Medical pioneers honored at King Faisal Prize event

Delegates pose during the event in Riyadh. (Supplied)
Updated 04 December 2018
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Medical pioneers honored at King Faisal Prize event

RIYADH: Medical pioneers were honored for their work at a conference organized by the King Faisal Prize (KFP), which celebrates its 40th anniversary this year.
The event, which opened Dec. 1 in Riyadh, recognized the contribution of national and international health care specialists.
“I am very pleased about the cooperation between the KFP and Alfaisal University that brought together notable Saudi pioneers in medicine, who have made significant contributions to the field of medicine, as well as distinguished international pioneers in medicine who have previously won the prestigious King Faisal Prize, to share and deliver a wealth of knowledge to the public,” KFP Secretary-General Dr. Abdulaziz Alsebail told Arab News on Tuesday.
The conference had emerged as a major scientific platform in the Kingdom, marking a crucial step forward in the KFP’s ongoing efforts to enrich and localize knowledge for the benefit of citizens, he added.
KFP and the university had decided to make the conference a more regular event that would address different medical fields through diverse national and international pioneers, he said.
“The distinguished conference reflects a key milestone in the KFP’s remarkable journey during the last 40 years.”
Health Minister Tawfiq Al-Rabiah spoke at the opening ceremony and commended the scientists for their outstanding research work.
He also expressed his pleasure in meeting the pioneers and learning about their outstanding efforts in the advancement of medicine in Saudi Arabia.
The pioneers discussed major challenges and opportunities in the medical field through sessions that focused on cardiology, oncology, fetal medicine and surgery, ENT, genetics, and family and community medicine.


Saudi Arabia says deposits $250 million into Sudan's Central Bank: statement

Updated 19 May 2019
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Saudi Arabia says deposits $250 million into Sudan's Central Bank: statement

  • Saudi Arabia and UAE pledged to send $3 billion worth of aid to Sudan
  • The remaining amount will be allocated to meet the urgent needs of the Sudanese people

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia said on Sunday it deposited $250 million with the Sudanese central bank, according to a statement from the Kingdom’s ministry of finance.

Saudi Arabia and the UAE pledged to send $3 billion worth of aid to Sudan, after mass protests led to the ouster of president Omar al-Bashir last month.

The move will strengthen Sudan’s “financial position, alleviate pressure on the Sudanese pound and achieve more stability in the exchange rate," the statement said.

Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have deposited now $500 million into Sudan’s Central Bank, the first instalment of the joint package of aid.

The remaining amount will be allocated to meet the urgent needs of the Sudanese people, including food, medications and oil derivatives.

Mohammed Abdullah Al-Jadaan, Minister of Finance, confirmed that this deposit constitutes an extension of the Kingdom’s support to the Sudanese people.

He added that this support will strengthen the financial and economic situation in Sudan, especially the exchange rate of the Sudanese pound, which should reflect positively on the living conditions of the Sudanese citizens.