Expats guard against coronavirus

Updated 28 April 2014
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Expats guard against coronavirus

Indian and Sri Lankan missions have launched extensive awareness campaigns and alerts among their nationals about the rapidly spreading Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV).
Sri Lanka has alerted its missions in the Middle East to take precautionary measures among its expatriates in the region.
Mangala Randeniya, spokesman of the Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment (SLBFE), told Arab News from Colombo that the bureau has alerted all its overseas missions about the deadly virus.
“Even though not a single Sri Lankan has been affected so far, we, as a government, are tasked with alerting our overseas workers,” Randeniya said.
There are 1.5 million Sri Lankans living in the Middle East and nearly one third of them are in the Kingdom, he said.
“Colombo International Airport has been alerted to take note of any arriving passenger suspected to be infected with the coronavirus,” he said. “Our SLBFE desk at the airport will identify such incoming passengers and provide them with immediate medical treatment.”
Paba Palihawadana, chief epidemiologist at the Health Ministry’s Epidemiology Unit, said the authorities have put in place a mechanism to create awareness among community members. “There are educational programs conducted through the Bureau of Foreign Employment, travel agencies and Sri Lankan embassies to ensure that travelers and workers to the region are aware of the risks,” she said.
The Indian Social Forum in Jeddah (ISFJ) has launched a coronavirus awareness campaign to raise public understanding about the virus among its nationals. The forum organized a series of camps in Jeddah and other parts of Western Province with the support of the Ministry of Health.
Acting Indian Consul General Mohammed Shaikh inaugurated the campaign on Friday.
Muneera Balahmar, director of health education and community medicine consultant at the Health Ministry, gave a detailed overview about the virus and ways to prevent its spread.
Forum President Ashraf Morayur said the campaign would focus on areas of large gatherings in Jeddah, a port of arrival for thousands of pilgrims.


FaceOf: Abdulrahman bin Mohammed Al-Assimi, Saudi deputy minister of education

Dr. Abdulrahman bin Mohammed Al-Assimi
Updated 11 December 2018
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FaceOf: Abdulrahman bin Mohammed Al-Assimi, Saudi deputy minister of education

  • Al-Assimi obtained a Ph.D. in curriculum and teaching methods from the University of West Virginia, US, in 2001
  • Al-Assimi has also served the Shoura Council for two consecutive terms from 2005 to 2008

Dr. Abdulrahman bin Mohammed Al-Assimi has been the deputy minister of education since April 2017.

On Monday, Al-Assimi received the general supervisor of the Saudi Digital Library, Dr. Saud bin Musa Al-Salahi, and other members of the library staff at his office. The library recently received the Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum Knowledge Award 2018.

The deputy minister congratulated Education Minister Dr. Ahmed bin Mohammed Al-Issa on this achievement and praised the library’s role in provided world-class services to its users.

Al-Assimi obtained a Ph.D. in curriculum and teaching methods from the University of West Virginia, US, in 2001.

He began his career as a teacher. Later, he switched to administrative roles in the education department and served as a supervisor, director of education, a Shoura Council member and director of Prince Sattam bin Abdul Aziz University. 

From 2001 to 2003, he served as the director of practical program management at the Ministry of Education. Prior to that, he was curricula supervisor of national education at the ministry.

Al-Assimi also served as the assistant director general of educational research at the Ministry of Education from 2003 to 2004. Subsequently, he was appointed the director of education in Al-Kharj region and worked in that position from 2004 to 2005. 

He has also served the Shoura Council for two consecutive terms from 2005 to 2008.

Al-Assimi has also co-authored books for high school students. He presented a study on vocational training for teachers in the Gulf countries, and another study on the evaluation of training courses for the employees of the educational sector.