Madinah aiming to join world list of healthy cities

Madinah in Saudi Arabia is a major Islamic pilgrimage destination with throngs of Muslim faithful regularly visiting the site. (SPA)
Updated 29 November 2019

Madinah aiming to join world list of healthy cities

MADINAH: Madinah is aiming to become one of the world’s most healthy cities.
The holy city is hoping to be included on a World Health Organization (WHO) list by successfully meeting strict assessment standards.
The Supreme Supervisory Committee of Healthy Cities Program in Madinah is preparing to receive a team from WHO on Dec. 10-11 to view the accreditation criteria of Madinah as a healthy city during a workshop including relevant agencies.
According to WHO, “a healthy city is one that is continually creating and improving those physical and social environments and expanding those community resources which enable people to mutually support each other in performing all the functions of life and developing to their maximum potential.”
Dr. Abdul Aziz Al-Sarani, Taibah University rector and committee chairman in the region, said that the program was one of the development projects supported and followed up by Madinah Gov. Prince Faisal bin Salman and Deputy Gov. Prince Saud bin Khalid Al-Faisal.
He said that the support would reflect on the development of medical, health and social services in the city.
The program, Al-Sarani added, was a preventive scheme aimed at improving the environmental, social and economic aspects affecting health.


KSRelief launches prosthetics' center in Taiz

Updated 23 January 2020

KSRelief launches prosthetics' center in Taiz

TAIZ: The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) on Wednesday launched an artificial limb center in Taiz, Yemen, providing high-quality prosthetics for up to 600 patients.

Abdulqawi Al-Mikhlafi, who is the deputy governor of Taiz, expressed his appreciation for the Kingdom’s generous support to Yemen across all sectors over the past few years, particularly in the areas of health, the environment and development.

Al-Mikhlafi said such efforts helped local authorities to deal with the many challenges they faced in providing comprehensive services to needy Yemenis.

He added that the Kingdom’s support reflected the deep historical and cultural ties between the people of Yemen and Saudi Arabia, and he praised the Kingdom for standing by the country and its government for more than 50 years.

Dr. Elan Abdul Haq, deputy governor of Taiz for health affairs, thanked KSRelief for its continued support for Taiz and Yemen, assistance he said had alleviated the suffering of millions of Yemenis during the ongoing conflict.

The head of the Artificial Limbs Center, Mansour Al-Wazei, announced that the center would begin receiving patients soon, providing vital aid to amputees for whom prosthetics meant regaining the ability to live full and productive lives.