H1N1 strikes in Riyadh

Updated 04 November 2012
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H1N1 strikes in Riyadh

Eight H1N1 cases have been discovered in Al-Amal hospital in Riyadh, Al-Hayat newspaper reported yesterday. The report said two of the cases were among hospital inmates and six in the psychiatry department. 
The newspaper also mentioned that the hospital quarantined 27 suspected cases, in addition to four nurses who showed symptoms of the virus.
The medical team in the hospital administered tamiflu (H1N1 antivirus) to all the infected. The hospital also directed all its staff members to wear masks and use all precautionary measures when dealing with the inmates. The hospital canceled the annual Eid party and vacationing doctors were called back.
The virus was first discovered in Saudi Arabia when a Filipino nurse at King Faisal Specialized Hospital returned from her annual vacation with the virus in 2009.
Internationally, the first cases of the H1N1 virus were detected in Mexico in April 2009, and soon thereafter the World Health Organization announced the virus was close to being an epidemic, as developed nations rushed to create a vaccine.


Saudi Arabia's KSRelief distributes assistance to Syrian refugees in Lebanon

KSRelief distributed assistance to Syrian refugees. (SPA/file)
Updated 21 April 2018
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Saudi Arabia's KSRelief distributes assistance to Syrian refugees in Lebanon

  • KSRelief seeks to ensure that the living conditions of Syrian refugees are in accordance with international specifications
  • The center also distributed 3,500 cartons of dates in the villages of Izzala Al-Jumah in Yemen

JEDDAH: The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) distributed humanitarian aid including birth kits, personal bags and baby blankets to Syrian female refugees staying in Osman Hospital and Central Hospital in Kattermaya, Kharoub province of Lebanon on Friday.

This distribution is within the framework of the assistance provided by the center for displaced Syrians and refugees in neighboring countries. 

KSRelief seeks to ensure that the living conditions of Syrian refugees are in accordance with international specifications through various relief programs. 

Earlier, winter blankets, jackets, jumpers, hats and other items were distributed to meet the basic needs of refugee families.

The center also distributed 3,500 cartons of dates in the villages of Izzala Al-Jumah in Al-Mukha directorate in Taiz governorate, benefiting 21,000 people.

In addition, 36 trucks with 469,483 kg of relief, shelter and medicines crossed Al-Wadiaa border on Thursday evening as part of the KSRelief plan to help Yemenis.

Of this total, 26 trucks with 500 food baskets, weighing 375 tons, in addition to 43,173 kg of shelter items, will be heading to Maareb province, and ten trucks carrying 42,221 kg of shelter items and 9.89 tons of medications will go to Aden.

On Thursday, the Bahraini Royal Charity Foundation and the Khalifa bin Zayed Foundation for Humanitarian Affairs signed an MoU for the establishment of the Bahrain Health Center in Aden, Yemen, at a cost of $2 million, in the presence of Ahmed bin Ali Al-Bayez, assistant general supervisor of operations and programs at KSRelief, and a number of officials. SPA, Jeddah