KSRelief signs three projects to fight cholera in Yemen

KSRelief Supervisor General Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah and a WHO official sign three projects to combat and eradicate the cholera epidemic in Yemen. (SPA)
Updated 14 February 2018
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KSRelief signs three projects to fight cholera in Yemen

RIYADH: The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) signed three humanitarian projects on Tuesday worth $11 million with the World Health Organization (WHO) to combat and eradicate the cholera epidemic in Yemen.
This initiative was taken by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who had already pledged $66.7 million to fight the epidemic in partnership with WHO and UNICEF.
The three signed projects cover diagnosis, prevention, and monitoring steps, all of which are important in preventing and combating cholera. On Nov. 14, 2017, two projects of $23 million were signed for treatment and coordination.
KSRelief Supervisor General Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah expressed his pleasure as his organization is continuing to carry out its plan of comprehensive humanitarian operations serving the Yemeni people.
He said the monitoring project will focus on expanding the early-warning system of monitoring cholera, to ensure coordination, immediate reports of cholera cases, lab test results, confirmation and responding mechanisms. The project covers all 23 Yemeni governorates.
The prevention project will focus on launching awareness campaigns on audiovisual and social media platforms, as well as intensifying operations to identify suspicious cases, referring them to medical facilities, specifying the most affected areas in order to carry out the vaccination campaign, training medical staff on how to prevent infections, and providing 400,000 cholera vaccinations.
Dr. Ibrahim Al-Zeik, on behalf of WHO, thanked the Kingdom for the continuous humanitarian support it provides to the world, and especially to Yemen.


126,000 pilgrims from Bangladesh will perform Hajj 2018

Bangladeshi Hajj pilgrims arrive at Jeddah airport. (AFP)
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126,000 pilgrims from Bangladesh will perform Hajj 2018

  • Bangladeshi pilgrims were in a good condition and everything, from accommodation to treatment, was going well

DHAKA: The last Hajj flights from Bangladesh will leave for Saudi Arabia this morning.
About 125,000 Bangladeshi pilgrims have already reached the holy city Makkah, on special flights operated by Biman Bangladesh Airlines and Saudi Arabian Airlines
(Saudia).
The two operators will take the last batch of 1,400 pilgrims from Hazarat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka, after which the Hajj flights will be closed until Aug. 27.
The Bangladesh government has made extensive efforts to cooperate with the Kingdom in arranging travel plans for pilgrims, said officials in Dhaka.
“Our Ministry of Religious Affairs is highly concerned about the well-being of the pilgrims,” Saiful Islam, director of the Hajj Office in Dhaka, told Arab News.
“About 250 Bangladesh officials, including the staff of the Bangladesh mission in Saudi Arabia, have been deployed at places that the pilgrims will visit while performing the rituals of Hajj,” he told Arab News.
Most of the staff of the Religious Affairs Ministry have been sent to Saudi Arabia to assist Bangladeshi pilgrims and provide them with emergency support, Islam said.
“Three medical camps have been established in Jeddah, Makkah and Madinah with 30 doctors and nurses to cater to pilgrims’ medical needs. In case of emergency, arrangements have been made to move a pilgrim in critical condition to specialized local hospitals,” he added.
“This year, so far, everything is under control and running very smoothly,” said M. Shahadat Hossain Taslim, secretary-general of the Hajj Agencies Association of Banglaesh (HAAB).
Speaking to Arab News from Makkah, Taslim expressed his gratitude to the Hajj Ministry of Saudi Arabia for its “better Hajj management this year.”
“Last year, many Bangladeshi pilgrims faced difficulty due to lack of transport in Mina, Arafat and Muzdalifah,” he said. “But this year, we have addressed the issue well ahead of time and are not facing any problem in this regard.”
Bangladeshi pilgrims were in a good condition and everything, from accommodation to treatment, was going well, he added.
A total of 126,000 pilgrims from Bangladesh will perform Hajj this year.
The Hajj flights from Bangladesh to Saudi Arabia will be closed after Friday and resume on Aug. 27 to bring the pilgrims back home.