Hajj ambulances fully equipped, maintained: Saudi Red Crescent

The department’s plan is to provide permanent and seasonal aid stations with the necessary medical supplies. (SPA)
Updated 24 August 2017
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Hajj ambulances fully equipped, maintained: Saudi Red Crescent

JEDDAH: All ambulances operating during the Hajj season have been fully equipped with first aid supplies, and medical tools and equipment have undergone the required maintenance, said Eid bin Mohammed Al-Eid, head of the medical supply department at the Saudi Red Crescent Authority (SRCA).
The department’s plan is to provide permanent and seasonal aid stations with the necessary medical supplies, and ensure that ambulances on duty during Hajj never run short, he added.
The plan also provides support to emergency medical teams, ambulance centers and volunteers, Al-Eid said.
The authority’s medical supply department will deploy a technical team to examine ambulances on duty at the holy sites, and provide them with round-the-clock supplies and maintenance of their equipment during the Hajj season, he added.
Recently, the Technical and Vocational Training Corp. and the SRCA in the Makkah region have implemented a first-aid program for 200 scouts and rovers at a camp in Jeddah to prepare them to serve pilgrims in Makkah.
The director general of the corporation in the Makkah region, Faisal Kadsah, stressed the importance of the camp in serving pilgrims.
He expressed appreciation for the efforts of the General Administration for Trainee Affairs, which supports the employment of trainees during the Hajj season.
He said the participation of the corporation is part of efforts by the public and private sectors to serve pilgrims, with the full support of the government.
The leader of the scout camp, Walid bin Khalid Filimban, said the corporation qualifies its trainees to deal professionally with all cases.
He stressed the necessity of knowing first-aid principles.


Saudi royal decree guarantees allowances to cover cost of living for new fiscal year

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Saudi royal decree guarantees allowances to cover cost of living for new fiscal year

A royal decree by Saudi Arabia’s King Salman ordered the continuation of allowances covering the cost of living for civil sector employees for the new fiscal year on Tuesday.

The decree states that 1,000 Saudi riyals ($266) would be given to citizens on a monthly basis.  This will continue for one year until the study of the social protection system is completed.

Saudi Arabia also announced plans to increase state spending by more than seven percent next year in an effort to spur economic growth, which has been hurt by low oil prices, according to a 2019 budget released by the finance ministry.