Saudi-Japan health care team focuses on diabetes and cancer

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Dr. Mohammed K Alabdulaali, left, and Michihiro Hazumi.
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The Japanese delegation and Saudi officials.
Updated 13 February 2018
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Saudi-Japan health care team focuses on diabetes and cancer

RIYADH: The Saudi-Japan Healthcare Forum concluded on Monday with a focus on the treatment of diabetes and cancer with joint efforts between the two countries.

Local and foreign medical specialists in diabetes, oncology, endoscopy, and surgeries were present to exchange their experiences.

Speaking to Arab News, Michihiro Hazumi, leader of the Japanese delegation, said his country’s mission is to learn from the Saudi experience in the relevant fields and explore cooperation in areas where joint efforts are needed.

He said that the meeting was a follow-up to King Salman’s visit to Tokyo, during which he met the Japanese Premier Shinzo Abe.

He also said his country is ready to lend its cooperation in the medical fields under the Saudi Vision 2030.

Dr. Mohammed K Alabdulaali, assistant deputy minister for hospital services, told Arab News that the forum was the outcome of a meeting between the health ministers of the two countries where they decided to identify new areas of cooperation in treating non-communicable diseases and exchanging training programs.

He pointed out that diabetes is a disease that needs special attention in preventing as well as treating such patients.

The incidence of diabetes remains high in the Kingdom and it can be controlled, he said, urging people to be mindful of diseases that attack them due to rich foods, lack of exercise and lack of rest.

The forum witnessed a number of workshops and scientific lectures presented by the Saudi and Japanese sides, including an overview of medical emergency in Japan, emergency life-saving technicians and medical measures adopted against disaster.


Perpetrators of violence against civilians should be held accountable: Saudi envoy

Children attending an open-air Arabic school in February at Kutupalong refugee camp, where they were learning to read the Qur’an. (Reuters)
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Perpetrators of violence against civilians should be held accountable: Saudi envoy

  • Al-Mouallimi: International law and Islamic principles are being violated with impunity
  • In Yemen, abuses against civilians by Iran-backed Houthi militias include the recruitment of children, the planting of mines in civilian neighborhoods and the use of human shields, said Saudi Arabia's top diplomat at the UN

JEDDAH: Perpetrators of violence against civilians should be held accountable and punished for their crimes, the Saudi ambassador to the UN, Abdallah Al-Mouallimi, told the Security Council on Tuesday.

International law and Islamic principles are being violated with impunity, he added. “We witnessed a new massacre committed by Israeli occupation forces in Gaza, which killed dozens of Palestinian martyrs and wounded thousands,” he said. 

“And for seven consecutive years, the world has witnessed bloodletting in Syria, which killed hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians using various means,” including “genocide,” he added. 

“In Myanmar, the world is watching as hundreds of thousands of Muslim Rohingya are driven out of their homes that are burnt, their women raped and children displaced.”

In Yemen, abuses against civilians by Iran-backed Houthi militias include the recruitment of children, the planting of mines in civilian neighborhoods and the use of human shields, Al-Mouallimi said. 

He cited the example of four-year-old Jamila, who had been used as a human shield. She was saved by Saudi-led coalition forces and handed over to her family.

Saudi Arabia supports the formation of a committee of inquiry into Israel’s crimes in Gaza, and a mechanism to collect documents and evidence to hold perpetrators of war crimes in Syria accountable, Al-Mouallimi said.

He stressed the need to facilitate the return of Rohingya refugees to Myanmar in a safe, dignified and voluntary way, and to hold accountable those who caused them harm.