Jeddah toddler, EP man succumb to MERS

Updated 17 July 2013
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Jeddah toddler, EP man succumb to MERS

JEDDAH: Two more Saudis have died of infection from the Middle East Respiratory Syndrom (MERS), the Ministry of Health said on Sunday. This brings the total number of deaths from the new virus to 38 in the Kingdom and 44 worldwide.
In a statement posted on its website, the ministry said the latest fatalities from the SARS-related disease include a 53-year-old from the Eastern region and a 2-year-old child in Jeddah, who suffers from chronic lung diseases. Both died on Saturday, it said.
Two other citizens in Riyadh region, aged 66 and 69, have also been confirmed to have caught the infection and are now under intensive care, said the statment. A third resident, a health worker, was also diagnosed with the infection and is under treatment.
Tests conducted on 77 other suspected MERS cases yielded negative results, the ministry said.
Prior to this new Ministry of Health announcement, the World Health Organization (WHO) said in a statement dated July 5 that the global toll from MERS was 42, out of 79 laboratory-confirmed cases since the virus was discovered in September 2012 .
The WHO urged member states to continue their surveillance for severe acute respiratory infections (SARI) and to carefully review any unusual patterns. It also advised health care providers to maintain vigilance.
"Recent travelers returning from the Middle East who develop SARI should be tested for MERS-CoV as advised in the current surveillance recommendations. Specimens from patients’ lower respiratory tracts should be obtained for diagnosis where possible. Clinicians are reminded that MERS-CoV infection should be considered even with atypical signs and symptoms, such as diarrhea, in patients who are immunocompromised," it said.


Saudi Arabia's civil service ministry launches national training program for public sector employees

Updated 45 min 41 sec ago
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Saudi Arabia's civil service ministry launches national training program for public sector employees

  • The “National Program for Rehabilitation and Training of Human Resources Personnel and Leaders in Government Agencies” which aims to expand the skills of government personnel
  • The training program is in line with the Saudi Vision 2030

JEDDAH: A national program aimed to train public sector employees in the field of human resources management has been inaugurated by the Ministry of Civil Service on Sunday.

The “National Program for Rehabilitation and Training of Human Resources Personnel and Leaders in Government Agencies,” which aims to expand the skills of government personnel, is in line with the country’s Vision 2030, according to the ministry.

“The Ministry of Civil Service will spare no effort in carrying out the roles entrusted to it to advance administrative development, including the modernization of the working environment in the public sector,” said Minister of Civil Service Suleiman bin Abdullah during the inauguration.

The program will explore best practices in human resources management in the public sector, and will discuss the basic principles of the employee life cycle. It will also train employees on methodologies of workforce planning, how to motivate employees to achieve their career objectives, how to foster a culture of group work, as well as highlight the role of digital technology in human resource.

Only Saudi nationals who have a college degree are eligible to join the program.

Government agencies will nominate the eligible employees, who will then be enrolled in a five-day course on human resource, where their abilities to obtain a certificate from UK-based Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development will be assessed. Successful candidates will finish a one-year training module, consisting of classroom and on-site activities.