Bid to create 20,000 jobs in health sector

Updated 17 August 2015
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Bid to create 20,000 jobs in health sector

JEDDAH: The Ministry of Health has decided to award scholarships to Saudi students in an attempt to provide approximately 20,000 jobs in the health sector, which is in high demand.

The decision follows a previous agreement between the Health and Education ministries, local media has reported.
The Health Ministry has clearly identified the areas of specialization that require fulfilling and intends to use the scholarships as an incentive to attract Saudi students to the field. Hence, it has refrained from providing scholarships to fields that are self-sufficient and operated by Saudis.
The ministry has particularly focused on specialization in the nursing field, as it wants to improve the generic mechanisms of nursing to an advanced level.
The scholarships for the specialization include undergraduate programs, general nursing, respiratory health care, speech pathology, occupational therapy, prosthetics, foot care, cardiac ischemia, ambulance and emergencies, clinical nutrition, clinical pharmacy, nuclear therapy and radiation protection.
The undergraduate diploma provides specializations in adult intensive care, child intensive care nursing, theater medical operations and emergency medicine.
The specializations provided by the master’s degrees include disaster management, biomedical engineering, clinical psychology, ambulance and emergencies, clinical nutrition, physical therapy, occupational health, international health, nuclear and occupational therapy, health informatics, speech and communication, patient safety, medical sciences, critical care nursing, emergency, nursing and infection control.
Associate degrees, also provided by the scholarships, include specializations such as clinical pharmacy, intensive care medicine, emergency medicine, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology.
The doctoral degree will cover scholarships for specializations of occupational therapy and clinical nutrition.


Saudi Arabia welcomes US decision on Iran oil sanction waivers

Updated 52 min 29 sec ago
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Saudi Arabia welcomes US decision on Iran oil sanction waivers

  • The Saudi minister said Iran uses state income to finance their dangerous policies
  • Saudi Arabia will work with other oil producing countries to stabilize international market

DUBAI: Saudi Arabia has welcomed US Foreign Minister Mike Pompeo’s announcement that waivers on the sanctions on Iranian oil exports will be lifted, Saudi state agency SPA reported.

Saudi Arabia believes the US decision is a necessary step to pressure the Iranian government to stop jeopardizing peace and end their global support for terrorism, the Saudi Foreign Minister, Ibrahim bin Abdulaziz Al-Assaf, said.

The Iranian regime uses the country’s income to finance dangerous policies without any consideration for international law, the minster added.

International pressures on Iran must continue until it stops interfering in the domestic affairs of other countries, he stressed.

Saudi Arabia will continue their strict adherence to the policies, which aim to stabilize international markets, and will not produce oil beyond the balance, Al-Assaf said.

The Kingdom will cooperate with other oil producing countries to produce enough oil for consumers, he added.