Saudi aid agency, WHO in cooperation talks

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Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah meets with Dr. Ahmed Al-Mandhari on Monday. (SPA)
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Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah meets with Dr. Ahmed Al-Mandhari on Monday. (SPA)
Updated 04 September 2019

Saudi aid agency, WHO in cooperation talks

  • The center aims to develop an effective process to respond to humanitarian crises quickly and effectively

RIYADH: Saudi adviser at the Royal Court and general supervisor of the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief), Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah, met on Monday with Dr. Ahmed Al-Mandhari, the World Health Organization’s (WHO) regional director for the Eastern Mediterranean.
During the meeting, they discussed aspects of health cooperation between KSRelief and WHO to support patients in countries throughout the world.
Al-Rabeeah also met with the chairman of the Yemeni Armed Forces’ Center for Strategic Studies, Brig. Gen. Ali Naji Obaid, and briefed him on KSRelief’s humanitarian activities carried out in cooperation with international and UN organizations in 44 countries, most notably Yemen.
The center aims to develop an effective process to respond to humanitarian crises quickly and effectively. It also focuses on increasing the impact of Kingdom’s aid and its sustainability through improved commissioning, monitoring and evaluation.
 


Saudi health minister promises to procure tested vaccine

Saudi Health Minister Tawfiq Al-Rabiah. (AP)
Updated 20 October 2020

Saudi health minister promises to procure tested vaccine

  • COVID-19 cases continue to decline in Saudi Arabia

JEDDAH: Saudi Health Minister Dr. Tawfiq Al-Rabiah on Monday said the Kingdom will procure vaccine for the novel coronavirus once it is confirmed to be safe and effective.

He said research on the vaccine is underway in a number of countries and the Saudi health authorities are following the developments.
The number of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases continues to decline in the Kingdom with the recovery rate from the illness rising to 96 percent. The minister attributed the decline on the “commitment to health precautions.”
“I also thank my fellow health practitioners for their wonderful efforts,” Al-Rabiah said.
Commenting on the second and stronger wave of COVID-19 in some countries, he said it was due to a lack of “commitment to social distancing” and failure to wear masks and taking other precautions.
He ruled out any leniency on part of the government in its fight against the virus. The minister said it is necessary to abide by precautionary measures to keep the virus at bay.

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• Saudi Arabia recorded 381 new infections on Monday.

• With 16 new fatalities, the virus-related death toll has risen to 5,201.

“We (all) are in one boat, and the failure of some affects everyone, so we must work together” to check the spread of the virus.
He also advised people who show COVID-19 symptoms to visit Tetamman (rest assured) clinics.
“Appointments can be made through the ministry’s Sehaty app, and anyone who has any questions or wants to consult a doctor can call 937,” the minister said.
Saudi Arabia recorded 381 new infections on Monday. The total number of COVID-19 cases has reached 348,583 since the beginning of the outbreak in the Kingdom.
The Health Ministry said 16 more people died due to complications caused by the virus raising the death toll to 5,201. The ministry also reported 357 new recoveries. The total number of recovered cases has now increased to 328,895.