Saudi Arabia ‘believes in equal rights for disabled’

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Abdallah Al-Mouallimi, Saudi ambassador to the UN. (Supplied)
Updated 17 June 2019

Saudi Arabia ‘believes in equal rights for disabled’

  • Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 reform plan aims to uphold the rights of disabled people, and empower them to actively participate in shaping the country’s economic and social future

NEW YORK: Saudi Arabia, represented by its permanent mission to the UN, participated in an event on the sidelines of the Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) at the UN headquarters in New York.
The event, titled “Innovation for All,” was organized by the UAE’s permanent mission to the UN as part of a series of events to review national and international experiences in supporting people with disabilities.
A number of Saudi and Emirati officials and prominent figures participated in the event to shed light on efforts to promote innovations and initiatives to help people with disabilities.
Abdallah Al-Mouallimi, Saudi ambassador to the UN, thanked the UAE’s permanent mission for inviting the Saudi mission to participate.
Al-Mouallimi said Saudi Arabia has ratified the CRPD and firmly believes in equal and fundamental rights and freedoms for disabled people, as well as full respect for their dignity.
The Kingdom “is aware of the decisive role of new innovations to facilitate the achievement of this objective and the elimination of discrimination faced by disabled and elderly people,” he added.
The Kingdom’s Vision 2030 reform plan aims to uphold the rights of disabled people, and empower them to actively participate in shaping the country’s economic and social future, Al-Mouallimi said.

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7% of the Saudi population have a mild or severe disability, said Ahmed Al-Frian, counselor of the Kingdom’s permanent representative to the UN.

The aims of the King Salman Center for Disability Research (KSCDR) include “using the latest technologies to improve our understanding of disability, improving diagnostic and treatment capabilities, and developing ways to provide people with disabilities with concrete assistance,” Al-Mouallimi said.
The Saudi Education Ministry has taken measures to integrate disabled students, including special education programs in regular schools, training faculty members who work with disabled students, and providing technological instruments for disabled students free of charge, he added.


Pilgrims to quarantine for 14 days after Hajj

More than 41,361 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests have been conducted in the past 24 hours. (SPA)
Updated 04 August 2020

Pilgrims to quarantine for 14 days after Hajj

  • COVID-19 cases in Saudi Arabia continue to fall, officials say

JEDDAH: Pilgrims who took part in this year’s Hajj must continue wearing electronic tags so authorities can track their 14-day quarantine once they return home.

The bracelet is designed to monitor pilgrims’ adherence to quarantine, as well as monitoring and recording their health status through the “Tatamman” app.
Pilgrims were required to quarantine before embarking on the Hajj and wore the bracelets to ensure they were obeying the self-isolation rules as part of strict measures to contain the spread of coronavirus.
The country continues to experience a decline in COVID-19 cases. Recorded infections remain below the 2,000 mark for the 10th day in a row. The Kingdom reported 1,258 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday, raising the number of those infected to 280,093 so far.
There are currently 35,091 active cases and six patients were admitted to critical care units, raising the number to 2,017. There were 32 new fatalities, raising the death toll to 2,949.
There were 1,972 new recoveries recorded, raising the total number of recoveries to 242,053.
More than 41,361 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests have been conducted in the past 24 hours. The total number of PCR tests conducted to date exceeds 3.47 million.

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280,093 COVID-19 cases

242,053 Recoveries

35,091 Active cases

2,949 Total deaths

3.47m PCR tests

The Ministry of Health has been carrying out daily visits to health institutions in order to assess their level of commitment to anti-coronavirus measures, such as ensuring that staff adhere to social distancing, wear masks, and adopt the health practices and crisis management mechanisms recommended by authorities to protect patients and staff.
Teams have been dispatched to supervise the compliance of health facilities’ quarantine centers across Saudi Arabia and stepped up their visits to government and private hospitals to ensure their compliance with health protocols, sample transfers and staff testing as well as ensuring that all routine surgeries are stopped.
More than 5,000 violations have been recorded and violators were referred to committees. More than 150 facilities were temporarily shut down by the ministry until the proper protocols were implemented and the violations were fixed. A number of institutions were able to resume operations after settling fines.