succumbed to the contagion so far.

Five new cases were reported by the Korean Health Ministry on Monday, taking the total to 150, the largest outbreak outside of Saudi Arabia.
Jungho Lee, a senior diplomat and spokesman at the embassy of the Republic of Korea in Riyadh, told Arab News on Monday that Saudi health experts were in Seoul and were working in close coordination with local health workers to fight the disease.
“Having a sophisticated health system, Korea exports medical technologies to the Kingdom and helps in various health care projects. Now, as Saudi Arabia has accumulated solid experience and knowledge in dealing with MERS since its outbreak in June 2012, it is but natural for the Kingdom and the Republic of South Korea to strengthen collaboration in this field,” he said.
Earlier, Health Minister Khalid Al-Falih had offered help to his South Korean counterpart, Moon Hyung-pyo, in the form of Saudi health experts with experience in tackling MERS cases.
The MERS outbreak in South Korea has sparked off international concern and stalled the nation’s economy. According to the Korean ministry of finance, it has resulted in over 100,000 canceled tourist visits.
Jungho said that the Saudi Health Ministry delegation reached Seoul on June 11 and on June 12. “Experts from both the countries held a joint workshop to discuss the outbreak in Korea and the Kingdom, which has recorded the highest number of MERS cases, crossing 1,000 confirmed infections and 454 deaths till Monday.
The first MERS case was reported in South Korea on May 20, when a businessman, who had returned from a tour to the Gulf countries including the Kingdom, testing positive.
Meanwhile, a Korean citizen was hospitalized in Slovakia after being suspected of carrying the MERS virus.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has called an emergency meeting on Tuesday to discuss the MERS outbreak in South Korea, which it described as “large and complex.”


Where We Are Going Today: Moonshell

Updated 20 October 2018
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Where We Are Going Today: Moonshell

The healthy-eating community on Instagram can affect us in many ways. Barely a day goes by without coming across a post showcasing another vegan, low-calorie food that sparks a momentary desire to quit all that junk food, because of how beautiful they make it look.
The smoothie bowl trend emerged about two years ago and has been popular on Instagram since then. Basically, you make a smoothie that is so thick in consistency that you cannot drink it through a straw, so you eat it from a bowl instead.
Moon Shell in Jeddah is a restaurant that specializes in these bowls, which are good for your health — and can make your timeline look great, too. Its smoothies are served in coconut shells and topped with your choice of fruit, nuts, seeds and chocolate.
Moon Shell also offers savory foods, including rice rolls, and a range of beverages, including coffee and matcha tea. Everything on the menu is vegan friendly. Moon Shell is the perfect place for those looking to treat themselves to truly good and nutritious food, rather than just food that tastes good but might not be the best for you. All the fruity deliciousness can be found in Rawdah district, in front of Ruf store.