MoH announces decrease of infectious diseases in Saudi Arabia

Polio vaccines are given to Hajj pilgrims at the port of entry.
Updated 19 August 2017
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MoH announces decrease of infectious diseases in Saudi Arabia

RIYADH: There has been a decrease in the incidence of infectious diseases in the Kingdom, according to the Ministry of Health.
Ministry spokesman Meshal Al-Rubaian said the incidence of mumps went down by 87 percent compared to 2000; pertussis or whooping cough decreased by 78 percent; and neonatal tetanus dropped by 79 percent, local media quoted him as saying.
Al-Rubaian added that the incidence of chickenpox also went down by 86 percent; new hepatitis infections by 97 percent; and meningococcal infection by 98 percent.
He said that through the National Immunization Program (NIP), the incidence of polio has been reduced by 87 percent compared to 2000. Al-Rubaian said that the last case of the disease in the Kingdom was in 1995, citing the certificate which the Kingdom received in 1997, indicating that it was free of poliomyelitis.
88,858 pilgrims given oral polio vaccine in Madinah
According to an official from the Ministry of Health, a total of 212,130 pilgrims were checked for vaccinations and the ministry had to give the oral polio vaccine to 88,588 pilgrims who had not taken the dose.
The Madinah Health Affairs Directorate has called upon all domestic pilgrims to take the necessary vaccines before performing Hajj this year. Vaccines against seasonal flu and meningitis are available at primary health care centers across the region.
More than 6,000 health professionals have been mobilized in Madinah to ensure pilgrims’ good health and to provide visitors with the required medical services. In addition, 300 specialists, 28 visiting staff and 70 health teams have been hired to provide the necessary technical support during this Hajj Season in Madinah.
Ten hospitals, with a bed capacity of 2,028 beds, are set to receive patients as necessary. The health facilities include Al-Ansar, Ohud, King Fahd, Madinah Maternity and Children, Pilgrims City (Chest), Khaibar, Al-Henakiah and Al-Hemnah hospitals, in addition to cardiology centers. There are 13 additional primary health care centers equipped with state-of-the-art equipment.
Earlier, the ministry said that vaccination against meningitis is mandatory for all local and foreign pilgrims. The flu vaccine is not mandatory but it is desirable to take it considering the climate and susceptibility of pilgrims.
The official advised high-risk patients — those with ailments such as diabetes, hypertension and renal problems — to take the flu vaccine, which will help them perform their Hajj and Umrah rituals without problems.


Riyadh Eid festivities draw more than 1.5 million visitors

Updated 19 June 2018
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Riyadh Eid festivities draw more than 1.5 million visitors

  • The diversity of events the municipality provided this year offered plenty of choice to the capital’s residents and visitors.
  • The garden of King Fahd Library which received visitors over the three days of Eid witnessed interactive and entertainment shows.

JEDDAH: Riyadh municipality Eid Al-Fitr activities attracted more than 1.5 million visitors, residents and citizens over the three-day holiday.
The diversity of events the municipality provided this year offered plenty of choice to the capital’s residents and visitors.
The municipality hosted 200 functions in 30 different locations across the city. It distributed thousands of presents, balloons and candy to children to encourage them to attend Eid prayers and to bring joy to their hearts.
Riyadh’s Eid festivities in Qasr AL-Hokm included the Saudi traditional folk-dance show, activities and competitions for children, as well as folk arts and poetry shows.
The garden of King Fahd Library which received visitors over the three days of Eid witnessed interactive and entertainment shows, as well as artistic activities and sports competitions.
Riyadh municipality organized five theater shows for men and women, including two for men: Shekka Wa Noss, and Tersam Al-Wahch; two plays for women: Banat Al-Social and Umm Suwaileh Al-Sawaqa, and an open play, Al-Qarya Al-Maghdoura.
Riyadh municipality also organized three theater shows for the blind and deaf.
“Al-Qarya Al-Maghdoura” (The Betrayed Village), the first open-theater show in the Kingdom, was held in the showroom of Al-Jazeera neighborhood. It was written, directed and played by Saudis.
The municipality allocated several events and locations for the participation of humanitarian organizations by receiving them and setting private seats for them, in coordination with the Saudi Association for Deaf.
It also organized a special program to entertain women and children over the three days of Eid. The events for women included plays, free drawing and coloring sessions, artifacts and competitions.
Carnival marches were launched in the north and west of Riyadh, by 300 cartoon characters and featured the participation of touring folk groups, along with a solidarity march with soldiers, as well as classic car shows.
The capital’s residents and visitors enjoyed fireworks that lasted 10 minutes and colored the sky of Riyadh at King Fahd International Stadium, a location near King Abdullah Financial District (KAFD) and a location near Wadi Leban Bridge in west Riyadh.