Fakeih: MERS under control

Updated 15 July 2014
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Fakeih: MERS under control

Acting Health Minister Adel Fakeih said in Makkah on Sunday that there is a remarkable decline in the number of new MERS coronavirus cases in the Kingdom in recent days.
The minister made this statement when he visited the Jiyad Hospital, health facilities and the central laboratory in Makkah on Sunday night.
He thanked authorities who made concerted efforts to wage a successful battle against the virus. There have been no new cases over the past four days, he said.
The spread of the disease has been brought well under control, indicating that there were no new cases since Thursday.
MERS has claimed 295 lives and infected 721 people since September 2012.
A total of 39 people are still undergoing treatment and 387 patients were discharged from hospital after making a full recovery.
One death and four new cases have been recorded in a seven-day period.
The casualties were were all Saudi men from Taif, Riyadh and Hofuf, while a Saudi man, aged 70, died in Taif.
Among the major measures taken by the Ministry of Health to combat the virus was the launch of a Kingdom-wide awareness campaign on the coronavirus in cooperation with the World Health Organization (WHO) by Fakeih.
During his visit to the Jiyad hospital, the minister listened to the progress made by the hospital in offering premium health care services to men, women and children.
The minister also urged health authorities to offer top-class health care services to pilgrims and local patients. No pilgrims has been affected by MERS so far.
Aside from 151 beds in intensive care units and 278 beds for emergency patients, there are 1,836 hospital beds in Makkah.
There are nine hospitals and 86 primary health care centers in the holy city.


Digital-screen buses aim to boost Saudi patriotism

Saudi Islamic Affairs organized a wide range of activities, including a display of Saudi leadership’s visuals on digital-screen buses. (SPA)
Updated 25 September 2018
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Digital-screen buses aim to boost Saudi patriotism

  • King Abdul Aziz International Competition for Memorizing the Holy Qur’an” will be held at the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah on Oct. 6

RIYADH: To mark the National Day, the Ministry of Islamic Affairs organized a wide range of activities, including a display of Saudi leadership’s visuals on digital-screen buses, as well as cars distributing gifts among citizens and expats in Riyadh and other cities.
Under the directives of Minister of Islamic Affairs, Sheikh Abdullatif bin Abdul Aziz Al-Asheikh, more than 28 million text messages are being sent through the Saudi Telecom Company (STC) to promote national values.  The move is taken in cooperation with the General Directorate for Scientific and Intellectual Awareness.
Separately, authorities said recently that “King Abdul Aziz International Competition for Memorizing the Holy Qur’an” will be held at the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah on Oct. 6.
Commenting on the event, Al-Asheikh praised King Salman for his special care and attention for the competition. Al-Asheikh said the contest it aimed to encourage Muslims to memorize, recite and interpret the holy book. He noted that the ministry has completed its preparations to receive participants for the competition.