Makkah governor reviews region's healthcare performance

Makkah Gov. Prince Khaled Al-Faisal receives Health Minister Dr. Tawfiq Al-Rabiah at his office on Sunday. (SPA)
Updated 31 December 2018
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Makkah governor reviews region's healthcare performance

  • The health minister also presented the World Health Organization’s certificate declaring Makkah’s Al-Jumum city the “first healthy city” in the region and “the third” in the Kingdom to the Makkah governor.

Saudi Health Minister Dr. Tawfiq Al-Rabiah on Sunday called on Makkah Gov. Prince Khaled Al-Faisal. The Makkah governor reviewed the performance of the Health Ministry in the region. He was also briefed about different health care projects aimed at providing people with the best services across the region.

The health minister also presented the World Health Organization’s certificate declaring Makkah’s Al-Jumum city the “first healthy city” in the region and “the third” in the Kingdom to the Makkah governor.

Top officials of the ministry were also present during the meeting. In order to boost the health care sector and improve the performance of hospitals in Saudi Arabia, the Health Ministry is effectively pursuing the implementation of Adaa standards.

Adaa, the National Center for Performance Measurement, is tasked with performance measurement of government entities. It involves providing tools, frameworks and educational support, which enables better measurement and development.

The program features over 40 indicators to measure the performance of seven key therapeutic aspects including emergency, clinics, surgeries, hospitalization, intensive care, radiology and labs. The program also aims to develop the skills of health professionals and to enable them to effectively use these performance indicators.

The performance-monitoring agency was established in 2016.


‘I’ve been waiting to get to Saudi Arabia for years’: Akon tells Asharqiah crowd

Updated 23 March 2019
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‘I’ve been waiting to get to Saudi Arabia for years’: Akon tells Asharqiah crowd

  • “First thing tomorrow morning, I’m headed to Makkah to perform Umrah” Akon said 
  • He entertained the crowd with some of his most popular hits at the Asharqiah Music Festival

DAMMAM: American rapper Akon captivated a packed crowd at the Asharqiah Music Festival on Friday, opening up the second night of musical festivities at Sharqiah Season with a special shout-out to Saudi Arabia.

“You have no idea, I’ve been waiting to get to Saudi for years, man,” Akon said, before launching into his song, “Gunshot.” Later, he told the crowd: “I’m seeing a tremendous change in Saudi Arabia here tonight."

At 8 p.m., under a bright moon on a beautifully cool night, Akon began his set, delighting fans who had spent over 10 minutes chanting his name in anticipation of his arrival.

He entertained the crowd with some of his most popular hits, including “Smack That,” “Mr. Lonely” and “Sorry: Blame It On Me.” And he wrapped things up with “I love you, Saudi... thank you for making me feel at home."

Backstage before the concert, Akon told Arab News how excited he was to be in Saudi Arabia for the first time. He was especially excited to visit one Saudi city in particular.

“First thing tomorrow morning, I’m headed to Makkah to perform Umrah.”