King Faisal Hospital participates in World Health Forum

Updated 11 September 2018

King Faisal Hospital participates in World Health Forum

RIYADH: King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center has participated in the World Health Forum held in the Riyadh International Convention and Exhibition Center from Sept. 10 to 12.
The forum offers specialized services in medical and research fields, as well as introducing cooperation between institutions and international medical centers.
Dr. Firas Al-Freih, Consultant of Hematology and Head of the Stem Cell Donors Register at King Faisal Hospital, said the Saudi health minister has visited the hospital’s wing at the forum.
Al-Frieh praised minister Tawfiq Al Rabiah humanitarian gesture in including the name of his excellency in the register for stem cell donors, in a bid to encourage others to follow his steps, in what helps in finding donors for patients struggling with severe diseases.
Dr. Al-Freih noted that the turnout of donors who registered their names ta forum was quite encouraging, adding that the register was established in 2016 and the number of donors in its database is about 51,000 people.
The importance of this register lies in fulfilling the needs of patients suffering severe illnesses that could be treated by stem cell transplants from donors if found to be a good match for a recipient.


Saudi minister calls on worshippers to respect safety measures in mosques

Updated 5 min 58 sec ago

Saudi minister calls on worshippers to respect safety measures in mosques

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia's minister of Islamic affairs called on Muslims to respect ongoing preventative measures to stop the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) inside mosques as the Kingdom eases some restrictions.

Sheikh Abdullatif Al-Asheikh said worshipers should bring their own prayer mats, wear masks and wash their hands prior to coming to the mosque to ensure the safety of other worshippers. 

Al-Asheikh said preventative measures will remain in place to ensure a safe return of worshipers to mosques for Friday prayers from May 31 until June 20, except in Makkah. 

Worshippers must keep two meters apart and leave a row of space empty between each row, he said.

The minister said the elderly and children under 15 should continue to avoid going to the mosque. 

The instructions follow other announcements in the Kingdom relaxing aspects of the lockdown, including reducing curfews and allowing freer movement of people.