Saudi Red Crescent launches “Asefni” app to request emergency service

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Saudi Red Crescent paramedics show to the press their emergency equipment, ahead of the start of the annual Hajj pilgrimage in the holy city of Makkah. (File photo: AFP)
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ASAFNI applications is available to download for all smartphones.
Updated 21 May 2018
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Saudi Red Crescent launches “Asefni” app to request emergency service

JEDDAH: The Saudi Red Crescent Authority has launched a new application to receive emergency services requests through smart phones in six different languages, with the aim of providing the best emergency services in the Kingdom.
The application, called “Asefni” or “Save Me,” allows users to communicate their distress to an emergency team via a phone call or text message, and are then able to track the status of their communication.


It also provides the emergency teams with the user’s location, as well as information about health facilities within their vicinity, emergency contact numbers for relief organizations, and the option of registering the user’s medical history.
There is a text-message-only option, designed to accommodate hearing impaired and special needs users, through which they can contact an emergency team without having to make any calls.
The Saudi Red Crescent seeks to provide the best emergency services to those in need by ensuring fast response to calls of distress, and increasing the accuracy of users’ locations.
Users are also able to send an urgent distress message in extreme emergencies to members of the Red Crescent and their next of kins through the SMS service.


Saudi MERS outbreaks killed 23 over four months: WHO

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Saudi MERS outbreaks killed 23 over four months: WHO

  • The latest figures take the number of confirmed cases to 2,220 since September 2012, including 1,844 from Saudi Arabia
  • The disease is hard to spot, partly because it often infects people with an underlying condition such as diabetes, renal failure or chronic lung disease

GENEVA: Outbreaks of the deadly Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) killed 23 people in Saudi Arabia between Jan. 21 and May 31 this year, the World Health Organization said on Monday.
The deaths were among 75 laboratory-confirmed cases of MERS coronavirus (MERS-CoV) during the period, the WHO said, and take the total number of deaths from the disease to 790 since it was first diagnosed in humans in 2012.
The latest figures take the number of confirmed cases to 2,220 since September 2012, including 1,844 from Saudi Arabia.
One outbreak in February hit a private hospital in Hafer Albatin region, where the patient passed the disease to three health workers. There was another cluster of six cases in a hospital in Riyadh in the same month, although no health care workers were infected.
Two other clusters affected households in Jeddah and Najran.
MERS-CoV is a member of a virus family ranging from the common cold to Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome. It appears to have emerged in humans in Saudi Arabia in 2012, although it has been traced in camels, the source of the infection, back to at least 1983.
The disease is hard to spot, partly because it often infects people with an underlying condition such as diabetes, renal failure or chronic lung disease.
But it kills one in three sufferers, and hospital workers are at risk unless extreme caution is taken to identify MERS sufferers early and to protect health care workers from infection via airborne droplets such as from coughs and sneezes.
Susceptible people should avoid contact with suspected cases and with camels, and anyone who has contact with animals should wash their hands before and afterwards, the WHO said. Everyone should avoid drinking raw camel milk or camel urine, or eating undercooked meat.
Three MERS cases have been reported this year outside Saudi Arabia. Oman and the United Arab Emirates each reported a case, while in Malaysia a man fell ill after drinking unpasteurised camel milk during a pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia.