Saudi Red Crescent implements program to serve pilgrims

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Saudi Red Crescent Authority teams are on standby round-the-clock in Madinah 24, ready to assist pilgrims. (SPA)
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Saudi Red Crescent Authority teams are on standby round-the-clock in Madinah 24, ready to assist pilgrims. (SPA)
Updated 24 July 2019

Saudi Red Crescent implements program to serve pilgrims

  • Emergency medical teams cover all roads leading to Madinah, follow pilgrim convoys arriving or leaving the city

MADINAH: The Saudi Red Crescent Authority (SRCA) in Madinah is implementing its field operational program to provide emergency and medical services for pilgrims and visitors at the Prophet’s Mosque and other locations frequented during this year’s Hajj season.

Khalid Al-Sahli, the official spokesman of the SRCA in Madinah, said that the authority began to implement its program in early July with about 60 emergency teams working per shift.

All emergency medical centers started covering all roads leading to Madinah, to follow pilgrim convoys arriving or leaving the city, while 12 healthcare teams with advanced equipment support the emergency work in Madinah to tend to all cases and incidents, he said.

He said that 1,000 female and male volunteers started work on Tuesday, within the program to serve pilgrims and visitors in Madinah during this year’s Hajj season.

They will perform their tasks mainly at the Prophet’s Mosque (in both men and women’s sections) and squares around it, and the volunteer teams will support emergency teams (based at the Prophet’s Mosque) during prayers and in peak hours at the Miqat Mosque while pilgrims depart to Makkah.

The authority’s training center continues to organize sessions and lectures about emergency care for members of government and private bodies working to serve pilgrims. Pilgrims are given flyers for emergencies and ways to use the “Asefni” (save me) application, available on all mobile phone systems in nine languages. People can also dial 997 for an ambulance.

 

 


‘Wusool’ transport program benefits 60,000 Saudi women

Updated 20 February 2020

‘Wusool’ transport program benefits 60,000 Saudi women

RIYADH: Over 60,000 Saudi female employees have benefited from Wusool, a female transportation program that helps ease their daily commute.

The program aims to find solutions that reduce the burden of transportation costs for Saudi female workers in the private sector by providing them with subsidies from the Human Resources Development Fund (HRDF) for high-quality, safe and secure transportation services to and from the workplace, partnering with taxi companies through licensed smart apps.

The program aims to increase the participation of women in the labor market and increase job stability. 

The HRDF said it made amendments and updates to Wusool to ensure that the largest number of applicants benefitted from it. This comes as part of the HRDF’s support for women working in the private sector.

The procedures included amendments to the terms of enrollment in the program, including the requirement to be registered under the General Organization for Social Insurance (GOSI), where the employee should be registered for less than 36 months, and her monthly salary should not exceed SR8,000 ($2,132). SPA Riyadh

The amendments also included a fixed monthly financial support provided by HRDF, covering 80 percent of the cost at a maximum of SR800 per month, in addition to the cancelation of the previously planned financial participation of SR200, and extending the support period to 12 months.

Women working in the private sector can register for the Wusool program by visiting http://wusool.sa.