Bandar Al-Knawy, CEO at the Ministry of the National Guard Health Affairs

Bandar Al-Knawy
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Updated 04 April 2020

Bandar Al-Knawy, CEO at the Ministry of the National Guard Health Affairs

Bandar Al-Knawy has served as CEO at the Ministry of the National Guard Health Affairs since February 2009. 

Al-Knawy received his bachelor’s in medicine in 1985 from the faculty of medicine at King Abdul Aziz University, Jeddah. He then completed his residency training in internal medicine in 1990 and obtained his gastroenterology fellowship in 1992 from Dalhousie University, Halifax, in Nova Scotia, Canada.

He holds a fellowship in internal medicine from the US and Canadian boards, as well as the US board certification in gastroenterology.

Al-Knawy has been the president of King Saud bin Abdul Aziz University for Health Sciences since February 2009.

He served as the general supervisor for the Royal Clinics of the late King Abdullah from 2009 until January 2015.

Between 1996 and 2005, Al-Knawy was the head of the gastroenterology/hepatology division at the department of medicine of the King Abdul Aziz Medical City in Riyadh.

He also served as the director of medical education and academic affairs at King Abdul Aziz Medical City from 1999 to 2004.

During his long career he pioneered the development of the medication safety program in Saudi Arabia, in addition to many patient safety initiatives at the ministry. 

He was also responsible in the commissioning of major health care expansions at the ministry, including the King Abdullah International Medical Research Center, King Abdullah Specialized Children Hospital and King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz International Foundation for Humanitarian Activities, as well as the inception of the system-wide EMR.


Saudi Arabia will ease COVID-19 lockdown from Thursday

Updated 25 May 2020

Saudi Arabia will ease COVID-19 lockdown from Thursday

  • Health Minister Tawfiq Al-Rabiah said the easing will take place in phases
  • Al-Rabiah said the people of the Kingdom had shown a “high amount of responsibility"

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia will begin to ease its COVID-19 lockdown from Thursday.

Health Minister Tawfiq Al-Rabiah said the easing will be done in phases and will depend on reports on the spread of the virus. 

The first phase will begin with expanding capacity to serve "critical patients" and the second phase will include intensifying COVID-19 tests and early detection .

Speaking in a press conference on Monday, the Health Minister said the people of the Kingdom had shown a “high amount of responsibility in practicing social distancing.” 

"After five months since this pandemic have started, where the global health systems faced great difficulties in dealing with it, the society has become today more aware of this virus and implementing the measures of the social distancing, as it is a new experience for all of us," he said in remarks quoted by the Saudi Press Agency. 

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Saudi Arabia reports 9 new COVID-19 deaths

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Rabiah said imposing the precautionary measures during an early phase of the pandemic had put the Kingdom in more control of the virus spread.

"We are proud of the Saudi experts in this field who are internationally recognized, and we rely on their experiences in dealing with that virus," he added.  

The minister said that people should continue taking precautionary measures while leaving their homes by using facemasks and hand gloves.

The Health Ministry recorded nine new fatalities and 2,235 new cases of coronavirus in the Kingdom on Monday. The new deaths have increased the virus-related toll in Saudi Arabia to 399 and the total number of confirmed cases to 74,795. 

It also said the number of recoveries has risen to 2,148, raising the total number of recovered cases 45,668.