WHO chief thanks King Salman for anti-cholera funding

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director general of the World Health Organization (WHO), thanked King Salman for support in fighting cholera in Yemen. (Keystone via AP)
Updated 08 July 2017
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WHO chief thanks King Salman for anti-cholera funding

JEDDAH: The director general of the World Health Organization (WHO), Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, expressed his thanks and appreciation to King Salman for the Saudi Arabia’s donation of $66.7 million to combat cholera in Yemen.
This came during a meeting between Ghebreyesus and Saudi Minister of State and Cabinet member Ibrahim Al-Assaf on the sidelines of the G-20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany.
Earlier, the WHO thanked Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, deputy prime minister and minister of defense, for his donation to stop the spread of cholera in Yemen.
In response to an urgent call for funding, the King Salman Center for Relief and Humanitarian Aid (KSRelief) announced the donation to UNICEF, the WHO and their partners. Activities will center on a combination of water, sanitation and health care activities, which officials say will help save the lives of thousands of Yemenis at risk.
Earlier, UNICEF Director Anthony Lake said in a statement: “We are now facing the worst cholera outbreak in the world, with an average of 5,000 new cases every day.” The agencies say that more than 1,300 people have died — a quarter of them children — and the death toll is expected to rise.
Cholera is a highly contagious bacterial infection spread through contaminated food or water. Although the disease is easily treatable, doing so in conflict-torn Yemen has proved particularly difficult.
UN reports indicate that almost 19 million people — more than two-thirds of Yemen’s total population — are in need of humanitarian assistance, and that 14.5 million people lack access to clean water and sanitation.


Head of Saudi entertainment authority relieved of position

Ahmad Al-Khatib
Updated 16 min 54 sec ago
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Head of Saudi entertainment authority relieved of position

JEDDAH: Ahmad Al-Khatib, the chairman of the Saudi General Entertainment Authority has been removed from his position.

Al-Khatib was appointed to the position in 2016, and had previously been minister of the health. He also served as an adviser to the royal court.

The General Entertainment Authority was established to organize, develop, and lead the entertainment sector to provide exciting entertainment options, and tailored experiences to the needs of people from all walks of life around Saudi Arabia.

Al-Khatib was appointed as chairman of the board of directors of the Saudi Arabian Military Industries (SAMI) in October 2017.

 

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