Saudi Red Crescent Society’s medic receives world recognition

Dr. Taimour Jan with his award. (Supplied photo)
Updated 23 March 2019

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.


2 more Houthi drones shot down by Saudi-led Coalition forces

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2 more Houthi drones shot down by Saudi-led Coalition forces

  • Three drones, six ballistic missiles launched toward Saudi Arabia by Houthis in a span of 24 hours
  • All six missiles and three drones were shot down by Coalition air defenses

JEDDAH: Two more drones launched by Houthi "terrorists" from Sanaa toward Saudi Arabia were shot down early Monday, the ninth hit in a span of 24 hours, Coalition forces supporting Yemen's legitimate government said .

In a statement carried by the Saudi Press Agency (SPA), coalition spokesman Colonel Turki Al-Maliki said the two drones were intercepted and shot down in Yemeni airspace by Saudi-led air defense forces.

On Sunday evening, six ballistic missiles fired from Yemen were also intercepted by the coalition as they headed towards Jazan in south-west Saudi Arabia.

Al-Maliki said the missiles were launched by Houthis from Saada province "in an attempt to target civilian and civilian installations in Jazan city.” 

Earlier on Sunday, the coalition shot down a Houthi drone targeting the Saudi city of Khamis Mushayt, state news agency SPA reported.

The drone attack targeting Khamis Mushayt, state was the second on the city in recent days. 

Earlier this month, 10 drones attacked the Shaybah natural gas liquefaction plant in Saudi Arabia near the UAE border. The attack caused no injuries and did not disrupt operations, Saudi Arabia said.

Al-Maliki said the attacks reflect the size of the Houthi’s losses on the battlefield in Yemen as a result “of the continuing military operations deep inside Saada governorate.”

"All attempts by the Iranian-backed terrorist Houthi militia to launch drones are doomed to fail and the coalition takes all operational procedures and best practices of engagement rules to deal with these drones to protect civilians," Al-Maliki said.