No cases of H5N8 avian flu recorded in Saudi Arabia

As many as 5,182 birds were culled in the past 24 hours ending Sunday. (Shutterstock)
Updated 01 May 2018
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No cases of H5N8 avian flu recorded in Saudi Arabia

  • Bird flu strains have hit poultry flocks in a number of countries across the world in recent years

JEDDAH: The Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture on Sunday announced that no cases of H5N8 avian flu have been recorded in the Kingdom in the past 24 hours.

In its daily briefing, the ministry affirmed that the number of samples collected from the Kingdom’s regions since the beginning of the spread of the disease reached 14,096. The results disclosed that 182 of these samples tested positive. As many as 5,182 birds were culled in the past 24 hours ending Sunday. 

Bird flu strains have hit poultry flocks in a number of countries across the world in recent years, with some types of the disease also causing human infections and deaths.

H5N8 is highly pathogenic to birds (high death rates) and was first discovered in Ireland in 1983. Since then it has been reported in numerous locations around the world.

This strain, however, has not caused any human infections so far anywhere in the world. AN,


PWD-friendly infrastructure rebuilds completed in Two Holy Cities, Saudi Arabia tells UN

Updated 22 March 2019
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PWD-friendly infrastructure rebuilds completed in Two Holy Cities, Saudi Arabia tells UN

  • Infrastructure upgrades included public transport facilities
  • Centers for disability rehabilitation are growing across the Kingdom

JEDDAH: Major infrastructure rebuilds to aid disabled people have been completed in Makkah and Madinah, the United Nations heard on Thursday.

Dr. Bandar Al-Aiban, president of the Saudi Human Rights Commission (HRC), made the announcement in Geneva during the 21st session of the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

He said that the move came as part of a wider range of programs aimed at empowering the disabled in Saudi Arabia, to provide them with a suitable education, tools and the employment opportunities to ensure their independence and maintain a good quality of life. 

He added that the infrastructure updates included public transport facilities that were disability friendly, and easy access to government buildings and important historical and religious sites across the two cities.

“The Saudi government is keen to serve the Two Holy Mosques and other holy sites, and harness the necessary resources to serve pilgrims, and this includes the completion of major infrastructure targets that take into account the needs of people with disabilities,” Al-Aiban said.

“The government’s financial support for associations and NGOs for people with disabilities amounted to more than SR70 million ($18.7 million) in 2018. People with disabilities are also members of the Shoura Council, and hold leadership positions in various sectors. 

He also mentioned the recent establishment of the Saudi Commission for Persons with Disabilities and Special Needs, noting the growing number of centers for disability rehabilitation across the country, and the exemplary standards they set for disabled services in the Gulf.