Minister wants airport health check for Umrah pilgrims

Updated 16 January 2015
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Minister wants airport health check for Umrah pilgrims

Health Minister Mohammed Alhayazie has urged officials to ensure that all precautions are taken to check foreign Umrah pilgrims at King Abdulaziz International Airport (KAIA) in Jeddah to prevent the spread of contagious diseases.
“We should also provide Umrah pilgrims with the necessary health services,” the minister said, while receiving a report on the performance of the health-monitoring center at KAIA, which was presented by its director Abdul Ghani Al-Maliki.
More than 6 million foreign pilgrims are expected to arrive this year for Umrah, which is four times the number of pilgrims who come for the annual Haj.
During last year’s Haj season, the government took a series of measures to prevent an outbreak of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome and Ebola viruses in the Kingdom. It did not allow entry to Hajis from Ebola-hit countries.
All pilgrims aged two years and older, who intend to undertake Haj or Umrah, and seasonal workers, are required to provide proof of vaccination against meningococcal meningitis ACW135Y to obtain a visa for entry into the Kingdom.
Meningococcal ACW135Y vaccine should be administered to pilgrims not more than three years and not less than 10 days before their arrival in the Kingdom, and should be recorded in a vaccination book showing the traveler’s full name.
All travelers arriving from polio-endemic countries, and those where there have been outbreaks including Afghanistan, Chad, Nigeria and Pakistan, regardless of age and vaccination status, should receive one dose of oral polio vaccine.
Pilgrims arriving from countries at risk of transmission of yellow fever must present a valid International Certificate of Vaccination or Prophylaxis, documenting yellow fever vaccination completed in accordance with international health regulations.
The ministry recommends that international pilgrims be vaccinated against seasonal influenza before arrival in the Kingdom, particularly those at increased risk, including pregnant women, children under five years, the elderly and individuals with underlying health conditions.


Saudi efforts to ‘heal Afghan division’ win royal approval

King Salman chairs the Cabinet session in Jeddah on Tuesday. SPA
Updated 18 July 2018
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Saudi efforts to ‘heal Afghan division’ win royal approval

  • The forum urged all Afghan factions to halt the fighting and work toward “reconciliation between brothers
  • China’s Belt and Road initiative will link the interests of China and Arab countries

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman has expressed his appreciation to scholars who took part in the International Ulema Conference on Peace and Security in Afghanistan in Makkah, saying the Kingdom was making efforts to “heal the divisions and differences among the Afghan people.”

Chairing the Cabinet session at Al-Salam Palace in Jeddah on Tuesday, the king said Saudi Arabia was working toward “unifying the ranks and words of Muslims worldwide.”
He briefed the Cabinet on the results of his recent talks with President Cyril Ramaphosa, of South Africa, on future cooperation between the two countries.
The Cabinet welcomed the final statement by the Makkah conference calling on states, organizations and Islamic elites to play positive roles in achieving security and peace in Afghanistan.
The forum urged all Afghan factions to halt the fighting and work toward “reconciliation between brothers, extinguishing the fire of sedition.”
Muslims worldwide should continue their “firm stand in front of the advocates of violence and extremism in defense of their religion and maintaining the unity of the Islamic world,” it said.
The Cabinet also reviewed a ministerial meeting of the Arab-Chinese Cooperation Forum in Beijing and welcomed a decision by Chinese leader President Xi Jinping to establish an Arab-Chinese strategic partnership.
China’s Belt and Road initiative will link the interests of China and Arab countries and “add to the prosperity and economic advancement of all,” it said.
The Cabinet denounced recent suicide attacks on two election gatherings in Pakistan and the city of Jalalabad in eastern Afghanistan, and offered condolences to families of the victims.
In the local arena, the Cabinet extended its appreciation to the king, based on a report by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, for pardoning all troops who have taken part in the Saudi Renewal of Hope operation in Yemen of their military and disciplinary penalties for their heroism and sacrifices.
The Cabinet approved a license for the Iraqi Commercial Bank to open a branch in Saudi Arabia and authorized the Minister of Finance to decide on any subsequent requests to open other branches.