Health Ministry says 91% AIDS cases treated in Saudi Arabia

The Saudi Health Ministry has revealed that 91% of patients suffering with AIDS had their cases detected and have been treated. (Shutterstock)
Updated 03 December 2018
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Health Ministry says 91% AIDS cases treated in Saudi Arabia

RIYADH: The Saudi Health Ministry has revealed that 91% of patients suffering with AIDS had their cases detected and have been treated.
The achievement makes the Kingdom one of the first countries in the region to implement the “Nineteen Strategy for the Eradication of HIV” and its achievement towards total elimination in 2030.
The ministry pointed out that an important shift has been made in our societies to deal with this disease, especially in the implementation of campaigns and programs in services in different levels of health care.
The remarks were made during a special workshop held by the National Program for fighting HIV at the ministry headquarters on Sunday, on the occasion of World AIDS Day.
The ministry the importance of applying its policies which are aimed at expanding the detection of HIV cases and providing early treatment by antibiotics to fight the source of infection.
All this happens while protecting the privacy of the patient’s information and identity.


Houthis targetted civilian facility in Najran with an explosives-laden drone, says Arab Coalition

Updated 21 May 2019
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Houthis targetted civilian facility in Najran with an explosives-laden drone, says Arab Coalition

  • Houthis also fired two ballistic missiles toward the holy city of Makkah and Jeddah on Monday

RIYADH: Houthi militants had tried to hit a civilian facility in Saudi Arabia's southern border province of Najran with a drone carrying explosives, the Arab Coalition supporting Yemen's legitimate government said on Tuesday.
In a statement carried by the Saudi Press Agency (SPA), Colonel Turki Al-Maliki, the spokesman of the Saudi-led military coalition said the target was a vital facility.
"The Houthi-backed terrorist militia of Iran continues to carry out acts of terrorism that pose a real threat to regional and international security by targeting civilian objects and civilian facilities, as well as civilian citizens and residents of all nationalities," Al-Maliki said.

The statement did not mention casualties and gave no further details.

Earlier on Monday, Al-Maliki said Houthis fired two ballistic missiles toward the holy city of Makkah and Jeddah but both were shot down by Saudi air defense forces.

The Iran-backed Houthis have fired dozens of missiles at targets in Saudi Arabia, including the capital Riyadh, since the Arab Coalition intervened in 2015 to restore the government of President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, which was ousted in a Houthi coup.