Jeddah Erfan Hospital to reopen gradually

Updated 19 January 2013
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Jeddah Erfan Hospital to reopen gradually

Dr. Erfan and Bagedo Hospital has been allowed to reopen gradually after a two-month shutdown following the death of an eight-year-old boy operated upon at the facility, the head of the Jeddah Health Department said yesterday.

Dr. Sami Badawood said Health Minister Abdullah Al-Rabeeah issued the order to let Erfan resume operation after confirming reports submitted by health firms accredited by the Ministry of Health stating that the hospital has complied with health safety measures.

Such measures include utility connections and the safety of medical tools that the hospital uses, he said, adding that a committee set up by the ministry had monitored the hospital's various departments for a week and confirmed that the health firms had reported.

Earlier reports said the hospital administration had also submitted to the Ministry of Health proof that it had rectified all the 13 technical and administrative flaws uncovered by an official committee. The problems were mostly about hospital workers, safety and security arrangements and specifications of the Civil Defense.

"The hospital is going to open gradually and that its performance will be reviewed within six months from now," Badawood said.

Minister Al-Rabeeah placed the hospital under a two-month suspension two months ago upon the recommendation of a committee that investigated the death of Salah Al-Deen, an eight-year-old son of businessman Sheikh Yusuf Jameel, due to a fatal medical error during a surgery.

The Ministry of Health had said that the hospital would remain closed “until it regulates its medical and technical functions in accordance with medical standards.”

The Administrative Court in Jeddah had subsequently ruled that the hospital be allowed to operate after complying with the required reforms.

Erfan has around 3,000 employees, with Saudis accounting for more than half the number. The rest of the hospital staff are expatriates, notably Egyptians, Indians and Filipinos.


Events celebrating Saudi Souq Okaz festival kick off on Wednesday

Events are planned across the country to accompany the Souq Okaz festival. (AFP)
Updated 19 June 2018
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Events celebrating Saudi Souq Okaz festival kick off on Wednesday

  • Makkah will host a show creatively presenting the historical convoys of trade souqs
  • Riyadh and the Eastern Province will be hosting heritage and cultural events such as a show that presents the story of buying and selling in Souq Okaz and encourages people to visit the souq’s events

JEDDAH: Events accompanying Souq Okaz that promote the market and invite people to visit its cultural and heritage activities will kick off on Wednesday, under the patronage of King Salman. The Souq is organized by the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH) and will run June 27 to July 13.

Makkah will host the event of “The Historical Convoys of Thi Al-Mejna and Thi Al-Mijaz Souqs,” a show creatively presenting the historical convoys of trade souqs. These convoys show the method traders adopted to beat travel exhaustion and entertain themselves as they would sing about Souq Okaz and invite people to visit it.

Madinah will host the event “Let’s go to Souq Okaz,” which will encourage people to attend the cultural and heritage events. This event includes activities such as folk shows and interactive, innovative and heritage competitions.

Jeddah will host several cultural seminars focusing on the history of the souq as well as poetry readings and a theatrical show that represents the story of buying and selling in Souq Okaz.

Riyadh and the Eastern Province will be hosting heritage and cultural events such as a show that presents the story of buying and selling in Souq Okaz and encourages people to visit the souq’s events.

Taif will host “Souq Okaz for Performance Arts,” an event that includes heritage and cultural performance activities that reflect the souq’s identity in Al-Hada, Shifa and Ar-Rudaf Park. 

The events accompanying the souq this year will be launched on Friday in Al-Baha and many archaeological sites in the provinces of Al-Mikhwat, Al-Qura and Al-Mandaq.

The events include the camel convoy, horse shows, traditional folk and dancing shows, artifacts, Saudi traditional dishes and the introduction of some popular traditional and historical souqs in the regions.