Renal failure patients ‘are most at risk’

Updated 24 May 2014

Renal failure patients ‘are most at risk’

Those suffering from renal failure are most susceptible to contracting the coronavirus.
This was revealed by Dr. Fuad Shairiyyeh, director of the Kidney Center at King Fahd General Hospital in Jeddah.
Speaking to Arab News, he said that the center received 20 patients with renal failure who had also contracted the MERS infection in the recent outbreak.
“All of them were placed in quarantine for treatment. Some of them suffered from severe complications, and the antiviral medicines given them failed to save their lives, because their immune systems were extremely weak. The virus was so virile that it damaged the cells of their pulmonary systems,” he explained.
He added that it was likely that they had contracted the disease while they were in the emergency room in the hospital.
“We have had no new cases for the last two weeks,” Shairiyyeh confirmed, adding that the center had been completely rehabilitated and sanitized with chemicals and steam. “All the equipment, floors and wards have been sanitized,” he said.
He said that all appointments for patient dialysis have been rescheduled in order to complete the sanitization procedures, and to prevent the arrival of any MERS case or anyone with similar symptoms.
“We receive a daily average of over 80 patients who suffer from renal failure. About 595 patients receive dialysis at the hospital,” he said.
He further said that all patients, prior to admission to the dialysis wards, are checked by having their temperature taken. In case anyone has a higher temperature or any MERS-like symptoms, they are promptly transferred to the emergency room for further tests and analyzes,” he said, adding that all patients are required to wear face masks as a precautionary measure.


Dayma: Levantine flavors with a contemporary twist

Updated 25 October 2020

Dayma: Levantine flavors with a contemporary twist

  • Levantine cookhouse Dayma offers a selection of classic dishes with a contemporary twist
  • Dayma seals the deal with a card showing a cup of coffee and a translated Arabic proverb

DUBAI: Those of us who grew up eating Levantine cuisine will recall the warmth and flavor of many dishes, along with childhood memories of family gatherings and chitchat.

Levantine cookhouse Dayma offers a selection of classic dishes with a contemporary twist.

Starters include shatta prawn crescents — sourdough sambuseks stuffed with prawns, shatta (a Middle Eastern hot sauce), ginger, coriander and lime. The crispy dough encloses a zesty and slightly spicy filling.

Aubergine sfiha stars — sourdough shaped stars with smoked eggplant, pomegranate molasses and walnuts — are a smokier, vegetarian version of the Arabic meat pastry or sfiha.

Dayma also offers a selection of four starters in its “swingers special.” Try a range of pastries and decide which you would recommend.

From the dips, we would suggest the carrot mutabbal, a perfect marriage of tropical and Middle Eastern flavors. Unlike the original recipe based on smoked eggplant, this one uses whipped carrots and caraway, tahini, slivered dates and coconut shavings. The dip has a delicious sweet flavor with an interesting sour aftertaste.

Among the mains, if you are looking for a more traditional or mainstream example of Levantine cuisine, try Beik’s lamb chops. The meat is delightfully tender, with a sweet and smoky flavor.

Looking to try something old style cooked in a new style? The kebbeh mini-tray bake features burghul pie filled with a tasty stuffing of minced beef, caramelized onions, sour cherry and flaked almonds, generously spiced with cinnamon. 

Another delicious main is the yellowtail faskar. Locally sourced sea bream fillet is marinated in ginger, tamarind and coriander and then barbecued, giving it a smoky flavor.  

Dayma seals the deal with a card showing a cup of coffee and a translated Arabic proverb to honor the Middle Eastern tradition of serving guests coffee after a meal.

A great place to try traditional Arabic cuisine with a clever contemporary twist.