MERS snuffs out 6 more lives

Updated 29 May 2014
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MERS snuffs out 6 more lives

The MERS coronavirus has killed a further six people and infected three others, the Ministry of Health announced on Wednesday.
MERS has now killed 186 since September 2012, with most of the deaths taking place over the past few months in the Kingdom.
Two of the patients who died were from Makkah, a 65-year-old man with diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease; and a 39-year-old woman suffering from diabetes, hypertension, and systemic lupus erythematosus. She was also a steroid user.
The four other casualties were two men in Madinah, 36 and 51, and two women in Riyadh aged 55 and 80.
Meanwhile, Acting Health Minister Adel Fakeih visited Prince Mohammed bin Abdulaziz Hospital in the east of Riyadh on Wednesday. The hospital is one of the three major centers established for the treatment. The minister met with patients and spoke to health officials treating them. He said the Kingdom is working closely with the WHO to control the virus.
Separately, veterinary experts meeting in Paris said scientists lack proof that camels are the source of the deadly virus.
“We know nothing on a potential transmission mode between camels and humans, neither on food products from camels which could be involved,” Bernard Vallat, director general of the World Organization for Animal Health, told a news conference.


Saudi Commission on Tourism and Heritage chief on official visit to Bosnia and Herzegovina 

Mohammad Abdulhameed is raising his daughter Maria single-handedly. (AN photo)
Updated 17 July 2018
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Saudi Commission on Tourism and Heritage chief on official visit to Bosnia and Herzegovina 

JEDDAH: The president of Saudi Arabia’s Commission for Tourism and National Heritage arrived in Sarajevo on Monday, as part of an official visit to Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdulaziz has expressed King Salman’s sincere greetings to the people and the government of  Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

He was then received by the chairman of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bakir Izetbegovic, at their headquarters in the capital, Sarajevo. 

Prince Sultan is on an official state visit to the Balkan state upon the instructions of King Salman, who is keen to bolster ties with the country and open new horizons of cooperation between both states.