Saudi agriculture official: Bird flu cases at Riyadh farm under control

Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture identified several cases of bird flu at a poultry farm in Riyadh and has killed 35,000 birds. (File/AFP)
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Updated 07 February 2020

Saudi agriculture official: Bird flu cases at Riyadh farm under control

  • Saudis were urged not to hunt migratory or wild birds in order to prevent the risk of contracting the virus
  • 35,000 birds who had been in contact with the infected birds were killed to prevent the spread of the virus

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture identified several cases of bird flu at a poultry farm in Huraymila, Riyadh and has killed 35,000 birds who had been in contact with the infected birds.
Ministry spokesman Dr. Abdullah Aba Al-Khail said that the subtype of the Influenza A virus diagnosed was H5N8 which only affects birds and cannot be transferred to humans.
The spokesman noted the importance of biosecurity at such facilities and called on poultry farmers to be vigilant, put in place appropriate preventive measures when dealing with birds, and not to introduce new birds during the current period.
He also urged Saudis not to hunt migratory or wild birds in order to prevent the risk of contracting the virus, and to inform the Livestock Emergency Room (on the toll-free number 8002470000) of any suspected cases, or instances of multiple bird deaths.


Riyadh governor joins in with students distance learning virtual platform “Madrasati”

Prince Faisal wished everyone luck and success and congratulated them on their work amid the circumstances of the pandemic. (Supplied)
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Riyadh governor joins in with students distance learning virtual platform “Madrasati”

  • The number of people training on the Madrasati platform has reached more than 389,000, with more than 44,000 training hours completed

RIYADH: Riyadh Gov. Prince Faisal bin Bandar joined in with students on the distance learning virtual platform “Madrasati” on Sunday.
It happened during a meeting between Prince Faisal and the general director of the Education Department in Riyadh, Hamad Al-Wahaibi, and other officials.
In a message addressed to students and teachers, Prince Faisal wished everyone luck and success and congratulated them on their work amid the circumstances of the pandemic.
He also noted the efforts of the education departments in Riyadh and the support provided to the sector by King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to ensure the education of students in the city.
Al-Wahaibi provided an overview of the distance learning process, starting with the virtual preschool, Madrasati platform, educational satellite and YouTube channels.
He also reviewed the number of trainees on Madrasati, which has had more than 147,000 teachers, 22,000 leaders and 9,000 supervisors use the platform in the first week of the academic year.
The number of people training on the Madrasati platform has reached more than 389,000, with more than 44,000 training hours completed.
The total number of students who have activated the platform has reached 5 million, with 420,000 teachers and more than 20,000 school leaders joining them.