Saudi king, WHO chief discuss ways to enhance cooperation

King Salman meeting with World Health Organization chief Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus at Al-Yamamah Palace in Riyadh on Sunday. (SPA)
Updated 29 April 2018
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Saudi king, WHO chief discuss ways to enhance cooperation

  • WHO and UNICEF is seeking donors to help them fight cholera epidemic, including support for the water and sanitation sectors in Yemen
  • Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has directed the KSRelief to allocate $66.7 million for that purpose

RIYADH: King Salman received Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the director general of the World Health Organization (WHO), at Al-Yamamah Palace in Riyadh on Sunday.

The meeting reviewed ways to increase cooperation between Saudi Arabia and the WHO. 

Recently, in response to funding appeals from WHO and UNICEF to help them fight cholera epidemic, including support for the water and sanitation sectors in Yemen, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman directed the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) to allocate $66.7 million.

The WHO collaborates with many organizations to support countries achieve their national health development goals, and ensures that all efforts are coordinated.

According to WHO’s official website, in Saudi Arabia these organizations include the UN agencies, humanitarian and development partners, donors, non-governmental organizations, WHO collaborating centers and the private sector. 

Physicians, public health specialists, scientists, social scientists and epidemiologists provide appropriate technical support and collaboration upon the request or acceptance of national authorities.

WHO staff in Saudi Arabia include experts in the fields of health.

 

 

 


Saudi royal decree guarantees allowances to cover cost of living for new fiscal year

Updated 27 min 38 sec ago
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Saudi royal decree guarantees allowances to cover cost of living for new fiscal year

A royal decree by Saudi Arabia’s King Salman ordered the continuation of allowances covering the cost of living for civil sector employees for the new fiscal year on Tuesday.

The decree states that 1,000 Saudi riyals ($266) would be given to citizens on a monthly basis.  This will continue for one year until the study of the social protection system is completed.

Saudi Arabia also announced plans to increase state spending by more than seven percent next year in an effort to spur economic growth, which has been hurt by low oil prices, according to a 2019 budget released by the finance ministry.