Miswak couldbe a non-oilexport item

Updated 11 January 2016
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Miswak couldbe a non-oilexport item

RIYADH: The government is planning to nationalize the production and sale of miswak and later focus on its exports, an official has said, adding that the product could become a part of Saudi Arabia’s major non-oil exports because of its religious significance.

“Expatriates working in the sector would have to give up this work so that citizens can take over,” Ibrahim Al-Muaiqil, director general of human resources fund, was quoted as saying by an online newspaper on Sunday.
The Ministry of Labor is heading in the direction of nationalization of the sale of miswak in all parts of the Kingdom, in cooperation with the Ministry of Social Affairs, he said.
Miswak, a teeth-cleaning twig, is made from the Salvadora persica tree (known as arak in Arabic) and has religious significance.
If the Ministry of Social Affairs succeeds in opening up windows for sale of miswak around the Grand Mosque in Makkah, the next step would be to nationalize its sale in all parts of the country, the report said.
Al-Muaiqil said the income from this sector is huge and can create a major transformation for those who work in the area. “The two ministries were cooperating in this area to start export after complete nationalization.”
He said that the joint project would include exclusion of expatriates who currently dominate this sector at all its stages. Only Saudis would be involved in the production of miswak, its sale and marketing.
The entire process of nationalization would require steps such as improvement of the sector, making standards for their preservation, packaging and transportation, he said.
“After it is nationalized, the next stage would be its entry into the manufacturing industry by producing pastes and related items,” he added.


Man arrested in Jeddah for unlicensed chiropractic clinic

A man was arrested by Jeddah police for turning his apartment in to a clinic. (Shutterstock)
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Man arrested in Jeddah for unlicensed chiropractic clinic

  • The apartment has been shut down until concerned authorities are done interrogating him
  • the fake physician had been receiving six to seven patients per day, and taking SR500 ($133) from every new patient and SR300 from returning ones

JEDDAH: Jeddah police and the Health Ministry have arrested a man who had turned his apartment in Al-Bawadi district into a chiropractic clinic.

The apartment has been shut down until concerned authorities are done interrogating him. The director of the Compliance Department, Sultan Al-Mehmadi, said the man’s activities were being monitored since May 12, 2017, after information had been reported about malpractices in the apartment.

He added that the fake physician had been receiving six to seven patients per day, and taking SR500 ($133) from every new patient and SR300 from returning ones.

“Inside the apartment, concerned authorities found a room dedicated to manual therapy, and seized… paper used for preparing invoices and medical reports, stamps for crediting these documents, a large number of lab test results, and X-rays requested by him,” Al-Mehmadi said.

“The fake physician was found to be a 66-year-old Lebanese man. After the initial interrogation, he admitted to having been practicing this profession for 15 years.”

The apartment was equipped with medical devices and machines used for physical therapy, and featured medical certificates obtained from anonymous sources, Al-Mehmadi added.

The expatriate’s practice was not approved by the Saudi Commission for Health Specialties, and he was not licensed to practice a health-related profession. As such, he has violated Article 28 of the Law of Practicing Health Care Professions.

Jeddah’s Health Department urged citizens and residents to be cautious and not get deceived by such practices, which may cause more harm than good.

The department said it will not hesitate to arrest violators who manipulate and deceive people in need for treatment.