Saudi Health Ministry launches mobile flu vaccination service with Careem

A doctor prepares a syringe in a municipal vaccination centre in Nice, southeastern France, Sept. 9, 2009. (Reuters)
Updated 06 November 2018

Saudi Health Ministry launches mobile flu vaccination service with Careem

  • The service can be ordered through the ride-hailing app on smart phones
  • A nurse will be transported to their homes or workplace, where the jab can be carried out for the applicant and members of their family

JEDDAH: Saudi patients will be able to order a flu vaccination administered in their own homes after the Health Ministry launched a mobile service with Careem.

The service can be ordered through the ride-hailing app on smart phones.

After selecting the vaccination, a nurse will be transported to their homes or workplace, where the jab can be carried out for the applicant and members of their family.

The service, part of a seasonal flu vaccination drive, will be available from Wednesday until Nov. 13.

The ministry said the service will be applied in several cities and provinces across the Kingdom, including Riyadh, Jeddah, Dammam, Makkah, Qasim, Jazan, Hail, Tabouk, Madinah, Al-Jawf, Ihsaa, Assir, Al-Khobar, Dhahran and Qatif.

The ministry has assigned more than 160 vehicles to provide the service, from 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 pm.


185 disabled Saudi children ready for new academic year

Updated 59 min 48 sec ago

185 disabled Saudi children ready for new academic year

RIYADH:  Saudi Arabia’s Disabled Children’s Association (DCA) finished its preparations for the new academic year with the completion of its educational programs aimed at developing children’s mental, cognitive and motor skills.

The DCA’s centers are getting ready to welcome around 185 new students, who will be enrolled in the preparatory and elementary stages. The association is also housing early intervention children in 11 centers throughout the Kingdom.

“The DCA’s centers finished their preparations early in line with the directives of Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz, chairman of the association’s board of directors,” said Awadh Al-Ghamdi, the DCA’s secretary-general.

He added: “The association is keeping pace with new technologies by developing the educational care system every year. It continuously adopts new methods for children with special needs by providing the centers with what is necessary for the development of linguistic, social and psychological skills.

“The DCA held consultative meetings to approve an implementation mechanism by consulting experts from the educational committee at King Saud University about the importance of establishing an innovative resources room in all of the DCA centers.

Al-Ghamdi said: “The project will be implemented in cooperation with the Ministry of Education after it is judged by specialists from Saudi universities and adopted as part of the association’s initiatives. This comes as a continuation of the DCA’s role in caring for children with special needs for more than 35 years.”

The director of the DCA’s center in Al-Rass governorate presented the project’s original idea, which included reviewing the centers’ educational care programs according to modern educational trends.

A working group, which included a number of specialists, was assigned to the investigation. It presented a final vision to the DCA’s secretariat with a guide to the project’s implementation.