Separated Sudanese conjoined twins moved to pediatric ward

Separated Sudanese twins Rammah and Waddah at the pediatric ward of King Abdullah Specialty Children’s Hospital in Riyadh.
Updated 06 November 2016
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Separated Sudanese conjoined twins moved to pediatric ward

RIYADH: On the recommendations of chief surgeon Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah, the separated Sudanese conjoined twins were moved to the pediatric ward following a week’s treatment in the intensive care unit at the hospital in Riyadh.
The twins, Rammah and Waddah, were successfully separated a week ago in an 11-hour surgery performed by a medical team led by Al-Rabeeah at the King Abdullah Specialty Children’s Hospital, King Abdul Aziz Medical City, Ministry of National Guard-Health Affairs in the capital.
The conjoined twins, together with their parents, were flown to the Kingdom from Khartoum weeks ago.
The multidisciplinary medical team, which performed the separation, comprised 28 doctors from various medical specialties such as anesthesia, pediatric surgery, pediatric urology, plastic surgery, and pediatric orthopedic surgery, plus nursing and support departments.
On admission to the pediatric ward, Al-Rabeeah said that all vital signs are stable and that the twins have begun to consume food normally. "Both will undergo physiotherapy and rehabilitation treatment for a couple of weeks to reach full recovery,” the surgeon added.
Prior to the surgery, the twins, who weighed 18 kg, were joined at the abdomen and pelvis, and each twin had one lower limb in addition to sharing a deformed third limb. The success rate of the surgery was predicted at 70 percent prior to the operation.
Haroun Ishak, father of the twins, said his family is grateful to Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman, and thankful to the medical team which was ably led by Al-Rabeeah, a former health of minister of the Kingdom, for helping give the infants a new lease of life.
The parents’ passage to and from Riyadh, their accommodation charges while in the Kingdom and all medical expenses related to the surgery were borne by the government as a humanitarian gesture on the directive of King Salman.
This was the 42nd case to be separated by the Saudi team and it also marked the 24th case of conjoined twins to be separated by a Saudi multidisciplinary team which has reviewed 97 cases from 19 countries since 1999.
Saudi Arabia has a team of top surgeons specializing in the separation of twins with the experience of treating a good number of twins from several countries. Besides the Kingdom, the twins came from Sudan, Syria, Yemen, Egypt, Pakistan, Malaysia, the Philippines, Poland, Morocco and Iraq.
In 2014, a pair of Sudanese conjoined twins, Mamdooh and Mahmood, were successfully separated here.


Plans afoot to expand teaching of Chinese in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Education Minister Hamad bin Mohammed Al-Asheikh. (SPA)
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Plans afoot to expand teaching of Chinese in Saudi Arabia

  • Move to set up language learning in various stages of education in Saudi Arabia

RIYADH: The Ministry of Education launched the “Teaching Chinese Language in Education” workshop at the ministry’s headquarters in Riyadh on Saturday.
It was attended by the Chinese ambassador to the Kingdom, officials from the Chinese Embassy, presidents of Saudi universities and education officials in the Kingdom.
Saudi Education Minister Hamad bin Mohammed Al-Asheikh said that the inclusion of the Chinese language in the various stages of education in the Kingdom stemmed from the desire to diversify the language tools in education, based on the strategic and economic importance of the Chinese language now and in the future.
He also stressed the importance of having a clear plan to qualify a number of teachers in intensive programs for up to a year to teach Chinese for the target stages, which could include selected schools from the secondary level in different regions in the first three years.
“There is a plan for numerical expansion, based on the requirements and expansion of the intermediate educational stage,” he said. “This expansion should be accompanied by training a number of teachers in programs developed in cooperation with the Chinese side for a year and with the department of external education to qualify teachers to teach Chinese.”
King Saud University reviewed the experience of teaching the Chinese language in the workshop, indicating that it started to introduce Chinese in 2010, and has graduated 35 students so far. They are currently working in the ministries of foreign affairs, media and a number of military sectors. They were used in translation programs, accompanying Chinese delegations, and during the pilgrimage seasons.
“When we say China or the Chinese economy is expected to be the primary economy (in the world) in eight years, this means establishing a strong relationship with this economy based on the common interests of the two countries,” Al-Asheikh said.
He said that the overall strategic goal of teaching Chinese was to make it the third language parallel to English and with the same level of horizontal and vertical spread in the two education systems.
Al-Asheikh expressed his optimism about the strategic direction of increasing cooperation between the Kingdom and China as great economies and civilizations.