Water and sanitation deals worth SR394 million signed

Updated 21 August 2013
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Water and sanitation deals worth SR394 million signed

Water and Electricity Minister Abdullah bin Abdulrahman Al-Hossein has recently signed 22 contracts for the implementation of water and sanitation projects in different parts of the Kingdom at an overall cost of SR394 million.
Saudi Arabia falls under the category of countries with water scarcity problems and several water and sanitation projects are under progress across the country to counter the depleting water resources.
These projects are part of the holistic plan to achieve greater economic growth and keep apace with accelerating population growth in cities and provinces.
The contracts include sewer projects in Dawadmi district in Riyadh, at an estimated cost of SR109. 6 million and another contract for the establishment of a water tank in Hail, signed at a value of SR64.3 million.
According to the Saudi Press Agency, the ministry is also working on a project designated for the maintenance of water and sanitation in Qatif area in the Eastern Province as well as a similar project in Asir region worth SR46.5 million.
The other projects includes internal drinking water system for the city of Al Quoz in Makkah, an expansion project contract for Rafha water system with reservoirs in the northern border, a water surplus line sewage treatment plant in Asir Province, which is expected to cost around SR10 million as well as water and sanitation projects in Abha, Tabuk, Najran.
Moreover, the National Water Company (NWC) is also implementing the strategic water storage project in Jeddah with a power of 1 million cubic meters.
Loay Al-Musallam, CEO of NWC recently announced that the company is working to enhance the vision of leadership in achieving water security and provide better services to citizens.
Al-Musallam also pointed out that the project in Jeddah was implemented according to international standards and high-quality specifications.


Makkah Route: Health services presented to Hajjis in their home countries

Updated 21 July 2019
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Makkah Route: Health services presented to Hajjis in their home countries

  • 257,981 pilgrims benefited from the "preventive services" since the new initiative’s launch

RIYADH: One of the services provided by the Makkah Route initiative, which aims to smooth the Hajj journey of pilgrims and provide top-quality service, is to ensure that all health requirements are met.

The Communication, Relations and Health Awareness General Department of the Ministry of Health is implementing the initiative in two ways. 

The first is to ensure that the proper application of the health requirements for Hajj and Umrah is followed in targeted countries before issuing the Kingdom’s entry visa (Malaysia, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Pakistan, and Tunisia). 

The second is to check that preventive measures are taken according to the world’s epidemiological situation, for instance in Pakistan.

“Preventive measures” mean, for example, providing polio vaccines for pilgrims. The vaccine, approved by the World Health Organization (WHO), is provided through the Pakistani health authorities at the departure area of the airport.

“The ministry is also deploying a team of five people qualified to supervise the application of health requirements and assess the vaccination procedure and the application of preventive measures,” the department added.   


HIGHLIGHTS

The Makkah Route initiative aims to ensure that the proper application of the health requirements for Hajj and Umrah is followed in targeted countries before issuing the Kingdom’s entry visa.

The initiative also ensures that preventive measures are taken according to the world’s epidemiological situation, for instance in Pakistan.

The workforce at the different land, air, and sea entry/exit points during this year’s Hajj season numbers more than 1,700 individuals.

The teams include 131 experienced doctors, general health specialists, epidemiological monitors, and other staff to provide the necessary treatment and preventive services to pilgrims.


The ministry’s procedures in the departure hall include prepping emergency clinics at the points where Makkah Route pilgrims are received. 

These clinics deal with urgent cases, prepare awareness information for pilgrims and coordinate with the General Authority of Civil Aviation regarding their distribution on the targeted airlines.

The workforce at the different land, air, and sea entry/exit points during this year’s Hajj season numbers more than 1,700 individuals, including 131 experienced doctors, general health specialists, epidemiological monitors, and other staff to provide the necessary treatment and preventive services to pilgrims.

The ministry stated that the number of health practitioners assigned to the service of pilgrims during Hajj “is more than 30,000.”

The ministry encourages volunteering during the Hajj season; it believes that it is a very important and noble service toward fellow citizens, nations and the religion, where Islam highly encourages volunteering and serving others.

The ministry is coordinating the major institutions and commissions via its Hajj volunteering link to register volunteers so that they can participate through the societal partnership program.

The missions affiliated with the pilgrim’s affairs offices provide basic treatment services and refer patients to the ministry’s health facilities, keeping an eye on the overall health situation and reporting any suspicious infectious diseases. 

The ministry monitors all the health institutions and medical missions affiliated with the pilgrim’s affairs offices to make sure the health requirements are being properly applied, to ensure pilgrims’ safety and guarantee an environment free of infectious diseases.

The Health Ministry has confirmed that so far that there has been no incidence of any epidemic diseases or quarantine cases recorded among pilgrims, who arrived and the health situation is reassuring.

Since the first of Dul Qaada, the ministry has provided preventive services, via access points, to 257,981 pilgrims, with a total rate of commitment to vaccination reached  87.4 percent for meningitis, 67.3 percent for yellow fever and 95.3 percent for polio.