Saudi minister announces nursing excellence award

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Al-Rabiah said the prize would help to promote nursing as a humanitarian pursuit in schools and universities. (SPA)
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Al-Rabiah said the prize would help to promote nursing as a humanitarian pursuit in schools and universities. (SPA)
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Al-Rabiah said the prize would help to promote nursing as a humanitarian pursuit in schools and universities. (SPA)
Updated 19 March 2019
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Saudi minister announces nursing excellence award

  • Rabiah confirmed plans to increase the number of specialized training centers in Saudi Arabia

RIYADH: The Saudi health minister, Dr. Tawfiq bin Fawzan Al-Rabiah, has announced the creation of a new prize, the “Minister of Health Award for Excellence in Nursing,” to be presented annually to recognize achievement in the profession.
He said the prize would help to promote nursing as a humanitarian pursuit in schools and universities, and raise awareness of its value across Saudi society, attracting more people to it and improving the quality of health care provision. He noted that 50 percent of health care workers in the Kingdom were nurses, amounting to almost 185,000 people, but that only 37 percent were Saudi citizens, something that he claimed needed to change.
In an address delivered to the first Saudi Nursing Forum in Riyadh on Monday, Al-Rabiah confirmed plans to increase the number of specialized training centers in Saudi Arabia, accredited by the Saudi Commission for Health Specialties, to be based in Madinah, Al-Qassim, Al-Ahsa, Taif and Najran.
He added that he would also establish a system to measure nursing productivity, a project to improve nursing services for the elderly and a restructure of the country’s midwifery system. SPA Riyadh


Saudi border guards rescue French passenger from Red Sea cruise ship

Updated 19 April 2019
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Saudi border guards rescue French passenger from Red Sea cruise ship

JEDDAH: Saudi border guards rescued a French female tourist on Friday after she broke her leg on board a cruise ship in the Red Sea.
The 85-year-old was aboard the Costa Luminosa off the coast of south-west Saudi Arabia when the Maritime Rescue Coordination Center in Jeddah received an emergency call from the King Abdulaziz International Airport’s search and rescue center, saying the women needed emergency medical attention.The details of the message was passed to the Saudi Arabia Border Guards.
The border guard’s vessel Al-Lith was sent to meet the cruise ship near Al-Qahma, in the Kingdom’s south-western Asir region.
Lt Col. Misfer Bin Ghanam Al-Qarni, border guards spokesman, said the patient was transferred to Jazan, where she was then taken to Prince Mohammed Bin Nasser Hospital by ambulance.
The Costa Luminosa, which was traveling from Salalah in Oman toward Aqaba in Jordan, continued on its voyage.