Pfizer to train KSU pharmacy students

Pfizer to train KSU pharmacy students
Updated 16 July 2018

Pfizer to train KSU pharmacy students

Pfizer to train KSU pharmacy students

In collaboration with King Saud University, Pfizer Saudi Arabia Ltd. has announced the organization of an extensive training course on Monday and Tuesday for students from the university’s College of Pharmacy. The course is part of many programs organized by Pfizer in cooperation with different Saudi universities with the objective to contribute to developing and qualifying Saudi students as well as enhancing their pharmaceutical skills. The programs come within the company’s efforts to effectively participate in the realization of the objectives of Vision 2030.
The training course will be offered by international experts and specialists from Pfizer with the aim to develop this vital sector in the Kingdom.
General Manager of Pfizer Saudi Arabia Ltd., Dr. Alaa Abdul Ghani explained that the course intends to empower Saudi pharmacy students and enrich them with practical and scientific experience that can enable them to work in the pharmaceutical sector and contribute to building their communities and nation. “At Pfizer we have used practical methods to express our commitment toward the Saudi community as well as our vision to contribute to the realization of Vision 2030, which is particularly concerned with employing Saudi youth. In this context, we launched this program to collaborate with colleges of pharmacy across the Kingdom,” he added.
Dean of the College of Pharmacy at King Saud University, Dr. Aws bin Ibrahim Al-Shamsan expressed his appreciation to Pfizer for taking the initiative by organizing this course and inviting international experts to enrich the Kingdom’s pharmaceutical industry by transferring their knowledge to Saudi students. He revealed that this program is the first of more pharmaceutical training programs to come in cooperation with different partners and sectors.
In early 2017, Pfizer Saudi Arabia Ltd. opened its new integrated plant at King Abdullah Economic City with an investment value exceeding $50 million. The plant aims to manufacture Pfizer products locally and transfer expertise, technologies, and trained personnel to the Kingdom. The new plant contributes to the provision of medications for different categories of patients, and also creates the opportunity to develop industrial expertise and qualify local competencies to manufacture drugs inside the Kingdom.
Pfizer Saudi Arabia Ltd., which falls under its parent company located in the US, has been operating in the Kingdom since the 1960s.


Saudi Arabian Airlines bags Diamond status for health safety

Saudi Arabian Airlines bags Diamond status for health safety
Updated 17 January 2021

Saudi Arabian Airlines bags Diamond status for health safety

Saudi Arabian Airlines bags Diamond status for health safety

The Kingdom’s national flag carrier Saudi Arabian Airlines (Saudia) has been awarded the Diamond status by APEX Health Safety, powered by Simpliflying, for the airline’s efforts in ensuring the highest standards of cleanliness and sanitation across its operations.

The Diamond status from the Airline Passenger Experience Association (APEX) is an accolade that recognizes industry leadership and stewardship in ensuring that the airline is deploying stringent measures in safety and protection from COVID-19.

Saudia CEO Captain Ibrahim S. Koshy said: “Saudia places the safety of its guests and team members as its highest priority and is committed to exemplary, rigorous sanitization protocols for every step of the journey.

“Safety is paramount. Our team is dedicated to excellence and is ready to provide Saudia’s signature hospitable service onboard while following the coronavirus safety measures, which the airline has instituted.”

APEX CEO Dr. Joe Leader said: “Saudia’s rise to become a 2021 APEX five-star airline has now been further advanced by reaching the pinnacle Diamond-level of hospital-grade health safety for the well-being of every customer.

“With APEX’s 42-years serving as a global nonprofit dedicated entirely to advancing airline passenger experience, Saudia’s commitment to customer care has never shined as brightly as proven now by SimpliFlying’s exhaustive, scientifically-based review.”

Shashank Nigam, CEO of SimpliFlying, a global aviation strategy firm, said: “Saudia has raised the bar for health safety standards in the industry by initiatives such as the brand partnership with Dettol and sanitization of lavatories after each use. Taking such hospital-grade measures in ensuring health safety goes a long way in bolstering trust among travelers.”

A few of Saudia’s health and safety protocols include the following:

Digital boarding passes 

All guests flying with the airline are required to display a digital boarding pass at check-in and boarding counters.

Full sterilization after every flight

Saudia utilizes UVC ultraviolet rays to sterilize its aircraft seats. The new technology works by launching ultraviolet rays to sterilize cabin surfaces within 10 minutes, in a fully medium-sized cabin. UVC sanitation protocols are in full effect after every flight.

Employee testing and kits

Saudia screens all frontline staff and cabin crew members prior to each flight.The airline’s cabin crew wear full PPE kits onboard, which include: Disposable gloves, face masks, eye shield/ goggles, and medical gown.

Social distancing onboard

The cabin crew and check-in team members are mindful of maintaining social distancing at all times with other crew members, ground staff and guests.

Personal kits

All guests flying with Saudia receive a Dettol hygiene kit for comfort throughout their journey.

Onboard cuisine All food and beverages distributed onboard are sealed. Cutlery and flatware are all disposable and presented to passengers within a safety packet.