Saudi Arabia joins UN decade for global water security

Saudi Arabia's United Nations Ambassador Abdallah Al-Mouallimi. (AP)
Updated 25 March 2018
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Saudi Arabia joins UN decade for global water security

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia has joined a UN-sponsored international decade to safeguard and improve the world’s water supplies.
The “Action Water for Sustainable Development” decade was adopted by the General Assembly in December 2016 and begins this year. It will help focus attention on global water security during the next 10 years.
Saudi Arabia was represented at the opening session of the conference by Saudi Arabia’s UN ambassador, Abdullah Al-Maalami, and Undersecretary of the Ministry of Environment Dr. Faisal Al-Subaie.
UN members expressed concern over lack of access to safe drinking water, sanitation and hygiene, and over water-related disasters, scarcity and pollution being worsened by urbanization, population growth, desertification, drought and climate change.
The decade — launched in conjunction with World Water Day, March 22 — will focus on sustainable development and integrated management of water resources for the achievement of social, economic and environmental goals.


Saudi Arabia’s first ‘smart’ pharmacy inaugurated

Updated 21 July 2018
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Saudi Arabia’s first ‘smart’ pharmacy inaugurated

TABUK: Prince Fahd bin Sultan, governor of Tabuk region, inaugurated the Kingdom’s first smart pharmacy — operated by a robot — at King Fahd Specialist Hospital on Thursday, following his meeting with the province’s director general of health affairs, Ghurmallah bin Abdullah Al-Ghamdi.
It is hoped that the smart pharmacy — which can dispense 1,500 packages of medicine per hour, store over 20,000 packages of medicine, reject expired drugs, and deal with 240 prescriptions per hour — will save the time of patients and pharmacists, ensure better control of drug stocks, provide the highest safety standards, and reduce medication errors.
The pharmacy has six outlets, one of which is dedicated to serving disabled people.
Prince Fahd congratulated Tabuk Health Affairs on this achievement, which he said would contribute to better health care services.
He stressed that serving citizens was the main objective and praised the role of young men and women in meeting the requirements of the future.
He also thanked King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for their support for the health care sector in Saudi Arabia.
Al-Ghamdi thanked Prince Fahd for his support for the health care sector in the province.