Conjoined twins’ parents praise Saudi care

Father of Mauritanian conjoined twins Taqi Mahmoud. (AN photo)
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Updated 02 January 2020

Conjoined twins’ parents praise Saudi care

  • The twins were brought to Riyadh on directives from King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to study their case
  • Once the examining is complete, the doctors will be able to tell when they can carry out the separation surgery

RIYADH: The parents of Mauritanian conjoined twins said they were extremely touched by the support provided by the Saudi leadership to aid their children.

The conjoined twins — Mohammed and Fadhil — and their parents were brought to Riyadh on directives from King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to study their case and the possibility of separating them.

In an exclusive interview with Arab News, the father of the twins, Taqi Mahmoud, thanked the Saudi leadership for the generosity shown to them.

He said he was very grateful for the leadership’s efforts, including arrangements to bring them to Riyadh, the welcome by the team at the King Abdullah Specialized Children Hospital (KASCH) and the warm hospitality provided to them throughout.

“The journey from Mauritania to Riyadh in coordination with the Saudi and Mauritanian authorities was very smooth, and the procedures for transferring the twins to Riyadh were carried out easily,” said Mahmoud.

“We are very grateful that Saudi Arabia extended help with open arms to receive us, the service being extended to us is so generous and welcoming,” he added.

Mahmoud said that his family traveled on a private jet on the instructions of King Salman.

He added that the twins, who upon arrival in the early hours on Tuesday were transferred to the KASCH, are undergoing various tests.

Once the examining is complete, the doctors will be able to tell when they can carry out the separation surgery.

Mahmoud said that the hospital communicated with the Mauritanian Ministry of Health, which then discussed the issue with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The ministry found that Saudi Arabia was the best country for assisting the twins, and the Kingdom sent a private jet within just a few days.

Abdulrahman Dadah, Mauritanian Embassy spokesman — who along with other officials visited the twins at the hospital — told Arab News: “We greatly appreciate the generous support of Saudi Arabia with instructions of the king and the crown prince.

“We know this is common support from Saudi Arabia to every such case, we appreciate that the Kingdom was one of the first countries to offer this health service, we are grateful for this opportunity which is giving the true meaning to humanity.”

Dr. Mohammed Al-Namshan, chairman of pediatric surgery at KASCH and the twins’ supervisor, told Arab News: “We received them in good condition. They are in stable condition.

“We have completed some investigations including laboratory tests, radiological tests and studied the heart condition. For the next few days we will continue with examinations to decide about the separation.”

He said that everything is being provided for free. The mother is staying with the twins in the ward, whereas the father has been provided housing near the hospital with other facilities and daily expenses as part of the humanitarian service.

On the duration of stay for treatment, he said: “It depends if we find any problems that will halt their separation.”

He added that sometimes there are problems and organs cannot be separated, which prevents successful surgery.

“Under the National Twins Separation Program, we studied more than 110 babies and separated 48 of them. The other cases were not favorable for separation,” Al-Namshan.

Should the operation be approved, they will become the 49th set of twins to undergo the procedure in one of the largest separation programs in the world, he said.

Mahmoud expressed his confidence in the Saudi medical team, led by the experience supervisor general of the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center, and renowned pediatric surgeon, Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah.


Saudi Arabia’s Alkhobar becomes international role model for business continuity

Sultan Al-Zaidi (L) and Fahad Al-Jubeir.
Updated 21 September 2020

Saudi Arabia’s Alkhobar becomes international role model for business continuity

  • Alkhobar has pushed for a paperless municipality and emphasized the introduction of online services for residents

JEDDAH: Alkhobar municipality, along with Europe’s largest industrial manufacturing company Siemens, has been hailed as a role model for management excellence and business continuity.
The municipality has been awarded international certification for its excellence in managing crises and risks under difficult circumstances, in recognition of its administrative achievements during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Quality Austria (QA) awarded Alkhobar Municipality and Siemens with ISO 22301 and ISO 9001 certificates, which are concerned with business continuity management, especially during the pandemic.
ISO (International Organization for Standardization) is an independent and nongovernmental body. Its standards are internationally agreed by experts and are seen as the best way of doing something.
Alkhobar has pushed for a paperless municipality and emphasized the introduction of online services for residents.
Its mayor, Sultan bin Hamid Al-Zaidi, said that the municipality’s ISO achievement was in line with achieving the goals of the Eastern Province municipality. He added that the aim was to make Alkhobar a distinguished city, like other places in the province.
The Mayor of the Eastern Province, Fahad bin Mohammed Al-Jubeir, said that municipalities were keen to implement the most advanced administrative systems and provide the best services to beneficiaries.
“This comes in line with the objectives of municipal transformation, part of the National Transformation Program 2020 of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 reform plan which states that the Kingdom, with its outputs and services, should provide an international role model of quality and mastery, and raise the level of services provided by services and economic development agencies and enterprises,” Al-Jubeir told Arab News.

HIGHLIGHT

Business continuity was primarily done through strategic planning and taking into account the different local factors and needs of provinces and municipalities.

He added that the municipality had launched initiatives and programs seeking to make the Eastern Province and its governorates pioneers in administrative and service qualities, as well as improving public services.
According to QA’s regional manager, Dr. Mohamed Hassan, business continuity was primarily done through strategic planning and taking into account the different local factors and needs of provinces and municipalities.
“These instructions are then transformed into applicable programs and strategies at the amana (provincial government) level,” he wrote in an article. “Since the Eastern Province is, in this respect, the leading province in the Kingdom, the guidelines are finalized in consultation with the EP’s mayor, Fahad Al-Jubeir.”
The article gave examples of Alkhobar’s strategic emergency plans and said it had made arrangements with companies such as Al-Yamama for the prevention of damage from flash floods or storms.
It added that other public contractors, such as Nabatat, ensured that green spaces and parks in the city remained relaxing destinations for people, even on exceptionally hot summer days.
“A successful example of service digitization is the Balady software, which makes all municipality services available to citizens online. Moreover, the Balagat software offers a service in which complaints and suggestions from citizens can be reported and followed up online,” the article said. “If a complaint is not solved within 24 hours, it is automatically forwarded to the mayor of the Eastern Province, Al-Jubeir.”
The ministry’s foresight in initiating plans and preparations, the online software systems used and the high-quality standards in the municipality all helped in increasing the effectiveness of the business continuity management system.