MoH warns against risks of child obesity

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Updated 25 April 2013
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MoH warns against risks of child obesity

A senior official at the Ministry of Health (MoH) warned parents about the dangers of obesity among children, including the possibility of developing diabetes if the problem remains unaddressed.
Dr. Muhammed Al-Harbi, head of the diabetes unit at the ministry, addressed around 70 health consultants at the opening session of a workshop held at the ministry’s headquarters in the capital yesterday.
The official explained that type 1 diabetes is normally found among adults who are over the age of 40. However, he cautioned that due to obesity, there is a rising tendency for children to contract the disease at an early stage in life. He also pointed out that diabetes is a hereditary disease, which normally occurs among 60 to 80 percent of people whose parents are diabetic.

Al-Harbi said that diabetes mellitus type 2, which affects children, can be tackled through healthy diet and regular exercising. Early detection of the ailment also helps patients control the disease, along with proper medication and medical advice, he noted.
The Ministry of Health’s General Administration for Hospitals organized the workshop in coordination with the ministry’s diabetic unit, with the aim of updating consultants on the latest advances in the field.
Dr. Abdul Aziz Al-Ghamdi, the ministry’s hospitals director, said the training workshop is part of the ministry’s program to help health officials keep abreast of the latest developments in the field.
Al-Ghamdi said the workshop will discuss diabetic foot diseases and diabetes among women and children in the Kingdom.
There are two types of diabetes, type 1 and type 2. However, the latter represents 90 percent of diabetes cases in the Kingdom, which is caused by unhealthy dietary habits, lack of exercise, and the prevalence of obesity among people.
MoH is providing treatment to citizens affected by the disease and actively waging awareness campaigns.
The prevalence of diabetes in the Kingdom is reported at an alarming level, with over 25 percent of the adult population suffering from the disease. The figure is expected to double by 2030.

Half of people over 30 are prone to diabetes. Saudi Arabia has the second highest rate of diabetes in the Middle East and is seventh highest in the world, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).
Some reports suggest that the Kingdom spends approximately SR 30 billion every year on the treatment of diabetes. A patient’s treatment costs the government SR 5,000 per year barring complications. The cost increases to between SR 98,000 to SR 180,000 to treat patients with renal failure.
Loss of vision is one of the primary concerns for persons suffering from diabetes. Experts say approximately two-thirds of diabetics are likely to experience loss of vision after 35 years with the disease.
Moreover, diabetic retinopathy very often results in impaired vision, and the disease is 25 times more likely to lead to blindness than any other condition.

Globally, there are currently 336 million people who have diabetes. This figure is set to rise to over 550 million by 2030. The epidemic causes the death of 4.6 million a year, or one victim every 7 seconds. Diabetes is among the top 10 causes for disability, resulting in life-threatening complications such as heart disease, stroke, lower limb amputation and blindness. It estimated that 50 percent of those with diabetes are undiagnosed.


Leading monitor of crucial events in the Saudi Arabia for 100 years: Umm Al-Qura newspaper

Umm Al-Qura was the first newspaper to be published during the time of Saudi Arabia's founder.
Updated 21 May 2018
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Leading monitor of crucial events in the Saudi Arabia for 100 years: Umm Al-Qura newspaper

  • It was the first newspaper to be issued at the time of the Kingdom’s founder, King Abdul Aziz
  • Al-Ahmadi clarified that the newspaper’s first issue was published in December 1924

MAKKAH: It is considered one of the most important and prestigious Saudi Arabian newspapers. 

It has witnessed crucial decisions in the country, observed the history of the region throughout a century, recording details of life in the Kingdom becoming a reference for historical decisions and events.

Umm Al-Qura’s Editor in Chief Abdullah Al-Ahmadi said the newspaper has the support and supervision of Minister of Culture and Information Dr. Awwad Al-Awwad, who has harnessed all the resources for its modern launch. Al-Ahmadi clarified that the newspaper’s first issue was published in December 1924.

It was the first newspaper to be issued at the time of the Kingdom’s founder, King Abdul Aziz. The headline in the first issue of the newspaper was “The Makkah Declaration,” and this story was accompanied by news and official statements.

Al-Ahmadi said that the paper continued its coverage during World War II, although its presses did stop for a period of up to eight weeks in 1924 before King Abdul Aziz ordered paper to be imported and printing to resume.

Umm Al-Qura’s first editor in chief was Sheikh Yusuf Yassin, who was followed by Rushdi Malhas. Both figures held diplomatic positions during King Abdul Aziz’s reign, along with Mohammed Saeed Abdul Maksoud, Fouad Shaker and Abdul Quddus Al-Ansari.

Al-Ahmadi added that the newspaper has monitored the personal stories of the Kingdom’s kings, giving precise details of the historical and political events of the last century. He added that it has the full Saudi archive and it has become a historical reference for history, the economy and politics.

Al-Ahmadi said the newspaper was a combination of news, sports and social events during 30 years of its foundation. It had adverts on some pages, reflecting the region’s identity and local, economic and cognitive dimensions.

Al-Ahmadi said that with its launch, the newspaper formed the memory, aspirations and ambitions of Saudi Arabia. It was the only media platform in which the world explored the local news, along with the cultural, educational and economic news. 

It covered their advocacy of the crucial decisions — notably the Palestinian cause that Saudi Arabia has defended since the time of its founder.

Umm Al-Qura’s editor in chief said his main concern, along with his former colleagues in the newspaper’s management, was its development and relaunch, pointing out that a number of challenges have been overcome. 

The newspaper has been developed across the board — from layout and content to its brand logo and colors, he said.

Al-Ahmadi added that new and modern printers have been provided, and the newspaper has improved in line with technical and modern changes. 

He said the government also helped restore the back issues damaged by moths.

The operation was carried out by specialized experts who supervised the whole operation to protect the issues from getting lost. All issues were archived online and missing issues are being updated, he added.

Al-Ahmadi said that the newspaper’s website will provide a digital media platform for the documentation process, giving integrated information about the newspaper.

Al-Ahmadi said the newspaper has a website archive for researchers and academics. 

He added that a large number of master’s and doctorate degrees as well as surveys took place with the help of the newspaper that has become a historic reference for scholars and researchers.