Djibouti minister hails KSRelief humanitarian efforts for distressed citizens, refugees

KSRelief General Supervisor Abdullah Al-Rabeeah meets with Djibouti Health Minister Djama Elmi Okieh in Riyadh on Friday. (SPA)
Updated 29 October 2017

Djibouti minister hails KSRelief humanitarian efforts for distressed citizens, refugees

RIYADH: The Djibouti minister of health praised services provided by the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) for his country, especially in the health sector.
This came during a meeting on Saturday between Djibouti’s Health Minister Djama Elmi Okieh and the adviser to the royal court and general supervisor of KSRelief, Abdullah Al-Rabeeah at the headquarters of the center in Riyadh.
During the meeting, they reviewed the services provided by KSRelief to the distressed and the needy in Djibouti and the humanitarian programs carried out in support of the Ministry of Health in cooperation with UN relief and humanitarian organizations.
The two sides also discussed a number of important issues in the field of humanitarian work and the possibility of cooperation in this regard.
In a press statement after the meeting, the minister expressed his sincere thanks and appreciation to King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for the Kingdom’s support to Djibouti through KSRelief.
The minister explained that “the center supported the health sector in Djibouti with medicines, equipment and provided services to Djiboutian citizens and refugees, whether from Yemen, Somalia or Ethiopia, and has helped nearly 175,000 citizens and residents.”
Okieh praised the acute vision of the Saudi leadership that is represented in the establishment of this center to serve as the Kingdom’s benevolent arm.
“The KSRelief provided assistance to 38 countries around the world in all areas of relief and health care in a short period since its establishment two-and-a-half years ago.”
The minister said that Saudi Arabia has provided services to Muslims and non-Muslims in many countries, in addition to the assistance provided to them in Djibouti, and Yemeni refugees who came to the country and reside in the Abkh camp.
“We look forward to the visit of Al-Rabeeah to inaugurate an integrated complex with its various services for Yemeni refugees in Djibouti, which is an important model and symbolizes the Kingdom’s support of its brothers,” he added.


Saudi health minister promises to procure tested COVID-19 vaccine

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

Saudi health minister promises to procure tested COVID-19 vaccine

JEDDAH: Saudi Health Minister 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.

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• 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.