Ebola battle: GCC takes unified stance

Updated 17 August 2014

Ebola battle: GCC takes unified stance

GCC countries have pledged to take a unified stance to combat the deadly Ebola virus by training health officials and making use of regional facilities to diagnose and treat such diseases within the Kingdom.
“The meeting that took place between GCC health officials in Riyadh on Wednesday came in good time,” Tawfiq Khoja, director-general of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Health Ministers’ Executive Office, told Arab News.
The meeting, held under Khoja’s chairmanship, discussed national, regional and global experiences of the virus and also chalked out a common strategy to combat the disease.
“Delegates will make every effort to keep the disease out of the region,” he said.
The Ebola outbreak, the worst ever recorded, is centered in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, but has spread to other countries in recent months.
The virus is a severe and often fatal disease that affects and kills up to 90 percent of humans infected with the virus.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the virus a global health emergency.
Delegates will also promote cooperation, coordination and exchange of information and experiences between the GCC countries and specialized international organizations, such as the WHO, the Atlanta-based Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Agriculture Organization.
Periodic assessment of the disease at national, regional and at global levels would also be carried out, officials said.
A German laboratory recently reported that samples taken from a Saudi man were negative for Ebola virus, the Ministry of Health announced.


Madinah governor opens project for needy students

Madinah Gov. Prince Faisal bin Salman. (SPA)
Updated 20 September 2020

Madinah governor opens project for needy students

  • Education Minister Dr. Hamad bin Mohammed Al-Asheikh thanked the governor for giving special attention to the education sector in the region and for his support to the initiative to help needy students

MADINAH: Madinah Gov. Prince Faisal bin Salman on Saturday inaugurated a project for needy students in the region. The project launched by the Ministry of Education in collaboration with the “Good City” initiative aims to provide needy students with necessary educational supplies.
In the first phase of the project, 6,000 electronic devices such as tablets, etc. will be distributed among students. The program also includes maintenance, programming, and repair of all devices free of charge in cooperation with the Technical Education and Vocational Training Center in Madinah.
The Madinah governor instructed the relevant authorities to deliver equipment to selected students within three weeks.
Prince Faisal also called on the business community to contribute to the charitable project to ensure continuity of education during the pandemic and to make it easier for needy students to achieve their educational goals.
Education Minister Dr. Hamad bin Mohammed Al-Asheikh thanked the governor for giving special attention to the education sector in the region and for his support to the initiative to help needy students.
Authorities in Madinah are taking several measures to boost the education sector. One of the many initiatives includes a system for the professional development of teachers in collaboration with the Ministry of Education.
Due to the ongoing coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, authorities have taken all measures to ensure effective distant learning programs at all educational levels.