All schools to have MERS clinics

Updated 18 May 2014
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All schools to have MERS clinics

The Education Ministry has ordered all schools to set up health clinics to prevent the spread of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) coronavirus and other infectious diseases.
Minister of Education Prince Khaled Al-Faisal issued an order recently for every school to allocate a room stocked with medical equipment and medicines.
The aim is to provide treatment and spread awareness of health issues among students and staff, according to a source in the Jeddah education department. The ministerial order also requires the education department to launch awareness drives in all provinces and governorates.
They must also coordinate their plans with the Ministry of Health, the source said.
The source said that the education ministry would provide all schools with water, soap, and toilet paper for personal use.
Khaled Mirghalani, adviser to the health minister and general supervisor of the media health awareness campaign, said the awareness programs at schools are part of the health ministry’s plan to prevent the spread of MERS.
“This is one of the largest and most comprehensive campaigns launched by the health ministry, with the support of top officials,” Mirghalani said.
He said the campaign links health officials in all provinces and governorates, and promotes cooperation with community organizations.
In a related development, education departments have started distributing sterilization liquid to all officials in the department and other establishments. The bottles will be placed close to lifts, toilets and doors.


Two Holy Mosques program receives international award

The Two Holy Mosques program has received the Sharjah International Cultural Heritage award for its achievements. (SPA)
Updated 28 min ago
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Two Holy Mosques program receives international award

  • The state adopted the program presented by the SCTH four years ago
  • King Salman’s initiative to care for cultural heritage is one of the outputs presented by the SCTH

RIYADH: The Two Holy Mosques program to care for the Kingdom’s cultural heritage has received the Sharjah International Cultural Heritage award for its achievements.
It was described as an unprecedented national program sponsoring projects and efforts related to all aspects of national heritage.
King Salman’s initiative to care for cultural heritage is one of the outputs presented by the SCTH, sponsored and financed by the country, and it is being carried out as part of the important initiatives of Saudi Vision 2030 with more than SR5 billion ($1.3 billion) allocated in the current phase. The initiative includes 10 courses, each under implementation consisting of a number of main projects that amount to more than 330 in total.
The state adopted the program presented by the SCTH four years ago and financed within the National Transformation Program with more than SR4 billion ($1 billion).
The program includes the establishment of 18 museums in the Kingdom, 80 heritage sites and opening them to visitors, the restoration of 18 villages and traditional towns to visitors.