Integrated pest control system adopted

Updated 06 July 2013

Integrated pest control system adopted

The Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs has founded a pest museum as part of its efforts to achieve broader environmental health awareness.
The ministry launched the pest museum project after conducting a study between 2009 and 2011 on pests commonly found in Najran, Jazan, Asir and the Baha provinces, Yahya Al-Hoqail, director of public health at the ministry, said in a statement to the Saudi Press Agency yesterday.
The project initially included a database on pests that are commonly combated by municipalities in various provinces before founding the museum at the ministry’s headquarters, aimed at raising awareness about the dangers posed to humans.
Exhibits at the museum were collected from the southern region over a period of 24 months. Captions detailing their places of breeding, geographical distribution and their peak breeding times are also supplied.
The ministry has also adopted an environmental-friendly strategy of integrated pest management using techniques such as engineering combat, genetic combat and biological combat. The strategy also stresses the minimal use of pesticides and choosing the most suitable pesticide where needed, said Al-Hoqail.
The museum also exhibits six publications issued by the ministry on public health management and spreading awareness about the dangers posed by pests, such as mosquitoes, fleas, rodents, stray animals and birds. The publications are also distributed to municipalities and other local administrations, besides being posted on Internet sites.


Fahad Al-Azzam, assistant deputy minister for empowerment at the Saudi Ministry of Health

Updated 14 August 2020

Fahad Al-Azzam, assistant deputy minister for empowerment at the Saudi Ministry of Health

Fahad Al-Azzam has been the assistant deputy minister for empowerment at the Ministry of Health since September 2019.
He has also been the general manager for enterprise at the ministry’s project management office since July 2016, where he developed and implemented a standard set of project management processes and models, and built the framework and updated it to account for developments and best practices.
It was announced on Monday that Al-Azzam’s role as assistant deputy minister for empowerment has been extended for another year.
Al-Azzam obtained a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering at King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Dhahran, in 2007. He studied abroad in the US, obtaining a master’s degree in engineering and technology management from the University of Bridgeport, Connecticut, in 2014.
Prior to his current position, Al-Azzam worked as a cooperative trainee at the Saudi Electricity Co. between May and October 2006.
At the Advanced Electronics Co., he worked as an assistant field service engineer between July 2007 and May 2009, and technical support and field service engineer between May 2009 and December 2010.
At the Saudi Food and Drug Authority, he worked as senior electrical engineer at their radiation safety department between January 2011 and February 2015.
He developed a safety program for exporting and importing electronics devices to and from Saudi Arabia and worked at controlling the risk resulting from the use of radiation-emitting devices. He also worked there as a project manager at their project management office between February 2015 and July 2016.