Toll 61 as MERS takes life of Saudi octogenarian

Updated 25 February 2014
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Toll 61 as MERS takes life of Saudi octogenarian

A woman has died from the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) coronavirus, bringing to 61 the number of deaths from the SARS-related disease in the Kingdom.
A statement by the Ministry of Health said that the 81-year-old Saudi woman, who was chronically ill, died in a Riyadh hospital on Sunday.
The woman was among 147 people who have been infected with the virus in the Kingdom since the new coronavirus was discovered by scientists in September 2012.
Of the total of 182 cases of MERS infection worldwide reported to World Health Organization (WHO), 80 have died, including the 61 in Saudi Arabia.
Health officials said most of the dead MERS victims in the Kingdom have also been diagnosed to be suffering from other diseases.
The 60th fatality, who died a week ago was a 22-year-old Saudi who was also suffering from cancer, according to the MOH.
Experts are struggling to understand the disease, for which there is no vaccine.


Saudi Arabia's KSRelief distributes assistance to Syrian refugees in Lebanon

KSRelief distributed assistance to Syrian refugees. (SPA/file)
Updated 21 April 2018
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Saudi Arabia's KSRelief distributes assistance to Syrian refugees in Lebanon

  • KSRelief seeks to ensure that the living conditions of Syrian refugees are in accordance with international specifications
  • The center also distributed 3,500 cartons of dates in the villages of Izzala Al-Jumah in Yemen

JEDDAH: The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) distributed humanitarian aid including birth kits, personal bags and baby blankets to Syrian female refugees staying in Osman Hospital and Central Hospital in Kattermaya, Kharoub province of Lebanon on Friday.

This distribution is within the framework of the assistance provided by the center for displaced Syrians and refugees in neighboring countries. 

KSRelief seeks to ensure that the living conditions of Syrian refugees are in accordance with international specifications through various relief programs. 

Earlier, winter blankets, jackets, jumpers, hats and other items were distributed to meet the basic needs of refugee families.

The center also distributed 3,500 cartons of dates in the villages of Izzala Al-Jumah in Al-Mukha directorate in Taiz governorate, benefiting 21,000 people.

In addition, 36 trucks with 469,483 kg of relief, shelter and medicines crossed Al-Wadiaa border on Thursday evening as part of the KSRelief plan to help Yemenis.

Of this total, 26 trucks with 500 food baskets, weighing 375 tons, in addition to 43,173 kg of shelter items, will be heading to Maareb province, and ten trucks carrying 42,221 kg of shelter items and 9.89 tons of medications will go to Aden.

On Thursday, the Bahraini Royal Charity Foundation and the Khalifa bin Zayed Foundation for Humanitarian Affairs signed an MoU for the establishment of the Bahrain Health Center in Aden, Yemen, at a cost of $2 million, in the presence of Ahmed bin Ali Al-Bayez, assistant general supervisor of operations and programs at KSRelief, and a number of officials. SPA, Jeddah