Saudi health ministry says pilgrims’ health situation ‘reassuring’

Muslim pilgrims arrive at King Abdulaziz International Airport on July 7, 2019, prior to the annual Hajj pilgrimage in the holy city of Mecca. July 2019 file photo (AFP)
Updated 14 July 2019
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Saudi health ministry says pilgrims’ health situation ‘reassuring’

  • The ministry statement said that it was reassured by the general good health of pilgrims
  • The statement said that a large number of pilgrims were vaccinated against a number of diseases

DUBAI: There are no cases of epidemics or diseases that would require quarantine conditions among pilgrims, the Saudi Ministry of Health said in a statement.

The ministry statement added that it was reassured by the general good health of pilgrims, but that it would continue to monitor the situation as pilgrims arrived during the Hajj season.

The statement added that a large number of pilgrims were vaccinated against a number of diseases, including  87.4 percent for meningitis, 67.3 percent for yellow fever and 95.3 percent for polio.


Dr. Iman bint Habas Al-Mutairi, new CEO of Saudi National Competitiveness Center

Updated 19 September 2019

Dr. Iman bint Habas Al-Mutairi, new CEO of Saudi National Competitiveness Center

Dr. Iman bint Habas Al-Mutairi is the newly appointed CEO of the National Competitiveness Center (NCC).

Al-Mutairi received her bachelor’s degree in chemistry from King Faisal University in 1992. In 1997, she obtained a Ph.D. in biochemistry from the University of Bristol, UK.

She began her career as a lecturer in the chemistry department of King Faisal University, from 1993 to 1994, before lecturing at the University of Bristol for three years.

In 1998, she became an assistant professor of human genetics at Harvard University, and two years later she joined Perkin Elmer as a scientific research consultant in biological sciences in the US until 2002.

A year later, she joined Hospital Aramco as a preventive medicine consultant. She then headed the department of public medical relations, and served as an acting director of the department of medical technical support services, and the head of quality and patient safety from 2007 to 2010.

With Saudi Aramco, she headed the manpower planning and analysis department for a year, before she became the project manager of the Aramco Accelerated Strategic Transformation Program from 2011 to 2012.

Al-Mutairi ran her company, Heemah for Business Services between 2014 and 2017.

She also helped with the establishment of the National Competitiveness Center, and coordinated the partnership between Johns Hopkins Hospital and Aramco Healthcare.

In 2017, Al-Mutairi served as an adviser to the minister of commerce and investment.