Saudi Ministry of Health: Vaccines important in preventing communicable diseases

Vaccination means a better life and a safer future for our children and the generations to come. (REUTERS)
Updated 29 April 2019
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Saudi Ministry of Health: Vaccines important in preventing communicable diseases

  • Vaccination means a better life and a safer future for our children and the generations to come

RIYADH: The Saudi Ministry of Health has called vaccines: “A cornerstone of public health, a means to protect individuals from communicable diseases, and the best way to protect children from diseases and epidemics.” 
The statement came on Sunday, as the ministry took part in World Immunization Week. It tweeted a number of tips highlighting the importance of vaccines, and addressed a number of misconceptions by using the hashtag “#WorldImmunizationWeek.”
“Vaccination means a better life and a safer future for our children and the generations to come,” the ministry said. “They should not be delayed unless the child has a high fever or is hospitalized.
“The most vulnerable groups in need of immunization are those suffering from chronic diseases, immunological diseases, and the elderly, especially in the case of an epidemic. Data from studies and scientific reviews shows that vaccines do not damage children’s natural immune systems, and immunization should not be limited to children.”


Bassam Ghulman, deputy minister at the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah

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Bassam Ghulman, deputy minister at the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah

Bassam Ghulman has been deputy minister for transportation affairs at the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah since February 2018.

Previously, he was general manager of the Haramain High-Speed Rail Project, which links the holy cities of Makkah and Madinah.

He was also a professor of contracts and construction project management at Umm Al-Qura University in Makkah.

He first joined the university as an assistant lecturer in 1994, and held several positions there, including head of the civil engineering department.

Ghulman serves as vice chairman of the board of the Saudi Council of Engineers. He was an adviser to the secretary of Makkah, having first joined the municipality there as an assistant civil engineer in 1991.

Ghulman holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Umm Al-Qura University. He earned his master’s and Ph.D. in civil engineering from the University of Oklahoma in the US.

He has participated in local, regional and international events and conferences, and has published numerous academic papers and books.

Ghulman is a member of several government committees, including the advisory board for development in the Makkah region.

He recently met with members of the transport sector at the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah to discuss early preparations for this year’s season.

Ghulman said the meeting was in line with the ministry’s vision to improve and develop services to transport pilgrims to holy sites.