Najran jail conditions help spread AIDS, TB

Updated 06 May 2014

Najran jail conditions help spread AIDS, TB

Government health officials in Najran have denied responsibility for the spread of AIDS and tuberculosis among inmates at the local prison, blaming instead prison authorities, who they say failed to implement their recommendations.
Authorities notified the local governorate after uncovering the extent of the problem.
The medical committee assigned to examine the situation on the ground found that the health situation in prison wards was unsatisfactory and on the decline. Health standards in quarantine rooms do not match regulations set by the Health Ministry, sources said.
While the committee said it did not examine staff or inmates at the prison for either AIDS or TB, TB appears to have spread through direct contact with other inmates who were infected with the disease.
The committee also found that most of the toilets in the quarantine area were faulty with the exception of a single toilet, which is used by all the quarantined inmates.
Officials also found hygiene standards among inmates to be poor and noted the absence of a company to disinfect the quarantine rooms.
Shaving tools for AIDS patients were also found being shared by other prisoners.
The committee has reiterated the need for prison officials to implement its recommendation to have four quarantine rooms, fix the suction fans and toilets inside the wards and separate AIDS and TB patients from others.
The committee also recommended that inmate beds be 1.5 meters apart and that there be no more than two prisoners per room. In addition, inmates should be regularly supplied with disinfectants, they suggested.
“Private companies should be deployed to ensure hygiene standards and inmates should be tested for viruses before being allowed to mingle with other prisoners,” said a source.


G20 financial inclusion meeting explores technology to bridge gap

Saudi Arabia will host the G20 summit in November.
Updated 12 min 57 sec ago

G20 financial inclusion meeting explores technology to bridge gap

  • The G20 GPFI seminar was a one-day event that brought together speakers and attendees from G20 members and non-G20 countries

RIYADH: Financial inclusion and its potential for unlocking economic opportunities and enabling development was on the agenda for a G20 meeting held recently in Riyadh.

According to The Global Findex Database 2017, there are about 1.7 billion unbanked adults worldwide. Those excluded from financial services are disproportionately young people and women. In addition, the SME financing gap is estimated to be $4.5 trillion.
The first G20 Global Partnership for Financial Inclusion (GPFI) meeting was preceded by a seminar on the same subject.
There remain challenges in the field of financial inclusion despite significant progress over the past decade, according to a press statement about the meeting. The G20 GPFI is exploring how technological advancements can help bridge the gap in the number of young people and women with no access to banking services.
The G20 GPFI seminar was a one-day event that brought together speakers and attendees from G20 members and non-G20 countries, international organizations, nongovernmental organizations, multilateral development banks, standard-setting bodies, as well as regional and international regulators, and private sector stakeholders.

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According to The Global Findex Database 2017, there are about 1.7 billion unbanked adults worldwide. Those excluded from financial services are disproportionately young people and women. In addition, the SME financing gap is estimated to be $4.5 trillion.

In his opening remarks the Saudi co-chair of the G20 GPFI, Haitham Al-Ghulaiga, said: “The focus in 2020 will be to harness digital and innovative technologies to advance financial inclusion of youth, women and SMEs to unleash their full potential and contribution to economic growth in both advanced and emerging markets.”
Following the seminar, the Saudi G20 presidency presented its priorities and work program for the GPFI meeting, which focused on three areas: Advancing digital financial inclusion of youth, empowering women through digital financial inclusion, and promoting digital and innovative SME financing.
Saudi Arabia will host the G20 summit in November.