313 pilgrims quit smoking at Kafa clinics

The clinics distributed awareness brochures, treatment cards and miswak as an alternative to 11,480 cigarettes that have been put down after counseling. (SPA)
Updated 18 August 2019
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313 pilgrims quit smoking at Kafa clinics

  • It raises the awareness of pilgrims about the hazards of smoking, providing them with an opportunity to quit during the holy season

RIYADH: A total of 313 pilgrims from around the world have quit smoking since the start of this year’s Hajj season after visiting clinics of the Kafa (Enough) Society.
“The pilgrims have been treated at Kafa’s clinics in Mina as part of a strategic partnership with Abu Ghazaleh charity, the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah and the Health Ministry’s anti-smoking program under the supervision of the main committee for awareness of smoking hazards in Makkah and the Presidency of the Two Holy Mosques,” said Abdullah bin Dawwod Al-Fayez, chairman of Kafa Makkah.
“The results were remarkable this year as almost 113,000 pilgrims benefited from fixed and mobile Kafa awareness clinics. The clinics distributed awareness brochures, treatment cards and miswak as an alternative to 11,480 cigarettes that have been put down after counseling,” he said.
“The program is taking place for the fourth year in a row. It raises the awareness of pilgrims about the hazards of smoking, providing them with an opportunity to quit during the holy season,” Al-Fayez, said. “The project consists of two phases. The first one is next to the Grand Mosque’s squares, while the second one is at Mina with an awareness exhibition and a fully equipped treatment clinic.”
 


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). Her appointment was approved by the Saudi Cabinet on Tuesday.

Al-Mutairi received her Bachelor’s degree in chemistry from King Faisal University, and her Ph.D. in bio-organic chemistry from the University of Bristol, UK. She also holds a postdoctorate in molecular biology and genetics from Harvard School of Public Health. 

She did her postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard School of Public Health between 1998 and 2000. Later that year, she joined PerkinElmer as a microarray scientist in Chicago.

In 2003, Al-Mutairi began her ten-year career with Aramco, first as a preventive medicine adviser and from 2007 as an administrator of general medical relations.

In 2009, she served as chief of quality improvement and risk management at Saudi Aramco Healthcare Services, moving in 2011 to be administrator of the workforce planning and analytics division. In 2012, she was appointed as the manager of the medical support services department. 

Al-Mutairi was the manager of the Johns Hopkins Aramco joint venture integration project between 2013 to 2014. In 2016, she took up the post of senior adviser to the Minister of Commerce and Investment until 2017, when she became assistant minister for the Ministry of Commerce and Investment in 2018.