Makkah Route should extend to Uzbekistan: Envoy

Uzbekistan’s Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Ulugbek Maksudov. (Social media)
Updated 05 August 2019

Makkah Route should extend to Uzbekistan: Envoy

  • About 6,000 pilgrims from 72 countries will perform Hajj this year as part of the program

JEDDAH: Uzbekistan’s Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Ulugbek Maksudov has said that the Makkah Route initiative is a very useful project to serve Hajj pilgrims.

Speaking to Arab News, Maksudov expressed his gratitude and appreciation to King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for providing the best services and security for pilgrims.
He added that the Makkah Route initiative was expected to serve more than 225,000 pilgrims passing through airports in Malaysia, Indonesia, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Tunisia this year, and that in the future he would like to see it extended to his own country.
“All necessary measures have been taken to create favorable conditions for pilgrims, as well as reduction of cost of the Hajj,” said Maksudov.

NUMBER

96m - According to the General Authority for Statistics, the Kingdom has served more than 95.85 million Hajj pilgrims in the last 50 years.

This year 7,200 pilgrims from Uzbekistan will perform Hajj. “We opened more ports in Uzbekistan to facilitate our pilgrims,” he added.
The number of pilgrims arriving via the Makkah Route initiative has reached 164,040. The services include issuing visas, ensuring compliance with health requirements and sorting luggage at airports in the pilgrims’ own countries.

Guests program
So far this Hajj season, 911 pilgrims from 37 countries have arrived in Makkah as part of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques’ Guests Program for Hajj and Umrah, implemented by the Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Dawah and Guidance.
About 6,000 pilgrims from 72 countries will perform Hajj this year as part of the program, the SPA reported.


Saudi ministry’s medical unit tops drugs survey

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Saudi ministry’s medical unit tops drugs survey

  • Reporting drug side effects helps to protect patients through regular information updates monitored worldwide

RIYADH: The Saudi Ministry of Interior’s General Administration of Medical Services topped the July 2020 list released by the Saudi Food and Drug Authority for hospitals and health centers that first reported drug side effects.

A total of 507 reports were submitted by General Administration of Medical Services, topping the list of hospitals and health centers that met drug safety standards by monitoring and reporting side effects of drugs.

The list included 59 hospitals and health centers, which submitted a combined 4,345 reports.

The General Administration of Medical Services uses an electronic system in its hospitals and health centers that includes drug information for health practitioners as well as warnings on side effects and possible adverse reactions.

This ensures the safety of patients — ministry employees and their families — and helps to monitor problems related to drug use.

Reporting drug side effects helps to protect patients through regular information updates monitored worldwide under the supervision of the World Health Organization (WHO).