Libyan conjoined twins will come to Riyadh for treatment

The case of Ahmed and Mohammed is being studied as part of the Saudi National Siamese Twins Separation Program. (SPA)
Updated 07 October 2019

Libyan conjoined twins will come to Riyadh for treatment

  • Medical teams will look into possibility of separating them

RIYADH: In accordance with the directives of King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Libyan conjoined twins will arrive in Riyadh on Monday. Ahmed and Mohammed will be transferred to King Abdullah Specialist Children’s Hospital, where medical teams will study their condition and look into the possibility of separating them.
“The twins were born under difficult conditions in Tripoli on June 24, 2019. They are attached at the lower abdomen and pelvic areas, and share the lower digestive, urinary and reproductive systems and pelvis,” said Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah, general supervisor of the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center, and head of the medical team.
“Each of them has a lower limb in addition to a third deformed limb in between. They were born without an anus, which obliged doctors in Libya to provide them with a temporary one through surgery.”
The case of Ahmed and Mohammed is being studied as part of the Saudi National Siamese Twins Separation Program.
In case surgery is approved, they will become the 48th set of twins to undergo the procedure in one of the largest separation programs in the world.
“This humanitarian initiative comes as recognition of the difficulties sisterly Libya is facing. It reflects the Kingdom’s leading humanitarian role in dozens of affected and needy countries,” Al-Rabeeah said.


Fahad Al-Azzam, assistant deputy minister for empowerment at the Saudi Ministry of Health

Updated 14 August 2020

Fahad Al-Azzam, assistant deputy minister for empowerment at the Saudi Ministry of Health

Fahad Al-Azzam has been the assistant deputy minister for empowerment at the Ministry of Health since September 2019.
He has also been the general manager for enterprise at the ministry’s project management office since July 2016, where he developed and implemented a standard set of project management processes and models, and built the framework and updated it to account for developments and best practices.
It was announced on Monday that Al-Azzam’s role as assistant deputy minister for empowerment has been extended for another year.
Al-Azzam obtained a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering at King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Dhahran, in 2007. He studied abroad in the US, obtaining a master’s degree in engineering and technology management from the University of Bridgeport, Connecticut, in 2014.
Prior to his current position, Al-Azzam worked as a cooperative trainee at the Saudi Electricity Co. between May and October 2006.
At the Advanced Electronics Co., he worked as an assistant field service engineer between July 2007 and May 2009, and technical support and field service engineer between May 2009 and December 2010.
At the Saudi Food and Drug Authority, he worked as senior electrical engineer at their radiation safety department between January 2011 and February 2015.
He developed a safety program for exporting and importing electronics devices to and from Saudi Arabia and worked at controlling the risk resulting from the use of radiation-emitting devices. He also worked there as a project manager at their project management office between February 2015 and July 2016.