Shoura to discuss training programs, Saudi sports

The Shoura Council on Tuesday will discuss the report of the Committee of Islamic and Judicial Affairs from the General Presidency for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice.
Updated 03 February 2017

Shoura to discuss training programs, Saudi sports

RIYADH: The Shoura Council on Monday will discuss the annual report of the Management and Human Resources Committee.
The council also will discuss a report by the Health Committee on the facilities system and pharmaceuticals draft; a private health institutions system draft; and proposed amendments to the health professions practice system.
A government committee from the Institute of Public Administration is recommending the expansion of training programs at Saudi universities.
In addition, the council is expected to discuss a report of the Committee of Social Affairs, and Family and Youth from the General Authority of Sports.
The committee called in its recommendations to include subsidized figures sections in future reports to the reality and the development of sports in the society, including sport for women.
One of the topics on Monday’s agenda is a report from the Committee on Transport, Communications and Information Technology on the draft agreement between Saudi Arabia and the Republic of Togo on air transport services. The report includes topics on pilgrimage, housing, and services.
The council on Tuesday will discuss the report of the Committee of Islamic and Judicial Affairs from the General Presidency for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice.
The council, during the session, will also consider the report of the Committee of Culture, Information, and Tourism and Antiquities to add a penalty of defamation upon the perpetrators of offenses of the tourism system, in addition to the monuments and museums and architectural heritage system.


Saudi customs train dogs to sniff out infected air travelers

Saudi Health Ministry officials distribute roses to people following precautionary measures to prevent coronavirus. (Supplied)
Updated 05 August 2020

Saudi customs train dogs to sniff out infected air travelers

  • 1,983 critical cases reported, death toll reaches 2,984

JEDDAH: Saudi Customs officials are taking the lead in identifying air travelers harboring the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) — by using specially trained sniffer dogs.

The canine virus detectors are being drafted in at airports throughout the Kingdom to help pick up the scent of infected passengers.
Following the resumption of international flights, customs staff in Saudi Arabia are to use the animals as part of their efforts to stop the spread of the deadly virus.
The customs authority, in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), has been training Jack Russell terriers and other breeds to recognize the odor of COVID-19.
“The training has been 80 percent successful,” said Mohammed Al-Salloum, director of the National Center for Living Means at Saudi Customs, adding that final preparations were being put in place for the dog teams to start work in airport terminals throughout the country.
Meanwhile, the Saudi Ministry of Health on Tuesday announced 1,342 new confirmed COVID-19 cases, taking the total number in the Kingdom to 281,435.
Of the latest cases, 97 were recorded in Riyadh, 56 in Makkah, 53 in Madinah and Hafr Al-Batin, and 51 in Dammam, with 40 percent of them women. There were 34,763 active cases, with most patients in a stable condition, and 1,983 critical.
The number of people who have recovered from COVID-19 increased to 243,688 with 1,635 of those being in the latest 24-hour period. The Kingdom reported 35 new COVID-19-related deaths, raising the overall toll to 2,984.
The ministry said it had carried out 54,325 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests over 24 hours taking the total number of checks conducted since the outbreak to 3,528,040.