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.


Plan approved to establish Institute of Traditional Arts in Saudi Arabia

The minister of culture announced last August that academies will be evaluated according to the market’s needs. (SPA)
Updated 23 October 2019

Plan approved to establish Institute of Traditional Arts in Saudi Arabia

  • The Institute of Traditional Arts aims to preserve the local identity through teaching arts, contributing to the preservation and development of the Saudi heritage, graduating qualified practitioners, and using arts to raise awareness

RIYADH: The minister of culture, Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan, on Tuesday, adopted a plan to establish the Institute of Traditional Arts at the Royal Academy of Arts.
The institute will begin receiving applications for the fall of 2020, targeting 1,000 students and trainees in long- and short-term programs.
The Institute of Traditional Arts aims to preserve the local identity through teaching arts, contributing to the preservation and development of the Saudi heritage, graduating qualified practitioners, and using arts to raise awareness.
The institute also aims to encourage artists through programs or partnership with relevant sectors.
The institute is part of the Academies of Arts’ initiative, which was announced in the Ministry of Culture’s first package last March, and the among the quality of life program’s initiatives. The minister of culture announced last August that academies will be evaluated according to the market’s needs, with the first being specialized in heritage and traditional arts and crafts.