KSA bids farewell to two Egyptian physicians who died of COVID-19

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Updated 11 July 2020

KSA bids farewell to two Egyptian physicians who died of COVID-19

  • Doctors and health practitioners in general bear a great responsibility in confronting the pandemic

TAIF: Two Egyptian doctors have died in the past two weeks in Saudi Arabia after they suffered complications arising from contracting COVID-19.
The doctors, in their fifties, were distinguished physicians dedicated to treating their patients during the pandemic, said the Taif Governorate Department of Health Affairs.
Abdul Hadi Al-Rubaie, the official spokesman for Taif Health Affairs, told Arab News that the Health Department “had lost two Egyptian medical doctors who had vowed to confront the pandemic and worked with dedication and sincerity. They were from the start on the front line of the battle against the pandemic.”
Al-Rubaie said that Dr. Mohammed Sobhi had played an important role as an intensive care specialist, while Dr. Ahmed Yahya was a distinguished orthopedic consultant, and that both Egyptian doctors “were a great example of dedication, good manners and renowned reputation among their colleagues.”
He said that, after they contracted the virus, Taif Health Care had provided the two doctors with comprehensive medical care, and that it “pays tribute to the responsibility they bore, and feels appreciation and gratitude for what they did throughout their work in Taif.”
He added that it is painful to bid farewell to these doctors who have been working for years in Taif.
Dr. Rania Chaudhry said that medical doctors and health practitioners in general bear a great responsibility in confronting the pandemic.
Chaudhry said that “the loss of any person working in the health sector because of COVID-19 causes great grief among their colleagues and the entire health sector,” noting that the battle against this “disease causes losses, but this would encourage health workers to be more dedicated to fight the pandemic to ensure everyone’s safety, rather than give in to it.”
She added that the Kingdom has provided all kinds of support, medical equipment, and sanitized health environments, and that the Ministry of Health had taken preventive measures to contain the pandemic and intensified its public education programs so that Saudi citizens were able to take all necessary precautions.


Better in the long run: 2,600 join Saudi 10-day marathon

Updated 13 August 2020

Better in the long run: 2,600 join Saudi 10-day marathon

  • At least 40 nationalities were represented in all age groups

JEDDAH: More than 2,600 people took part in a 10-day walking and running marathon in the Kingdom, reaching a combined distance of more than 448,000 km.
At least 40 nationalities were represented in all age groups.
The Saudi Sports for All Federation (SFA) launched the “Step Together” initiative as part of a series of competitive walk-runs. The SFA event, the first since lockdown restrictions were eased, took place from July 17-26. About 30 para-athletes joined the competition, making it a hallmark achievement for SFA inclusivity.
Tahani Ibrahem, a 29-year-old Saudi participant, said her Eastern Flames football club training encouraged her to join the marathon.
“I joined one other marathon in 2019 and won fourth place. I’ve loved running since I was a teenager,” she told Arab News.
Ibrahem said that she was happy that para-athletes included in the marathon and praised the SFA for giving people and communities a chance to unite for one goal.
“They are just like us. Disability is something of the mind, not the body,” she said.
Ibrahem completed 42 km in the 10-day marathon, spending five hours a day walking and running.
“We were thrilled to see such high registration numbers for our first ‘Step Together’ event,” said Prince Khaled bin Alwaleed bin Talal, the SFA president.
“The diversity of participants for the first in the walk-run series was important to us. We recruited all ages and abilities for this event and are delighted that they made it their own. It truly was ‘Sports for All’ as we had many children and seniors take part, and we were proud to have a number of disabled competitors,” he said.
Those who met the distance goals were awarded with medals and e-certificates of the achievement. In the 21.1 km event, the fastest time was recorded by Mohammed Ayyash (1hr 11min 5sec), followed by Waleed Homidan (1hr 11min 59sec) and in third place, Osama Ayyash (1hr 23min 5sec).
Ronel Wienand, competing with the Riyadh Road Runners, was the fastest woman, completed the half marathon in 1hr 58min 7sec.