WHO commends Saudi Arabia’s health care efforts during Hajj

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A Saudi Red Crescent Authority medical team attends to a pilgrim who had fallen ill while performing Hajj. (SPA)
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Saudi scouts assist infirm pilgrims in getting medical assistance at a hospital in Mina during Hajj. (SPA)
Updated 14 August 2019

WHO commends Saudi Arabia’s health care efforts during Hajj

  • A team from the WHO visited health centers and hospitals in Mina, Muzdalifah and Arafat, and learned about the work done on the ground by the ministry

GENEVA: The World Health Organization (WHO) has commended the successful efforts of Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Health during the Hajj season.
The organization expressed its sincere thanks and deep appreciation to all health care volunteers for their dedication to providing health services to more than 2.5 million pilgrims.
A team from the WHO visited health centers and hospitals in Mina, Muzdalifah and Arafat, and learned about the work done on the ground by the ministry in detection and prevention measures of health emergencies, noting that the field visit proved that the early warning systems in place were functioning well.
The statement explained that the Kingdom was well prepared to prevent and respond to the risks associated with rapidly expanding human populations, such as heat-related disorders and food poisoning.
Saudi Minister of Health Dr. Tawfiq Al-Rabiah expressed his pride at the efforts being exerted by the personnel of the Ministry of Health in serving pilgrims in this year’s Hajj season.
WHO Director General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus tweeted: “WHO praises the Ministry of Health for its extensive role in addressing health challenges during the major event.” 


Saudi Arabia's King Salman receives US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper

King Salman receives US Secretary of Defense. (SPA)
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Saudi Arabia's King Salman receives US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper

  • The meeting with King Salman tackled joint security and defense issues

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman received US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper in his office on Tuesday to discuss strategic cooperation between Riyadh and Washington, state news agency SPA reported.
“Today, I discussed the deployment of US forces and equipment to #SaudiArabia with @KingSalman,” Esper tweeted following the meeting. 

The meeting, where top officials from both countries were also present, also tackled joint security and defense issues and the situation in the region.
“We agree with the need to take a firm defensive stance in the region to deter Iranian malign behavior and promote stability,” he added.
Esper then met Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
The US defense secretary arrived in the Kingdom a day earlier on an unannounced visit, with tensions simmering between Washington and Tehran, and Russia seeking to boost its influence in the Middle East.
US-Iran tensions have risen to new highs since May 2018, when the Trump administration withdrew from an international accord that put limits on Tehran’s nuclear program in exchange for easing sanctions.
As reinstated sanctions put pressure on Iran’s economy, there have been a series of attacks which Washington and close allies blame on Tehran. Iran denies responsibility.
Also on Tuesday, the US defense secretary visited the Prince Sultan Air Base, where he met with troops and assessed the capabilities that the US has deployed to the region to help defend Saudi Arabia, deter Iran and prevent conflict.


The United States has deployed about 3,000 additional military forces since May to bolster Saudi defenses, including an air expeditionary wing and air defense personnel.