KSA has one of the highest rates of spinal cord injuries from traffic accidents

Updated 03 December 2016
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KSA has one of the highest rates of spinal cord injuries from traffic accidents

JEDDAH: Yasser Al-Mahmoud, a specialist doctor at the rehabilitation hospital at King Fahd Medical City (KFMC), revealed that the disability rate is up to 8 percent of the population according to a recently published study.
He noted that the Kingdom has one of the highest rates of spinal cord injuries in the world with 62 people injured per 1 million, and the injuries are mostly due to traffic accidents.
“The Kingdom ranks first in material and human losses, and disabilities where the financial losses as a result of traffic accidents are estimated at about SR26 billion annually. It causes the deaths of 16 people every day along with 35 injuries mostly with chronic disabilities,” said Al-Mahmoud.
Al-Mahmoud was speaking at the Rehabilitation Hospital at KFMC at an event to mark World Disability Day under the slogan “My disability does not constrain me. I can challenge it.”
The event witnessed the participation of the relevant bodies from inside and outside KFMC. He revealed that the number of patients who have been met by consultants at the rehabilitation hospital during this year reached 1,728.
“The number of new patients amounted to 896, while the total number of patients received by the outpatient clinics for day and night services, and the new patients and follow up stood at 5,092 people,” added Al-Mahmoud.
He explained the number of patients who were given health consultation services amounted to 364 people, and the number of those hospitalized was 378. The total number of patients who were received by the comprehensive rehabilitation division was 30,678, and 50,278 patients availed themselves of services by the physiotherapy department.
Meanwhile, the head of the committee organizing events on the occasion, Manal Al-Gouth, said the event aims to help people with disabilities to integrate into society, and to deliver their message on the importance of involving people with disabilities in various areas of life, asserting to them that they are important members of society in addition to acknowledging that their abilities qualify them to engage and participate in the activities and efforts of the community.


MiSK, Qiddiya team up for internship program 

Updated 25 March 2019
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MiSK, Qiddiya team up for internship program 

  • Interns will work on entertainment mega-project
  • Program open to university seniors and new graduates

RIYADH: A new internship program for young Saudis has been launched in the Kingdom, following a partnership between Misk Foundation and the Qiddiya Investment Company (QIC).

The program runs from June 16 to Aug. 31, 2019, and provides an opportunity for university seniors and recent graduates to be part of Qiddiya, an entertainment mega-project located 40 minutes from Riyadh.

Interns will have the chance to work at Qiddiya’s corporate offices alongside professionals from around the world and will be placed across 12 departments.

They will learn and develop skills that are required to succeed in their professional lives.

They will also gain exposure to QIC’s culture and learn from executives with over 20 years of experience across several sectors. 

QIC CEO Mike Reininger said: “We are contributing directly to the Saudi Vision (2030 reform plan) by creating a richer lifestyle for Saudi citizens while spurring innovation in the creative, hospitality and entertainment sectors. This unique opportunity allows students and fresh graduates to experience what it takes to be part of the change in Saudi by giving them the chance to work alongside a group of both local and international seasoned professionals. Thanks to this partnership with MiSK, we will be training the next generation of industry leaders.” 

Application to the program is open for those with fewer than two years of professional experience. Candidates must show strong academic credentials and submit a short video as part of their application.

King Salman led the Qiddiya ground-breaking ceremony in front of a global audience last April.

The project is aimed at helping to stem the $30 billion a year which Saudis currently spend abroad on tourism, and has the backing of the Kingdom’s Public Investment Fund.

It targets local, regional and international tourists and will be Saudi Arabia’s preeminent entertainment, sports and cultural destination.

It is expected to be the world’s largest entertainment city by 2030, with a total area of 334 square kilometers, surpassing Walt Disney World in Florida, which is only 110 sq. km.