15% infection allowance for workers of Holy Mosques

Updated 19 August 2014

15% infection allowance for workers of Holy Mosques

Government employees working at the Grand Mosque in Makkah and the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah will receive a 10 to 15 percent pay hike in light of the fact that they are exposed to various contagious diseases spread by pilgrims who come from different parts of the world.
Civil Service Minister Abdul Rahman Al-Barrak has approved the pay hike.
Employees working at gates and courtyards at the Two holy mosques will get the highest salary increase of 15 percent, while administrative workers at the two mosques will get a hike of 10 percent, said one source, adding that the special monthly allowance would be not less than SR750.
“This is a form of compensation for being exposed to contagious diseases,” the source said, adding that the pay hike for different categories of workers would be determined in coordination with the Presidency of the Two Holy Mosques.
The distribution of the pay hike will also take into consideration the terms and conditions stipulated in Article 52 of the Financial Rights and Benefits Law.
Al-Barrak had set up a committee to study the proposal made by the presidency on providing a special allowance to its workers. The committee, comprising representatives from the Civil Service and Finance Ministries, has approved the proposal, the source said.


Saudi health minister promises to procure tested vaccine

Saudi Health Minister Tawfiq Al-Rabiah. (AP)
Updated 20 October 2020

Saudi health minister promises to procure tested vaccine

  • COVID-19 cases continue to decline in Saudi Arabia

JEDDAH: Saudi Health Minister Dr. Tawfiq Al-Rabiah on Monday said the Kingdom will procure vaccine for the novel coronavirus once it is confirmed to be safe and effective.

He said research on the vaccine is underway in a number of countries and the Saudi health authorities are following the developments.
The number of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases continues to decline in the Kingdom with the recovery rate from the illness rising to 96 percent. The minister attributed the decline on the “commitment to health precautions.”
“I also thank my fellow health practitioners for their wonderful efforts,” Al-Rabiah said.
Commenting on the second and stronger wave of COVID-19 in some countries, he said it was due to a lack of “commitment to social distancing” and failure to wear masks and taking other precautions.
He ruled out any leniency on part of the government in its fight against the virus. The minister said it is necessary to abide by precautionary measures to keep the virus at bay.

FASTFACTS

• Saudi Arabia recorded 381 new infections on Monday.

• With 16 new fatalities, the virus-related death toll has risen to 5,201.

“We (all) are in one boat, and the failure of some affects everyone, so we must work together” to check the spread of the virus.
He also advised people who show COVID-19 symptoms to visit Tetamman (rest assured) clinics.
“Appointments can be made through the ministry’s Sehaty app, and anyone who has any questions or wants to consult a doctor can call 937,” the minister said.
Saudi Arabia recorded 381 new infections on Monday. The total number of COVID-19 cases has reached 348,583 since the beginning of the outbreak in the Kingdom.
The Health Ministry said 16 more people died due to complications caused by the virus raising the death toll to 5,201. The ministry also reported 357 new recoveries. The total number of recovered cases has now increased to 328,895.