65 MoH centers to monitor pilgrim health

Updated 20 September 2015
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65 MoH centers to monitor pilgrim health

RIYADH: The Ministry of Health has set up 65 epidemiological survey centers in Makkah and at the holy sites for the safety of the pilgrims, a senior official from the ministry told Arab News on Friday.
“We have mobilized our resources to offer maximum safety for the guests of Allah,” Faisal Al-Zahrani, Health Ministry spokesman, said Friday. He added that the ministry has adopted preventive, curative and emergency health services in addition to its public awareness program.
He pointed out that the team of preventive health officials are manning the 15 land, sea and air entry points in the western province to check the health condition of the pilgrims who are arriving from various parts of the world.
“There is a central command center which would receive and coordinate actions with other relevant organizations for immediate implementation of plans regarding any outbreak of diseases.
In a statement on Wednesday, Health Minister Khalid Al-Falih reassured citizens, residents and pilgrims that the health situation of pilgrims is good, and no epidemic or pandemic cases have been detected among them so far.
Al-Falih said that his ministry takes the preventive aspect of any disease as one of its top priorities, and keeps abreast of the latest developments and changes in health domain, locally and internationally, in collaboration and coordination with the World Health Organization and the international health authorities, such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The minister pointed out that the MoH has made all technical preparations for the Haj season in en endeavor to maintain the health and safety of pilgrims and ensure for them an appropriate, healthy environment.


Iranian regime continues to feed sectarianism: Saudi deputy defense minister

Updated 24 April 2019
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Iranian regime continues to feed sectarianism: Saudi deputy defense minister

  • “We have to choose between the chaos that Iran spreads and stability, security and development,” he said
  • Delegation led by Prince Khalid bin Salman bin Abdulaziz in Russia for an official visit

DUBAI: Saudi Arabia’s Deputy Defense Minister Khalid bin Salman said the Iranian regime continues to feed sectarianism and disrespect international laws at the eighth Moscow Conference on International Security on Wednesday.

“We have to choose between the chaos that Iran spreads and stability, security and development,” he said adding that “Iran is spreading chaos in the region through destruction and bloodshed, and by supporting the militias of Hezbollah and Houthis.”

“Houthi militias continue to violate the resolutions of the Security Council and the Stockholm Agreement, ignored UN resolution 2216 and the Gulf initiative…our goal is to achieve stability for Yemeni citizens under a legitimate government,” he said.

The deputy defense minister also said that the Kingdom is witnessing today an unprecedented transformation and development to achieve the vision 2030.

A delegation led by Prince Khalid bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, the Saudi deputy minister of defense, has arrived in Russia for an official visit on Tuesday, during which the members will take part in the eighth Moscow Conference on International Security and hold a number of meetings.

Prince Khalid was welcomed by Saudi Ambassador to Russia Dr. Raed Qurmali, military adviser Maj. Gen. Talal Al-Otaibi and Military Attache Gen. Mohammad Al-Mutairi, along with the deputy chief of staff of the Russian defense ministry and other civilian and military officials.