1,400 surgeries performed by Saudi Health Ministry hospitals for Hajj pilgrims

A Ministry of Health ambulance on standby for emergencies at a corner of the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah. (SPA file photo)
Updated 26 August 2017
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1,400 surgeries performed by Saudi Health Ministry hospitals for Hajj pilgrims

MAKKAH: Some 1,400 surgeries for Hajj pilgrims have been performed so far this month by Health Ministry hospitals in Makkah and Madinah, the ministry said, adding that its hospitals offer various specialized services.
Up until Wednesday, 147 cardiac catheterizations, seven open heart surgeries, 901 renal dialysis and 42 endoscopic procedures were performed.
The number of pilgrims who went to emergency rooms reached 11,837, while 17,974 went to clinics.
Each Hajj season the ministry implements the Save a Life program, which offers free health services including open heart surgery, cardiac catheterization, dialysis, endoscopy and childbirth delivery.
The ministry is working on activating field-based medical services and emergency rooms during Hajj. In this context, it has prepped 100 small ambulances that work as intensive care mobile units to handle emergencies, as well as 80 high-tech large ambulances.
The ministry said it is deploying all its human resources to help pilgrims, appointing some 29,000 medical professionals for this Hajj season.

No-Tobacco Campaign
intensifies efforts to raise awareness among pilgrims
The 2017 Hajj No-Tobacco Campaign groups affiliated to the Anti-Smoking Committee in Makkah on Thursday visited the headquarters of the six guidance and information centers affiliated to the Hajj Ministry, in coordination with the ministry’s branch in Makkah.
The aim was to cooperate and benefit from the awareness programs of the No-Tobacco Campaign during this Hajj season.
The groups visited some of the centers, met with their visitors and offered them awareness programs and health care instructions on the dangers of smoking.


Saudi university launches survey into the effects of women driving

Trainee Maria Al-Faraj practices changing a tire during a driving lesson at the Saudi Aramco Driving Center in Dhahran. Reuters/File
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Saudi university launches survey into the effects of women driving

  • A scientific survey about cars and drivers is being distributed on social media outlets, targeting male and female citizens and residents
  • The data will be analyzed to help make recommendations to benefit the community and the interests of the country

JEDDAH: Researchers will observe and document the effects women driving in Saudi Arabia have on the economy, environment, community and traffic safety. It will also gather information about attitudes toward the change in the law, and the experience of women who get behind the wheel.
With the ban on women driving in the Kingdom due to be lifted on June 24, 2018, Imam Abdulrahman bin Faisal University in Dammam has launched a national study titled “The impact of women’s driving on sustainable development and traffic safety in the Kingdom.”
Researchers from the university, headed by Dr. Najah bint Moqbel Al-Qarawi, a professor of geography of transportation, will supervise the project in collaboration with a specialist team from the General Directorate of Traffic.
Al-Qarawi said that a scientific survey about cars and drivers is being distributed on social media outlets, targeting male and female citizens and residents from all parts of society, in cities and villages. The questionnaire will reveal how participants feel about the issue of women driving and the potential effects it will have.
It will also measure the extent of support for the move from men, while women will be asked about their means of transportation and the main problems they face. Women who want to drive will also be asked about driving, training, the process for getting a license, their fears and aspirations, and for suggestions that might make the process easier and more appealing.
The survey will be carried out in two stages, before and after women get behind the wheel.
The data will be analyzed to help make recommendations to benefit the community and the interests of the country.
Everyone who completes a survey will be entered in a draw to win one of several cars from Almajdouie car company.