Medical authorities in Saudi Arabia’s Najran city deliver medicine to over 4,000 people amid coronavirus pandemic

Health authorities in Najran also rescheduled appointments, suspended visitations to hospital patients, postponed routine operations. (File/AFP)
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Updated 09 April 2020

Medical authorities in Saudi Arabia’s Najran city deliver medicine to over 4,000 people amid coronavirus pandemic

  • The service is part of Saudi Arabia’s efforts to curb the spread of coronavirus
  • Saudi Ministry of Health launched an app to monitor the conditions of people suspected of having the disease

DUBAI: Hospitals and medical centers in Najran, Saudi Arabia, delivered medicine to 4,098 customers in the past two weeks, state news agency SPA said.
The service is part of the Kingdom’s efforts to curb the spread of coronavirus by decreasing the number of people visiting hospitals and encouraging residents and citizens to stay at home.
Health authorities in Najran also rescheduled appointments, suspended visitations to hospital patients, postponed routine operations, regular dentist checks and physical treatments. Instead, customers could receive medical help and support through WhatsApp.
Meanwhile, the Saudi Ministry of Health has launched a new app aimed at monitoring the conditions of people suspected of having the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
The Tatamman, which means ‘Rest Assured’ in English, app will allow individuals who are self-isolating or in quarantine to access up-to-date advice and information on the virus and their health status.
Ministry spokesman, Dr. Mohammed Al-Abd Al-Aly, said: “It (the app) is for those who have the symptoms, or recently returned to Saudi Arabia, those who have been in direct contact with a positive case, as well as those currently under home quarantine as instructed by the ministry.”
The Kingdom has so far reported 2,932 coronavirus cases, 41 deaths and 631 recoveries.


Saudi Arabia’s ‘Awdah’ initiative helps over 12,790 expats return home

Updated 04 June 2020

Saudi Arabia’s ‘Awdah’ initiative helps over 12,790 expats return home

  • Residents with exit and re-entry visas, final exit visas and individuals with visit visas are eligible for the service
  • People can register through the Absher platform

DUBAI: Saudi Arabia’s initiative Awdah helped 12,798 expatriates return home amid the coronavirus travel bans, state news agency SPA reported.
The program, which means return in Arabic, was launched by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to help stranded expats return to their home countries and received a total of 178,452 individual registrations between April 22 to June 3. Only those whose countries have agreed to receive them have been flown out.
Residents with exit and re-entry visas, final exit visas and individuals with visit visas are eligible for the service.
To register, a person must use the Absher platform to provide residency number, date of birth, phone number, city of departure and name of airport at home country, the report added.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah, the Ministry of Human Resources and Development, the General Authority of Civil Aviation and other governmental organizations are working together to help stranded expats return home.