Saudi medical cadres prepare for Hajj

Saudi medical cadres prepare for Hajj
Dr. Wael Hamzah Mutair, director general of Makkah Health Affairs, inspected the healthcare facilities of the holy sites to assess their readiness to provide pilgrims with medical care during this year’s exceptional Hajj season. (SPA)
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Updated 27 July 2020

Saudi medical cadres prepare for Hajj

Saudi medical cadres prepare for Hajj
  • A total of 1,968 newly confirmed cases were conducted on Sunday, raising the number of confirmed cases in the Kingdom to 266,941

JEDDAH: Field hospitals, medical staff and clinics are set up and ready at the holy sites ahead of the 2020 Hajj pilgrimage.
The Ministry of Health’s Hajj plan to ensure the health and safety of pilgrims attending this year’s annual pilgrimage include a hospital in Mina, six ambulances, three clinics at pilgrim accommodations, a field hospital and a mobile hospital as well as a clinic in Arafat.
Medical and technical cadres are also preparing to ensure the safety of visitors while performing their pilgrimage, intensifying preparations to deal with heat-related ailments such as heat strokes. Misting systems are distributed in all holy sites and have been proven to decrease temperatures, lowering the chances of pilgrims suffering heat stroke.
Pilgrims arriving at hotels in Makkah received a special kit provided by the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah. It contained a face mask, Hajj ihram garments, a prayer rug, ritual stones and hygiene items such as shaving instruments, personal-care tools and a guidebook for the pilgrimage.
According to Major General Mohammed bin Wasl Al-Ahmadi, assistant commander of the Hajj Security Forces for the Grand Mosque and its premises Security, the Hajj security plan is based on four pillars: Organization, security, humanitarianism and health care.

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The Hajj security plan is based on four pillars: Organization, security, humanitarianism and health care.

The Hajj Security Forces had put in place a mechanism for entrance and exit from and to the Grand Mosque during the pilgrimage, he said. A passage for pilgrims extended from the southern and western premises of the mosque, as well as special passages around the circumambulation and Saee areas.
Meanwhile, more than three million polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests have been conducted in the Kingdom to detect infected residents.
Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Health announced on Sunday that 57,216 PCR tests had been conducted in the past 24 hours, raising the number of tests conducted in the Kingdom so far to 3,056,956.
A total of 1,968 newly confirmed cases were conducted on Sunday, raising the number of confirmed cases in the Kingdom to 266,941. There are currently 43,885 active cases, 2,120 of whom are in critical care units. No new patients have been reportedly admitted to ICUs in the past 24 hours.
Al-Hofuf recorded the highest number with 208 confirmed cases, followed by Taif with 195 and Riyadh with 126.
A total of 2,541 new recoveries were reported, raising the number of recoveries in Saudi Arabia to 220,323, and the Kingdom’s recovery rate to 82.5 percent.
Thirty new deaths were recorded, raising the number of fatalities to 2,733.


Saudi FM reiterates Kingdom’s support for Tunisia’s security and stability

Saudi FM reiterates Kingdom’s support for Tunisia’s security and stability
Updated 24 min 53 sec ago

Saudi FM reiterates Kingdom’s support for Tunisia’s security and stability

Saudi FM reiterates Kingdom’s support for Tunisia’s security and stability
  • FM's comments come after he met with President Kais Saied at the Presidential Palace in Carthage
  • President named new interior minister Thursday in first major appointment since he seized executive powers

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia's foreign minister reiterated the Kingdom’s support for Tunisia’s security and stability during a meeting with the president on Friday.

Prince Faisal bin Farhan said that the Kingdom stands by “everything that achieves prosperity” in Tunisia.

The foreign minister’s comments come after he met with Tunisian President Kais Saied at the Presidential Palace in Carthage, outside Tunis on Friday.

During the meeting, the two officials reviewed the current situation in Tunisia and the decisions taken by the president to stabilize it, the Kingdom’s foreign ministry said.

Prince Faisal reiterated the Kingdom's confidence in the Tunisian leadership to overcome the current circumstances and to achieve prosperity for the Tunisian people.

Saied on Sunday dismissed the prime minister, froze parliament for a month and said he was taking over executive authority amid protests and an economic crisis.

On Thursday, the president named a new interior minister in his first major appointment since he seized executive powers.

Saied appointed Ridha Gharsallaoui, a former national security adviser to the presidency, to the post. The interior ministry oversees domestic security, including policing.


Arab coalition thwarts Houthi drone attack on Saudi commercial ship

Arab coalition thwarts Houthi drone attack on Saudi commercial ship
Updated 30 July 2021

Arab coalition thwarts Houthi drone attack on Saudi commercial ship

Arab coalition thwarts Houthi drone attack on Saudi commercial ship
  • The Iran-backed Houthi militia continues to threaten global shipping lines, the coalition said

RIYADH: The Arab coalition has thwarted a Houthi drone attack on a Saudi commercial ship, Saudi Press Agency reported on Friday.

The Iran-backed Houthi militia continues to threaten global shipping lines, the coalition said.

It added that its efforts have contributed to securing freedom of navigation and the safety of ships transiting the Bab Al-Mandab Strait.

The “hostile attempt” to attack the Saudi ship comes after two crew members were killed when a petroleum products tanker managed by an Israeli-owned company came under attack on Thursday off Oman's coast. Israel’s Channel 13 TV quoted an unnamed senior Israeli official blaming Iran for the lethal attack in which a drone was used.


Saudi Arabia announces 14 more COVID-19 deaths

Saudi Arabia announces 14 more COVID-19 deaths
Updated 30 July 2021

Saudi Arabia announces 14 more COVID-19 deaths

Saudi Arabia announces 14 more COVID-19 deaths
  • The total number of recoveries in the Kingdom has increased to 505,003
  • A total of 8,226 people have succumbed to the virus in the Kingdom so far

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia announced 14 deaths from COVID-19 and 1,187 new infections on Friday.
Of the new cases, 256 were recorded in Riyadh, 212 in Makkah, 174 in the Eastern Province, 118 in Jazan, 64 in Madinah, 59 in Asir, 58 in Hail, 52 in Najran, 36 in Al-Baha, 31 in the Northern Borders region, 28 in Tabuk, and seven in Al-Jouf.
The total number of recoveries in the Kingdom increased to 505,003 after 1,176 more patients recovered from the virus.
A total of 8,226 people have succumbed to the virus in the Kingdom so far.
Over 26.3 million doses of a coronavirus vaccine have been administered in the Kingdom to date.


Saudi Arabia keen to protect human rights, HRC chief says

Saudi Arabia keen to protect human rights, HRC chief says
Updated 30 July 2021

Saudi Arabia keen to protect human rights, HRC chief says

Saudi Arabia keen to protect human rights, HRC chief says
  • In observance of Friday’s World Day Against Trafficking in Persons, Al-Awwad said the Kingdom is making significant and constant efforts
  • Al-Awwad wants to criminalize and combat human trafficking through a set of actions and measures that ensure human dignity

RIYADH: Awwad bin Saleh Al-Awwad, president of the Human Rights Commission (HRC) and chairman of the National Committee to Combat Human Trafficking, said Saudi Arabia is keen to protect and promote human rights.

Al-Awwad also wants to criminalize and combat human trafficking through a set of actions and measures that ensure human dignity and protect it from all forms of abuse and exploitation.

In observance of Friday’s World Day Against Trafficking in Persons, Al-Awwad said the Kingdom is making significant and constant efforts to combat human trafficking through the establishment of the Saudi National Committee to Combat Human Trafficking.

The committee enacts regulations and legislation that ensure protecting victims and safeguarding their rights on a local and global level.

Not only did the Kingdom issue regulations and legislation to combat human trafficking, but it was also keen to make the necessary efforts to enforce them, Al-Awwad said.


Saudi Arabia's Eastern Province conducts 1,524 COVID-19 health tours

Saudi Arabia's Eastern Province conducts 1,524 COVID-19 health tours
Updated 30 July 2021

Saudi Arabia's Eastern Province conducts 1,524 COVID-19 health tours

Saudi Arabia's Eastern Province conducts 1,524 COVID-19 health tours

DAMMAM: Municipalities throughout Saudi Arabia have ramped up efforts to monitor compliance with health and safety measures introduced to help stop the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

The Eastern Province municipality recently carried out 1,524 inspection tours in one day at shopping malls, commercial centers, and stores.

Checks resulted in nine commercial outlets being shut down, while 77 violators were issued with penalties for ignoring health regulations, which included breaches of overcrowding rules and failure to use the Tawakkalna app.

Officials have urged members of the public to report any suspected health breaches by phoning the 940 call-center number or contacting authorities via the Balady app.