Taif restaurant shut down after 150 suffer food poisoning

Nine out of the 150 cases found medical treatment in nearby medical clinics while the rest were admitted to various hospitals for treatment. (AN photo)
Updated 18 January 2017
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Taif restaurant shut down after 150 suffer food poisoning

RIYADH: A restaurant in Taif has been shut down and its workers told to take medical tests after 150 of its customers suffered food poisoning.
The control center of the Ministry of Health received an SOS call from a hospital at 7:45 a.m. on Monday, when 36 cases were admitted to a hospital as a result of food poisoning, according to an official from the ministry.
On receiving the alert from the hospital, the official said, the ministry sent out 15 medical teams to receive the increased number of patients which brought the total number of victims to 150.
Nine out of the 150 cases found medical treatment in nearby medical clinics while the other 141 were admitted to various hospitals for emergency treatment.
According to the latest information received by Arab News, many patients have been discharged from the hospital, while others are taking treatment in different facilities.
Currently, six children are in a pediatric hospital, 45 patients are kept under observation in Thurbah Hospital, seven patients in Khurma hospital and 19 in Qiyah hospital.
A total of 73 people among the victims have gone home after medical treatment.
The official said that legal action will be taken against the owner of the restaurant if the food outlet is found to have violated any of the regulations of the local authorities. The ministry has already appointed a committee of inquiry to look into the matter.


Saudi Red Crescent launches app to use in emergency

The app users can send an urgent distress signal in extreme emergencies to the Red Crescent. (SPA)
Updated 9 min 48 sec ago
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Saudi Red Crescent launches app to use in emergency

  • The App allows ambulance teams to locate users and provides a list of the nearest health facilities
  • The Aseafni app also supports users with special needs — people with impaired hearing or speech

RIYADH: The Saudi Red Crescent Authority has launched the “Aseafni” application to receive emergency service requests through smartphones in six different languages, reported the Saudi Press Agency.
It is part of its efforts to provide the best emergency services across the Kingdom.
The app allows users to report an incident using a smartphone, call an emergency team, request help by sending a distress signal, and view the report’s status and track it.
It also allows ambulance teams to locate users and provides a list of the nearest health facilities, the emergency numbers of other relief agencies, and the option of logging a person’s medical history.
The Aseafni app also supports users with special needs — people with impaired hearing or speech — by allowing them to send distress signals or request an emergency service without having to make a phone call.
The app users can also send an urgent distress signal in extreme emergencies to the Red Crescent and other emergency contacts (family and friends) through the SMS service. AN Riyadh