Over 16,000 units of blood, products ready for Hajj pilgrims’ treatment: Saudi health ministry

The MoH underlined that the units of blood are free from infectious diseases. (SPA)
Updated 27 August 2017
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Over 16,000 units of blood, products ready for Hajj pilgrims’ treatment: Saudi health ministry

RIYADH: According to the Ministry of Health, more than 16,000 units of blood and blood products are available to treat Hajj pilgrims in the holy cities.
The ministry elaborated a four-step action plan with relevance to provision of blood and blood products, starting from the point of collection of blood donations, proceeding through testing and monitoring of each unit, until the distribution of the collected units in the holy cities.
The MoH underlined that the units of blood are free from infectious diseases, and that the relevant distribution plan for Makkah and Madinah has been created in accordance with international standards and the bed capacity of hospitals and intensive care units, in addition to past experiences.
Nine hospitals in Makkah, four in Arafat and four in Mina have been equipped with state-of-the-art equipment, having recruited highly skilled technicians and experts in the fields of laboratories and blood banks.
Seventeen regions and governorates, and 27 partners from the public, private and military sectors have exerted efforts to collect the 16,000 units of blood.
Two cars and five teams have been deployed to facilitate the blood donation process, in addition to ambulances, equipped with blood-transfusion equipment, which can respond to emergency cases.


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.