SR12m cash injection to keep Hajis in good health

Updated 05 October 2013
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SR12m cash injection to keep Hajis in good health

The Ministry of Health (MOH) has allocated SR12 million for stocking up on medicine for the treatment of Haj pilgrims in Makkah and Madinah, according to a top official.
Yacoub Al-Mazroa, undersecretary for supplies and engineering affairs, said his department was ready to get emergency patients admitted to hospitals after administration of first aid. Special arrangements have been made to treat pilgrims who suffer from sunstroke. Chilled rooms and blankets are kept ready to treat such patients in mobile medical units, he said.
Huge quantities of medicine and vaccines have been stocked up to meet demand, he said, adding that vaccination against meningitis was mandatory for all pilgrims. Vaccination should be administered 10 days before departure and is only active for a period of three years.
He said meningitis might spread during the Haj season, causing outbreaks, especially from pilgrims coming from endemic areas. The vaccine is given to adults and children over the age of two and is not administered on pregnant women.
As authorities finalized Haj preparations, Maj. Gen. Saad Al-Kholaiwi, commander of Haj Security Forces, warned that expatriates attempting to perform Haj without a mandatory permit will be deported immediately. He was addressing a press conference at Mina’s security headquarters.


Green light for crown prince-led Saudi privatization program

Updated 25 April 2018
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Green light for crown prince-led Saudi privatization program

  • The Privatization Program is one of 12 key elements of the Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030
  • The program is aimed at increasing job opportunities for Saudi nationals

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Council of Economic and Development Affairs on Tuesday approved the Privatization Program that is one of 12 key elements of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030. 

The program is aimed at increasing job opportunities for Saudi nationals, attracting the latest technologies and innovations, and supporting economic development.

It encourages both local and foreign investment in order to enhance the role of the private sector, with government entities adopting a regulatory and supervisory role. The aim is to increase the private sector’s contribution to GDP from 40 percent to 65 percent by 2030. 

The program will aim to reach its objectives through encouraging the private sector to invest in establishing new schools, universities and health centers, while the government pursues its organizational and supervisory role in health and education.

The privatization program aims to benefit from previous success stories, with the private sector’s collaboration in the development of infrastructure, and its involvement on a large scale in sectors such as energy, water, transport, telecommunications, petrochemicals and finance.

The program sets out a series of objectives in three areas: Developing a general legal framework for policies related to privatization; establishing organizational foundations and dedicated institutions to execute the policies; and setting a timescale for their delivery. 

The Council of Economic and Development Affairs is headed by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.