Saudi social security program pumps $560m into citizens’ accounts

The Citizens Account program aims to protect Saudi households from the impact of economic reforms, including VAT and higher petrol prices. (Reuters)
Updated 10 January 2018

Saudi social security program pumps $560m into citizens’ accounts

RIYADH: The Saudi Citizens Account social security program, which is designed to assist low- and middle-income families, on Wednesday deposited an instalment of SR2.1 billion ($560 million) into beneficiaries’ accounts.

The average payment stood at SR935 ($249) for each family in the second payment round in the Citizens Account program, Asharq Al-Awsat reported.

Ali Rajhi, general manager of the program, said 800,000 families have received support exceeding SR900 ($240).

Half of independent families and individuals received the full payment, while 26 percent of beneficiaries received partial support.

Beneficiaries included around 3 million independent families and individuals and 7.9 million heads of households, making a total of around 11 million.

Rajhi noted that the total payments to beneficiaries in the Citizens Account program, in its first and second rounds, reached SR4 billion.

The third payment will be deposited on Feb. 10 for those who completed their applications by Jan. 10.

The Citizens Account program aims to protect Saudi households from the direct and indirect impacts of economic reforms, compensating for an increase in prices as subsidies on electricity and petrol are cut, and value-added tax (VAT) is applied to goods.

Cash is deposited in beneficiaries’ accounts on the 10th of each month, except on weekends. If the 10th falls on a Friday, the cash is deposited on the Thursday; if it falls on Saturday, the cash is deposited on the Sunday.


KSRelief-backed Al-Amal Arsal Center continues to provide medical services to Syrian refugees

Updated 07 June 2020

KSRelief-backed Al-Amal Arsal Center continues to provide medical services to Syrian refugees

ARSAL, Lebanon:  The Al-Amal Medical Center in Lebanon’s Bekaa governorate continued to provide medical services to Syrian refugees with the support of the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief).

It is part of a project to strengthen health services for Syrian refugees and the host community in the town of Arsal.

In May, 4,575 patients visited the clinics and received 8,123 free health services across specialized departments, in addition to receiving help from laboratory, pharmacy and nursing services.

General health clinics received 396 patients, eye clinics had 506 patients, the emergency department 595 patients, dental clinics 325 patients, pediatric clinics saw 347 patients, with 125 vaccinations provided.

ENT clinics received 412 patients, orthopedic clinics 311 patients, heart clinics had 240 patients, urology clinics 472 patients, gastroenterology clinics 180 patients, gynecological clinics 271 patients, gland and diabetes clinics 65 patients, and psychiatric clinics 68 patients.

The Al-Amal Medical Center is following the necessary procedures and precautions in light of the coronavirus pandemic to provide services to patients in a safe medical environment.

Awareness campaigns were carried out to familiarize people with precautionary measures to prevent the spread of the disease, and they were provided with items for personal hygiene.

The medical director of the project, Dr. Tariq Shandab, said that the center aimed to serve more than 45,000 people and provide them with healthcare in a variety of fields, in addition to having an emergency department that worked around the clock and an integrated pharmacy to provide free medicine to all patients.

Shandab expressed his gratitude for the humanitarian services provided by Saudi Arabia, represented by KSRelief, to the Syrian refugees and their host community.