FaceOf: Prince Fahd bin Sultan, governor of Tabuk province

Before becoming governor of Tabuk, Prince Fahd bin Sultan earned a master's degree in the US and worked in various capacities in government. (SPA photo)
Updated 26 July 2018
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FaceOf: Prince Fahd bin Sultan, governor of Tabuk province

Prince Fahd bin Sultan is the governor of Tabuk province, a position he has held since 1987. 

He is also chairman of the Tabuk Tourism Development Council, as well as deputy chairman of the Prince Sultan bin Abdul Aziz Al-Saud Foundation, a charitable organization targeting various sectors within the Kingdom.

On Wednesday, Prince Fahd inaugurated the sixth edition of the roses and fruit festival in Tabuk, organized by the Saudi Tourism and National Heritage, and in cooperation with the Prince Abdullah bin Nasser Foundation for events and exhibitions. 

The 10-day festival at Prince Fahd bin Sultan Park covers more than 130,000 square meters and is currently filled with roses, fruit, olives and other agricultural products.

Born in Riyadh in 1950, Prince Fahd is a graduate of King Saud University. He began his career in the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs, initially serving as director of research in 1969 before being appointed director-general of social welfare in 1970. 

In November 1977, he was appointed deputy minister of social welfare affairs, as well as deputy president of sport and welfare. 

After earning his master’s degree in the US, Prince Fahd returned to Saudi Arabia, where he was instated as governor of Tabuk province in July 1987.

Along with his duties as governor, Prince Fahd is the honorary president of the Saudi Pharmaceutical Society, as well as chairman of the board of trustees of Fahd bin Sultan University.

He also runs his namesake, the Prince Fahd bin Sultan Social Charity Program Society, which offers support to charity foundations throughout the Kingdom.

 


Makkah Route: Health services presented to Hajjis in their home countries

Updated 21 July 2019
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Makkah Route: Health services presented to Hajjis in their home countries

  • 257,981 pilgrims benefited from the "preventive services" since the new initiative’s launch

RIYADH: One of the services provided by the Makkah Route initiative, which aims to smooth the Hajj journey of pilgrims and provide top-quality service, is to ensure that all health requirements are met.

The Communication, Relations and Health Awareness General Department of the Ministry of Health is implementing the initiative in two ways. 

The first is to ensure that the proper application of the health requirements for Hajj and Umrah is followed in targeted countries before issuing the Kingdom’s entry visa (Malaysia, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Pakistan, and Tunisia). 

The second is to check that preventive measures are taken according to the world’s epidemiological situation, for instance in Pakistan.

“Preventive measures” mean, for example, providing polio vaccines for pilgrims. The vaccine, approved by the World Health Organization (WHO), is provided through the Pakistani health authorities at the departure area of the airport.

“The ministry is also deploying a team of five people qualified to supervise the application of health requirements and assess the vaccination procedure and the application of preventive measures,” the department added.   


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The Makkah Route initiative aims to ensure that the proper application of the health requirements for Hajj and Umrah is followed in targeted countries before issuing the Kingdom’s entry visa.

The initiative also ensures that preventive measures are taken according to the world’s epidemiological situation, for instance in Pakistan.

The workforce at the different land, air, and sea entry/exit points during this year’s Hajj season numbers more than 1,700 individuals.

The teams include 131 experienced doctors, general health specialists, epidemiological monitors, and other staff to provide the necessary treatment and preventive services to pilgrims.


The ministry’s procedures in the departure hall include prepping emergency clinics at the points where Makkah Route pilgrims are received. 

These clinics deal with urgent cases, prepare awareness information for pilgrims and coordinate with the General Authority of Civil Aviation regarding their distribution on the targeted airlines.

The workforce at the different land, air, and sea entry/exit points during this year’s Hajj season numbers more than 1,700 individuals, including 131 experienced doctors, general health specialists, epidemiological monitors, and other staff to provide the necessary treatment and preventive services to pilgrims.

The ministry stated that the number of health practitioners assigned to the service of pilgrims during Hajj “is more than 30,000.”

The ministry encourages volunteering during the Hajj season; it believes that it is a very important and noble service toward fellow citizens, nations and the religion, where Islam highly encourages volunteering and serving others.

The ministry is coordinating the major institutions and commissions via its Hajj volunteering link to register volunteers so that they can participate through the societal partnership program.

The missions affiliated with the pilgrim’s affairs offices provide basic treatment services and refer patients to the ministry’s health facilities, keeping an eye on the overall health situation and reporting any suspicious infectious diseases. 

The ministry monitors all the health institutions and medical missions affiliated with the pilgrim’s affairs offices to make sure the health requirements are being properly applied, to ensure pilgrims’ safety and guarantee an environment free of infectious diseases.

The Health Ministry has confirmed that so far that there has been no incidence of any epidemic diseases or quarantine cases recorded among pilgrims, who arrived and the health situation is reassuring.

Since the first of Dul Qaada, the ministry has provided preventive services, via access points, to 257,981 pilgrims, with a total rate of commitment to vaccination reached  87.4 percent for meningitis, 67.3 percent for yellow fever and 95.3 percent for polio.