Saudi Red Crescent Society’s medic receives world recognition

Dr. Taimour Jan with his award. (Supplied photo)
Updated 23 March 2019
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Saudi Red Crescent Society’s medic receives world recognition

  • Improving health care services in the Kingdom is one of the key goals of Vision 2030

JEDDAH: A Saudi Red Crescent Society medical supervisor has received a health facility assessment certificate from the International Society for Quality in Health Care (ISQua), the first award of its kind anywhere in the world.

Dr. Taimour Jan, a supervisor at the Makkah Red Crescent’s air ambulance service, said that the government’s support for the health sector had helped it to make “significant strides,” which had led to the awarding of the certificate.

Jan told Arab News that he gained the accreditation for passing a course called “Fundamentals of External Evaluation Surveying,” which provided him with a critical insight into assessment methodologies, approaches and techniques.

“ISQua, through its 30 years of experience, seeks to develop health care professionals’ capabilities. They have introduced this course that provides people with knowledge to help them in assisting in their health facilities.”

He added that the Saudi Central Board for Accreditation of Health Care Institutions played an important role in enhancing the quality of services in facilities across the country, allowing Saudi health care system to keep pace with other nations.

He also said that the future of the sector was bright, given the number of resources being allocated to education in the Kingdom, describing young Saudis as “determined and able.”

“The support of the government provides a fertile training environment for young Saudis to develop and achieve their goals in health care provision,” he concluded.

Improving the health care services in the Kingdom is one of the key goals of Vision 2030 and the National Transformation Program (NTP) 2020. 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.


Pilgrims with special needs treated to a memorable Umrah trip under Saudi ministry’s Ramadan initiative

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Pilgrims with special needs treated to a memorable Umrah trip under Saudi ministry’s Ramadan initiative

  • Umrah trip held as part of the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah's “Sadiq Almutamir (Friend of the Pilgrim)” initiative 

JEDDAH: Several Muslims with special needs have benefited from a special Umrah pilgrimage organized by the Saudi Ministry of Hajj and Umrah on the occasion of the holy month of Ramadan.

According to statement from the ministry, the Umrah trip, was held on the 17th of Ramadan  (May 22) under the “Sadiq Almutamir (Friend of the Pilgrim)” initiative in partnership with Sawt Alasm association in Jeddah.

A busload of 20 people with special needs were accompanied by 12 volunteers of Sadiq Almutamir, including sign language interpreters for the deaf pilgrims. 

The first stop was at Kuday area in Makkah, where pilgrims received the special gifts of Sadiq Almutamir, supported by the Establishment of Motawifs of South East Asian Pilgrims. Next was their arrival at the Grand Mosque, wherein the pilgrims performed Umrah, enjoyed Iftar meals, and received souvenirs from Haji & Mu'tamer's Gift Association. 

Volunteers assisted the pilgrims by communicating with them, providing instructions and directions in addition to sharing their feelings with the support of the sign language interpreters. 

Sadiq Almutamir also accompanied pilgrims during the performance of Umrah, providing wheelchairs for the elderly, sharing breakfast, and learning about their impressions of performing Umrah for their first time. 

Sadiq Almutamir is one of the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah’s initiatives in Makkah’s Cultural Forum. It focuses on promoting the culture of giving and cooperation between the Saudi youth as well as elevating the volunteering services provided to Umrah pilgrims in order to enrich their experiences. It also provides optional tours to visit attractions, monuments, and places contribute to enriching experiences of Mutamirs and immortalizing beautiful memories in the Kingdom.

Launched late last year, the initiative aims to develop the spirit of volunteerism among Muslims and to invest in the youth by engaging young men and women in service and social responsibility.

“It focuses as well on improving the efficiency level of services provided to pilgrims, promoting the culture of volunteering, helping elderly and special needs’ people to perform Umrah rituals, and finally contributing to the realization of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 of reaching 1 million volunteers annually,” ministry statement said.

The trip was held in cooperation with the Western Fleet Transport, in coordination with the undersecretary of the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah for pilgrims’ transportation affairs and Haji & Mu'tamer's Gift Association.