Program launched to protect endangered turtles in Saudi Arabia

The company found that Al-Waqadi island was one of the best nesting sites for turtles, especially the rare hawksbill. (SPA)
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Updated 11 March 2020

Program launched to protect endangered turtles in Saudi Arabia

  • The company found that Al-Waqadi island was one of the best nesting sites for turtles, especially the rare hawksbill

TABUK: The Red Sea Development Co. (TRSDC), in cooperation with the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, has launched a program to track turtles. The goal of the turtle-tracking program is to understand the project location’s natural environment and the marine organisms that inhabit it.
The TRSDC said that it started last year microchipping 20 green turtles, with the task being carried out by a specialist team, and that the initiative would expand to include 10 hawksbill turtles next month.
The company found that Al-Waqadi island was one of the best nesting sites for turtles, especially the rare hawksbill.
“The island was kept for turtles as an ecological conservation area,” the company added.

 


KSRelief-backed Al-Amal Arsal Center continues to provide medical services to Syrian refugees

Updated 07 June 2020

KSRelief-backed Al-Amal Arsal Center continues to provide medical services to Syrian refugees

ARSAL, Lebanon:  The Al-Amal Medical Center in Lebanon’s Bekaa governorate continued to provide medical services to Syrian refugees with the support of the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief).

It is part of a project to strengthen health services for Syrian refugees and the host community in the town of Arsal.

In May, 4,575 patients visited the clinics and received 8,123 free health services across specialized departments, in addition to receiving help from laboratory, pharmacy and nursing services.

General health clinics received 396 patients, eye clinics had 506 patients, the emergency department 595 patients, dental clinics 325 patients, pediatric clinics saw 347 patients, with 125 vaccinations provided.

ENT clinics received 412 patients, orthopedic clinics 311 patients, heart clinics had 240 patients, urology clinics 472 patients, gastroenterology clinics 180 patients, gynecological clinics 271 patients, gland and diabetes clinics 65 patients, and psychiatric clinics 68 patients.

The Al-Amal Medical Center is following the necessary procedures and precautions in light of the coronavirus pandemic to provide services to patients in a safe medical environment.

Awareness campaigns were carried out to familiarize people with precautionary measures to prevent the spread of the disease, and they were provided with items for personal hygiene.

The medical director of the project, Dr. Tariq Shandab, said that the center aimed to serve more than 45,000 people and provide them with healthcare in a variety of fields, in addition to having an emergency department that worked around the clock and an integrated pharmacy to provide free medicine to all patients.

Shandab expressed his gratitude for the humanitarian services provided by Saudi Arabia, represented by KSRelief, to the Syrian refugees and their host community.