Saudi Airlines to operate regular Baghdad route late October

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Passenger disembark from a plane belonging to Saudia airline, at Baghdad International Airport, in Iraq, Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017. Saudi Arabia's national carrier, Saudia, launched its inaugural flight to Baghdad on Thursday. (AP)
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Passengers pose for a photo after their arrival on Saudia airline to Baghdad International Airport, Iraq, Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017. Saudi Arabia's national carrier, Saudia, launched its inaugural flight to Baghdad on Thursday. (AP)
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Passengers collect their luggage after their arrival on Saudia airline to Baghdad International Airport, Iraq, Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017. Saudi Arabia's national carrier, Saudia, launched its inaugural flight to Baghdad on Thursday. (AP)
Updated 21 October 2017
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Saudi Airlines to operate regular Baghdad route late October

RIYADH: Saudi Airlines inaugurates its first flight to the Iraqi capital Baghdad on 30 October 2017 according to Sabq. This will be the first flight after 27 years of interruption.
The Saudi chargé d’affaires in Baghdad, Abdul Aziz Al-Shammari, had previously confirmed that over 20 weekly flights will be operating between Iraq and Saudi Arabia.
On Wednesday, Saudi Arabian budget airline, Flynas, made the first direct flight from the kingdom to Iraq since 1990.


King Salman approves health care programs

King Salman
Updated 16 July 2018
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King Salman approves health care programs

  • Clinical coding licenses and standards will be included in unified national standards for accreditation of health facilities
  • The training program aims to improve the quality of health care and control expenditure

JEDDAH: King Salman on Sunday approved the implementation of an electronic sick-leave system, and directed relevant authorities to coordinate with the Civil Service Ministry in case of any amendments to the terms for granting sick leave.
He also approved a program to train Saudi professionals in clinical coding. The Saudi Health Council and the Human Resources Development Fund (Hadaf) are cooperating to implement the training program, whose aim is to encourage the private health sector to hire the program’s graduates by leveraging the funding provided by Hadaf.
The training program aims to improve the quality of health care and control expenditure. The Health Ministry’s General Directorate of Licenses will establish an electronic network linked to the licensing system of the Clinical Coding Department at the National Center for Health Information.
The Council of Cooperative Health Insurance will work with the Saudi Health Council to develop controls and find ways to employ graduates at private health care institutions.
Clinical coding licenses and standards will be included in unified national standards for accreditation of health facilities.
This initiative is part of the Saudi Health Council’s efforts to contribute to achieving the Vision 2030 reform plan, whose objectives include the Saudization of certain professions that are vital for the national economy.