MERS-stricken hospital gets new managers; death toll now at 117

Updated 20 May 2014

MERS-stricken hospital gets new managers; death toll now at 117

Acting Health Minister Adel Fakeih has appointed a new team to manage King Fahd Hospital in Jeddah, where a spike in Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) infections among medical staff has sparked public panic.
Fakeih announced the new team on Twitter as he launched an awareness campaign to help stop the spread of the disease, which has killed 117 people in the kingdom as of Wednesday.
In its latest update, the Ministry of Health said Wednesday that the total number of MERS infections in the kingdom since September 2012 has risen to 431.
The latest deaths included a 68-year-old woman who had been previously recorded as a confirmed MERS case in Jeddah and a 60-year-old man in Madinah. Both died on May 5, said the MOH report.
Fakeih urged the public to extend their cooperation in combating the virus by practicing simple precautions.
The campaign urges people not only to follow strict measures of hygiene, but specifically to avoid sick camels and refrain from eating raw camel meat or drinking unboiled camel milk.
Some researchers think the virus may have been passed on to humans by camels.
Fakeih, who is the incumbent labor minister, was named acting health minister in a concurrent capacity after Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah relieved Health Minister Abdullah Al-Rabeah of his post last month.
Fakieh said on Twitter late Tuesday that he had sacked the head of King Fahd Hospital and named Dr. Emad Al-Jahdali as the new director-general and Dr. Hani Jahdar and Dr. Mohammed Qaroot as assistant directors-general.
Al-Jahdali is an Occupational and Environmental Medicine Consultant physician with a Canadian Medical Residency training degree from University of Alberta / Edmonton/ Canada, Fellow of both the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and the American College of Occupational and Environmental medicine. He has more than 21 years of extensive hands on experience in various clinical, administrative, and executive leadership roles, including his tenures at Saudi Aramco, King Abdullah University for Science & Technology and the International Medical Center (IMC).
The Jeddah hospital was temporarily shut last month after several health workers were infected by MERS. The panic that followed prompted at least four doctors to resign in mid-April after they refused to treat MERS patients for fear of infection.
Fakeih has reiterated his commitment to offer the best health services to the people in the Kingdom and assured that health care services would be delivered promptly to those who seek medical assistance from his ministry hospitals .
“The Government is doing its best to prevent the spread of the MERS coronavirus. Now we need the help of the public in implementing simple precautions to prevent the spread of the virus,” he said.
“The campaign is based on expert medical advice from respected organizations and health care professionals. We would like to thank them for their important contributions in its implementation ,” he added.
He said the public awareness campaign is to combat the MERS Corona virus and to empower the public with crucial up-to-date information required to play their part in combatting the virus.
Dr. Sami Badawood, spokesman of the Jeddah Health Affairs Department, said Fakeih has important messages to health workers which he wanted to deliver in person. He said each hospital director should personally responsible for the anti-infection program, and noted that infection fighting procedures need more follow up from hospital leaderships to reach the required level. He stressed that the presence of hospital leaderships with the working team has positive impacts on the workers.

Comoros minister praises Muslim World League's development work

Muslim World League Secretary-General Mohammed bin Abdul Karim Al-Issa distributes aid packets among poor families in Comoros. (SPA)
Updated 27 April 2018

Comoros minister praises Muslim World League's development work

  • The league’s contribution to the medical field totaled SR6,948,032
  • The league established six educational institutes more than 30 years ago

Comoros’s Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Hamid Karhila, has commended the development efforts carried out by the Muslim World League (MWL) in his country. 

He also expressed his government’s gratitude to the MWL for its initiative launched by Secretary-General Muhammad bin Abdul Karim Al-Issa.

Karhila said during a visit to the headquarters of the International Association for Relief, Care and Development (IARCD): “The new Comorian government aims to keep this cooperation with the MWL. This would help achieve more developmental and humanitarian projects that serve the Comorian people.”

Secretary-General of the IARCD Abdul Aziz Sarhan said: “The Muslim World League will continue to provide assistance and stand with the needy in all countries around the world.”

Sarhan said that the association carried out various humanitarian, medical and relief projects in the Comoros at a cost of SR10,916,645. These projects benefited 1,104,969 people between 2006 and 2017.

The league’s contribution to the medical field totaled SR6,948,032, which benefited 971,333 people. 

The league established six educational institutes more than 30 years ago. These institutes graduated thousands of students who occupy some of the highest positions in the Republic of the Comoros.

The MWL is also building a mosque at a cost of SR200,000 and working on the construction of an artesian well that cost SR130,000, as well as two surface wells at a cost of SR20,000.