KSA ‘must lead world’ in disability rights, Prince Sultan says

The agreement was signed by Prince Sultan bin Salman, chairman of the board of trustees of KSCDR, and Dr. Bandar bin Mohammed Al-Aiban, president of the Human Rights Commission, on Tuesday. Prince Sultan said KSCDR has taken the lead in embracing disability in the Kingdom. (SPA)
Updated 29 August 2019

KSA ‘must lead world’ in disability rights, Prince Sultan says

  • Under the KSCDR program, more than 1 million newborns received screening, says Prince Sultan

RIYADH: King Salman Center for Disability Research (KSCDR) and Saudi Arabia’s Human Rights Commission signed a joint memorandum of understanding (MoU) to promote and protect the rights of persons with disabilities and to achieve the best standards in this domain. The MoU was co-signed by Prince Sultan bin Salman, chairman of the board of trustees of KSCDR, and Dr. Bandar bin Mohammed Al-Aiban, president of the Human Rights Commission.
Prince Sultan said in a press statement following the signing of the MoU: “The signing of this agreement comes in culmination of years of active and fruitful partnership between KSCDR and the Human Rights Commission.”
He said that under the MoU the two sides will coordinate their areas of specialty to promote and protect the rights of persons with disabilities and to achieve the best standards in this domain, including contributing to the review and development of the relevant regulations, rules and procedures.
Prince Sultan pointed out that KSCDR, under the guidance and supervision of King Salman, has taken the lead in embracing disability, establishing relevant legislation governing the cause, and establishing the Authority for the Care of Persons with Disabilities (ADP) based on strong government, charitable and civil practice, as well as experience of more than three decades.
He said: “KSCDR has several programs on persons with disabilities, who need care and attention to be able to integrate into society in a way that suits them. These programs include the Universal Access Program that came from the Disability Welfare Act.”
“KSCDR has also adopted the National Newborn Screening Program to detect metabolic disorders that cause disabilities. This program has been imposed in the majority of the Kingdom’s hospitals and more than 1 million newborns have been screened.”
Prince Sultan said that KSCDR is implementing the National Newborn Screening Program in cooperation with the Ministry of Health, King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center, and all other health sectors in the Kingdom.

HIGHLIGHTS

• The deal aims to raise community awareness on physical and mental impairments.

• The Kingdom must become the global leader in protecting the rights of persons with disabilities, says Prince Sultan.

• The initiative focuses on detecting 20 genetic disorders that may lead to mental underdevelopment and acute morbidity conditions.

“It aims to detect 20 genetic disorders that lead to mental underdevelopment and acute morbidity conditions, some of which lead to death when not detected and treated early.”
Prince Sultan said that the care KSCDR and the Human Rights Commission give to this segment is part of the programs and initiatives sponsored by King Salman since he adopted the cause and presented many programs and projects that economically, socially and intellectually enable persons with disability. This is also based on the importance of scientific research specialized in disability research, and it confirms the King’s vision that disability and its social and economic repercussions constitute one of the most important challenges facing contemporary societies.
He emphasized that King Salman also was the first to support the establishing of the association of the founders of KSCDR and joined it as a member, prompting 110 founding members, including individuals, companies, banks, charities, banks and families to join as well.
Prince Sultan said that it is important that Saudi Arabia becomes the global leader in the rights of persons with disabilities as the cause receives great support from King Salman, who, for more than 35 years, has been advocating for this segment of society.
Al-Aiban expressed his appreciation for Prince Sultan’s efforts in protecting and promoting the rights of persons with disabilities.
He explained that the signing of the MoU is part of the Human Rights Commission’s integrative partnerships to cooperate in various fields related to knowledge enrichment on disability and persons with disabilities, as well as their issues and rights. Its aim is to raise community awareness on the matter, exchange experiences and advice and prepare joint studies and research disability-related areas.
Al-Aiban praised the participation of KSCDR during the meetings of the UN Human Rights Council to review the Kingdom’s report to the Convention — the report that was praised by all members of the committee, who also pointed out that the international community should benefit from the Kingdom’s best practices.
He added: “This center must have international arms and outreach to expand beyond Saudi Arabia and reach regional and international levels in a faster manner, especially with societies unfortunately suffering from wars and crises that result in many disabilities.”


Saudi Health Minister: No coronavirus cases in the Kingdom

Updated 26 January 2020

Saudi Health Minister: No coronavirus cases in the Kingdom

  • The Kingdom took measures to limit the spread of the virus

DUBAI: The Saudi Minister of Health, Tawfiq Al-Rabiah confirmed that several precautionary measures had been implemented to address the new coronavirus.

The ministry has increased monitoring and control procedures for flights coming directly from China.

Passengers coming from China through indirect flights are being contained and having their vitals inspected in coordination with the Civil Aviation Authority.

“No cases of infection with the new coronavirus have been recorded in the Kingdom yet,” he added, explaining that coronavirus was an airborne virus transmitted by coughing.

The National Center for Disease Prevention and Control (NCDC) has prepared a health guide to deal with suspected cases. The NCDC provided laboratory tests, set up the mechanism for collecting and transferring sample to NCDC’s national laboratory and issued advice to passengers going to areas where the disease has appeared.

The ministry’s Command and Control Center took precautionary measures as soon as the virus was discovered in China, the minister said.

The ministry has also implemented the international health regulations and coordinated with the relevant authorities to deal with this situation and address it.

The precautionary measures included closely monitoring the epidemiological situation with the World Health Organization (WHO) and other available sources and coordinating with the Civil Aviation Authority in assessing the direct and indirect traffic from and to China in order to provide information for people planning to visit affected areas, monitor those arriving from them, implement the health assessment at entry points and follow up on them to ensure their safety,” Al-Rabiah pointed out.

The Command and Control center had previously explained that the common symptoms of infection are acute respiratory ones such as fever, coughing, shortness of breath and difficulty breathing. In more severe cases, it can cause pneumonia or acute respiratory distress syndrome.