Don’t believe fake virus cures on social media, says Saudi health ministry

The Eastern Province municipality is carrying out a special campaign in several cities during which workers will use disinfectants at public spots to effectively fight the spread of coronavirus in the Kingdom. (SPA)
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Updated 24 March 2020

Don’t believe fake virus cures on social media, says Saudi health ministry

  • 51 new cases reported in Saudi Arabia pushing total to 562

JEDDAH: Saudi health authorities have warned people against using random medications and health tips circulating on social media to combat coronavirus.

The World Health Organization has also warned against using untested drugs to treat coronavirus patients.
Ministry of Health spokesman Dr. Mohammed Al-Abd Al-Aly said that when a vaccine is available, it will be made public worldwide.
Speaking at the ministry’s daily press conference to provide coronavirus updates, he described the use of social media to promote herbal treatments for coronavirus as deplorable.
Al-Aly also condemned baseless and unscientific claims on different ways to treat the disease.
“Who gave them the right to make such claims? I hope everyone rejects these lies,” he said.
Research needed to develop a vaccine could take “months or up to a year,” he added.

FASTFACT

• So far, 19 people have recovered from the disease.

• No virus-related death has been reported in the Kingdom.

Al-Aly said that of 28,000 people who underwent advanced forms of testing for coronavirus, only 562 tested positive.
Saudi health authorities on Monday confirmed 51 new cases of coronavirus. Of these, 26 people had come from abroad, while the rest contracted the virus from people who had earlier tested positive.
So far, 19 people have recovered from the disease and no virus-related death has been reported in the Kingdom.
Commenting on the royal order imposing a 21-day curfew across the Kingdom, Al-Aly said that it is an added preventive measure to ensure public safety.
He urged people to follow all government orders and instructions to help check the spread of coronavirus.
“The rest of the world is going through a crisis, but countries that have acted before an outbreak are less affected,” Al-Aly said.
The citywide breakdown of cases reported on Monday is: Riyadh 18, Makkah 12, Taif 6, Bisha 5, Dammam 3, Qatif 3, Jazan 2, Najran 1 and Qunfudah 1.


Forsah platform registers over 9,000 Saudi SMEs

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Forsah platform registers over 9,000 Saudi SMEs

RIYADH: The Human Resources Development Fund (Hadaf) announced that the number of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) registered on the Forsah platform for the 9/10ths Program has increased to 9,210 enterprises, and the total published value has exceeded SR526 million ($140 million).

Hadaf launched the program, which aims to support entrepreneurship and SMEs through its electronic services, in August 2016.

The Forsah platform is a link between buyers and suppliers, enabling the former to place orders electronically, which reach many accredited SME suppliers throughout the Kingdom so that these enterprises can bid on the basis of the field.

Hadaf urged business owners and Saudi professional entrepreneurs in technical fields and disciplines to electronically register on the platform.

The 9/10ths Program offers several online platforms including Forsah, Tojjar, Bahr, Kanaf, Zadd, Atwar, Made in KSA, and Akshak Tojjar. All of these platforms aim to change Saudi work culture by encouraging entrepreneurship and SMEs and empowering individuals to create new jobs through innovation.