Saudi team rescues Greek tanker crewman

In this August 31, 2017 photo, a Saudi Red Crescent Authority air ambulance transports a sick Hajj pilgrim to a hospital in Makkah. The SCRA also sent an air ambulance to transport a sick seaman from a Greek oil tanker in the Red Sea to a hospital. (SCRA photo via Twitter)
Updated 03 September 2017

Saudi team rescues Greek tanker crewman

RIYADH: A Saudi emergency team rescued a sick crew member on a Greek oil tanker in the Red Sea and transported him for medical treatment.
The ship’s captain contacted the Jeddah coordination center for search and rescue operations in the Red Sea and Gulf of Aqaba on Friday night. He said his crew member, a Filipino, was seriously ill and required a medical evacuation.
A Saudi border guard team and medical staff from King Fahad Marine Base in Wajh was dispatched to the ship, which was 80 nautical miles south of the port of Dhiba on its way to Suez in Egypt.
After the provision of humanitarian and medical services, the patient was transported by the Saudi Red Crescent Commission to Wajh General Hospital, a spokesman for the border guard said.

PWD-friendly infrastructure rebuilds completed in Two Holy Cities, Saudi Arabia tells UN

Updated 22 March 2019

PWD-friendly infrastructure rebuilds completed in Two Holy Cities, Saudi Arabia tells UN

  • Infrastructure upgrades included public transport facilities
  • Centers for disability rehabilitation are growing across the Kingdom

JEDDAH: Major infrastructure rebuilds to aid disabled people have been completed in Makkah and Madinah, the United Nations heard on Thursday.

Dr. Bandar Al-Aiban, president of the Saudi Human Rights Commission (HRC), made the announcement in Geneva during the 21st session of the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

He said that the move came as part of a wider range of programs aimed at empowering the disabled in Saudi Arabia, to provide them with a suitable education, tools and the employment opportunities to ensure their independence and maintain a good quality of life. 

He added that the infrastructure updates included public transport facilities that were disability friendly, and easy access to government buildings and important historical and religious sites across the two cities.

“The Saudi government is keen to serve the Two Holy Mosques and other holy sites, and harness the necessary resources to serve pilgrims, and this includes the completion of major infrastructure targets that take into account the needs of people with disabilities,” Al-Aiban said.

“The government’s financial support for associations and NGOs for people with disabilities amounted to more than SR70 million ($18.7 million) in 2018. People with disabilities are also members of the Shoura Council, and hold leadership positions in various sectors. 

He also mentioned the recent establishment of the Saudi Commission for Persons with Disabilities and Special Needs, noting the growing number of centers for disability rehabilitation across the country, and the exemplary standards they set for disabled services in the Gulf.