Saudi Arabia's drug prevention agencies raise awareness of narcotics

National Drug Prevention Project (Nebras), in cooperation with National Committee for Drug Control, presents the awareness packs to Saudi citizens at the King Abdulaziz Camel Festival, recently held in Riyadh. (SPA)
Updated 21 April 2017

Saudi Arabia's drug prevention agencies raise awareness of narcotics

RIYADH: Maj. Gen. Ahmed bin Saadi Al-Zahrani, general-director of the General Directorate for Drug Control, said the directorate, in cooperation with the National Drug Prevention Project (Nebras) distributed drug awareness pamphlets at the recently concluded King Abdulaziz Camel Festival to alert festival-goers of the dangers of drugs.
Awareness packs were distributed to the festival visitors and presents were given to children, who also enjoyed an art corner where they could draw images highlighting human values.
Al-Zahrani said the directorate will make sure it secures a presence at all occasions and activities, particularly those involving families, to spread awareness about the dangers of narcotics and their negative effect on individuals, society and the nation as a whole.
Abdullilah bin Mohammed Al-Sharif, secretary-general of Nebras and chairman of the National Commission for Narcotics Control, said that the festival was a cultural and sports venue that highlights Saudi Arabia’s heritage and civilization.
As such, he said, Nebras makes sure it takes part in such gatherings as part of its effort to increase people’s awareness to the danger of drugs.
He added that the directorate works hard to increase the level of awareness and create an integrated social and health environment free from disease and epidemics, as well as from drugs and psychotropic substances.
Al-Sharif said that the country is exerting efforts to address the phenomenon of drug addiction, and eventually eliminate it.
These efforts are in line with the Nebras project, which strives to unite all efforts in the fight against drugs in the Kingdom by “developing preventive plans and programs to prevent the spread of these drugs in our homes, and organizing awareness-raising activities that disseminate knowledge about the deleterious effects of drugs and give those taking them the power to refuse using them.”
Exhibition supervisor Col. Sami bin Khaled Al-Hmoud, director of the Directorate of Guidance at the General Directorate for Drug Control, said that the exhibition consisted of five sections where security experts talked about the devastating results of drugs on society and the psychology of the persons taking them.
He also detailed the symptoms of those abusing drugs and the methods used to push drugs, as well as drug labels, to help parents become aware and exercise control over their children.
Various services were also provided by concerned authorities to addicts, at the exhibition.
Al-Hmoud said that during the exhibition, several awareness films were screened, explaining to visitors the dangers involved in drug abuse.

KSRelief 45-vehicle aid convoy heads to Hodeidah

KSRelief General Supervisor Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah speaks to media in Riyadh on Wednesday. (SPA)
Updated 20 June 2018

KSRelief 45-vehicle aid convoy heads to Hodeidah

  • Al-Rabeeah said KSRelief had carried out a total of 262 aid projects in all governorates of Yemen
  • Al-Rabeeah called on international humanitarian organizations to provide relief assistance to the people of Yemen.

RIYADH: A 45-vehicle aid convoy carrying 924 tons of foodstuffs, medical and housing supplies left Saudi Arabia for the Yemeni province of Hodeidah on Wednesday.

Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah, KSRelief general supervisor, said that 18 of the trucks were sent from Sharurah, 15 from Jazan and 12 from Riyadh.

The convoy included 595 tons of food baskets, 186 tons of dates, 95 tons of medicines, and 48 ​​tons of shelter materials, tents, rugs and blankets for the residents of the province of Hodeidah.

Al-Rabeeah said KSRelief had carried out a total of 262 aid projects in all governorates of Yemen.

He called on international humanitarian organizations to provide relief assistance to the people of Yemen.

The Arab coalition has secured all Yemeni crossings for humanitarian aid to alleviate Yemeni people’s suffering caused by violations committed by the Iran-backed Houthi militias, who have been looting humanitarian aid to Yemen, Al-Rabeeah said.

 “We have been always by the side of Yemeni civilians. Our prime goal is to alleviate the humanitarian situation in Yemen in general and Hodeidah in particular. We will use all transportation means, land, air or seaports, to help our brothers and sisters in Hodeidah,” he added. 

“We are welcoming coordination with the international humanitarian organizations to have a joint effort that will definitely pour into the civilians in Hodeidah to reduce the humanitarian crisis there as the coalition has expressed its full readiness to protect the aid and facilitate the means to reach different destinations,” Al-Rabeeah said.

Abdulsalam Babood, senior official to the Yemeni government and a member of Yemeni Relief Committee, said: “On behalf of my country and the Yemeni people, I would like to express my thanks and appreciation to King Salman and the crown prince for their unmatched generosity and unwavering support to the Yemeni civilians in terms of medical supplies and food and other needed items for survival.

“Hodeidah has been suffering from the humanitarian crisis over the past three years due to the full control imposed by the Houthi militants on them. Starvation and the big shortage in medical supplies and medications and huge environmental issues are the main struggles of the people there. International reports estimate that 61 percent of people in Hodeidah are in urgent need of essential supplies. We then put a plan to cope with this humanitarian crisis.”