Man, 54, dies of MERS in Jubail

Updated 24 October 2013
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Man, 54, dies of MERS in Jubail

A Jubail citizen who had been infected with the coronavirus died two days ago in one of the city’s hospitals, bringing the death toll from the virus to 52.
Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) is a viral respiratory illness caused by a coronavirus called MERS-CoV.
The virus first appeared in Jubail last week when the 121st case in the Kingdom was reported. The Ministry of Health said in a recent statement that the 54-year-old citizen came from the Riyadh province. He had not traveled outside the Eastern and Riyadh Provinces prior to contracting the virus.
The victim had suffered several chronic diseases and was admitted to the hospital’s primary care.
This is the first case to be recorded in Jubail since the outbreak of the virus, a source at the Health Ministry confirmed.


Saudi Arabia’s first ‘smart’ pharmacy inaugurated

Updated 21 July 2018
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Saudi Arabia’s first ‘smart’ pharmacy inaugurated

TABUK: Prince Fahd bin Sultan, governor of Tabuk region, inaugurated the Kingdom’s first smart pharmacy — operated by a robot — at King Fahd Specialist Hospital on Thursday, following his meeting with the province’s director general of health affairs, Ghurmallah bin Abdullah Al-Ghamdi.
It is hoped that the smart pharmacy — which can dispense 1,500 packages of medicine per hour, store over 20,000 packages of medicine, reject expired drugs, and deal with 240 prescriptions per hour — will save the time of patients and pharmacists, ensure better control of drug stocks, provide the highest safety standards, and reduce medication errors.
The pharmacy has six outlets, one of which is dedicated to serving disabled people.
Prince Fahd congratulated Tabuk Health Affairs on this achievement, which he said would contribute to better health care services.
He stressed that serving citizens was the main objective and praised the role of young men and women in meeting the requirements of the future.
He also thanked King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for their support for the health care sector in Saudi Arabia.
Al-Ghamdi thanked Prince Fahd for his support for the health care sector in the province.