Seven MERS cases surface in Al-Ahsa

Updated 29 October 2015
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Seven MERS cases surface in Al-Ahsa

RIYADH: The Ministry of Health (MoH) reported seven new Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) cases in the Al-Ahsa region on Tuesday.
MoH spokesman Faisal Al-Zahrani told Arab News on Wednesday that health officials were able to spot the disease immediately under the epidemiological survey carried out by the ministry.
“All seven cases were diagnosed positive on Tuesday night,” Al-Zahrani said, adding that the patients were from one primary case. One of the seven is a nurse working in one of the hospitals in the region.
All the affected have been transferred to Al-Mana General Hospital in Al-Ahsa, which is part of the private group of hospitals. They have been isolated for health safety purposes, the spokesman said.
As a precautionary measure, the MoH has alerted all hospitals in the region to be vigilant about the spread of new cases. Accordingly, they have been requested to report them to the ministry after following the preliminary regulations on admitting such patients.


Saudi Arabia’s first ‘smart’ pharmacy inaugurated

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Saudi Arabia’s first ‘smart’ pharmacy inaugurated

TABUK: Prince Fahd bin Sultan, governor of Tabuk region, inaugurated the Kingdom’s first smart pharmacy — operated by a robot — at King Fahd Specialist Hospital on Thursday, following his meeting with the province’s director general of health affairs, Ghurmallah bin Abdullah Al-Ghamdi.
It is hoped that the smart pharmacy — which can dispense 1,500 packages of medicine per hour, store over 20,000 packages of medicine, reject expired drugs, and deal with 240 prescriptions per hour — will save the time of patients and pharmacists, ensure better control of drug stocks, provide the highest safety standards, and reduce medication errors.
The pharmacy has six outlets, one of which is dedicated to serving disabled people.
Prince Fahd congratulated Tabuk Health Affairs on this achievement, which he said would contribute to better health care services.
He stressed that serving citizens was the main objective and praised the role of young men and women in meeting the requirements of the future.
He also thanked King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for their support for the health care sector in Saudi Arabia.
Al-Ghamdi thanked Prince Fahd for his support for the health care sector in the province.