Saudi private sector can now treat drug addicts

Minister of Health Tawfiq Al-Rabiah. (SPA)
Updated 10 January 2017
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Saudi private sector can now treat drug addicts

RIYADH: Minister of Health Tawfiq Al-Rabiah has adopted and included drug rehabilitation centers within health services support system in the private sector.
In a statement on Monday, the ministry said the private sector can treat and rehabilitate drug addicts at hospitals specializing in addiction treatment, departments within hospitals, specialized clinics for addiction treatment, or addiction rehabilitation centers, in accordance with rehabilitation and treatment controls for private health care institutions.
The ministry stressed the importance of these establishments to comply with rules and requirements pertaining to buildings and equipment, as well as in treatment stages and medical cadres.
One of the conditions, according to the ministry, is that the location of the facility be appropriate with the provision of public services, transportation and easy access. Establishments also must meet conditions pertaining to building and equipment that take into account patient and employee safety, such as ensuring that no equipment be accessible to patients that they could use to harm themselves or others, as per international and local safety standards.
The ministry also emphasized the need to apply a comprehensive, clear and customary treatment program that has been adopted and approved by the ministry. The program should include detection and diagnosis for addiction patients, as well as provision of comprehensive and integrated medical treatment services by a qualified and diversely specialized medical team.
As per treatment standards, these should include a detoxification stage, basic treatment, rehabilitation and aftercare stages, as well as address other psychological diseases, or behavioral problems associated with addiction.
The treatment program should also look at family or social problems that contribute to addiction. Appropriate programs should be created to prevent relapse, including the involvement of family in the treatment program.
The ministry also stressed the importance of maintaining patient confidentiality. All patient files should be secured electronically. The supervisor of the establishment should be a specialized Saudi national (a doctor or specialist in health care administration) with preferable experience in addition treatment, the ministry said.
The treatment team should be headed by a consultant physician in psychiatry specializing in addiction treatment, while the treatment team at the establishment should include specialists in clinical psychology, addiction treatment, public health, nursing, therapy, sports training and religious guidance. A doctor of internal medicine should also be present to deal with any diseases or problems resulting from addiction.


New technologies help increase number of flights, passengers in Saudi Arabia’s airports — GACA

Updated 24 March 2019
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New technologies help increase number of flights, passengers in Saudi Arabia’s airports — GACA

  • More than 99.86 million passengers departed or arrived through 771,828 flights in the Kingdom's international and domestic airports in 2018
  • GACA is due to host Global Aviation Summit 2019 on April 1 and 2 in Riyadh

JEDDAH: New technologies applied in Saudi Arabia's airports has contributed to aviation growth in the Kingdom and has provided solutions for passenger’s trips, air cargo and investments, the General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) has said.

GACA earlier reported an 8 percent increase in passenger numbers and 4 percent in flight rates in 2018.

It said more than 99.86 million passengers departed or arrived through 771,828 flights in the Kingdom's international and domestic airports in 2018, compared to 92.42 million passengers on board 741,293 flights in 2017.

"The GACA is keen to adopt plans to develop the Kingdom's airports network in order to keep pace with the steady increase in air traffic, increase the reliability of services, maximize geographic coverage and enhance the contribution of the airports to the overall economic growth of the country," it said.

For example, it said, GACA provides information through technology to reduce paperwork, operating costs and streamline business processes while reducing time to address them.

Most prominent among these e-services is the “Self-Services at the Kingdom's airports” that include check-in kiosks that provide boarding passes and luggage identification cards and self-service baggage drops that allows passengers to self-check their luggage.

It also provides self-scanning devices for bags in the arrival halls, ensuring that all baggage and other cargo arrive at the airport through the installation of electronic gates for the passage of freight vehicles before being emptied into the luggage compartment. 

Electronic gates and document scanning machines ensure that a traveler's information is correct and that boarding passes, passports, national identity and residency are valid.

Other services include airport operations systems and flight information display for some domestic airports.

To ensure accuracy in the flight schedules, GACA said it is working on a project to link the Saudi Arabian Airlines traffic management system to the Airport Management System, of which 50 percent has been completed.

GACA is due to host Global Aviation Summit 2019 on April 1 and 2 in Riyadh to review the infrastructure projects for airports and smart airports, the available opportunities to operate the airports and provide advanced services and consultations in civil aviation, among others.