Saudi woman with COVID-19 gives birth while on support machine

Saudi woman with COVID-19 gives birth while on support machine
Saudi Arabia announced 36 more deaths from COVID-19 and 1,389 new cases of the disease on Wednesday. (SPA)
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Updated 06 August 2020

Saudi woman with COVID-19 gives birth while on support machine

Saudi woman with COVID-19 gives birth while on support machine
  • Health Ministry records 1,389 new cases, death toll reaches 3,020
  • The total number of recoveries in the Kingdom has increased to 245,314

JEDDAH: A Saudi woman with coronavirus gave birth to a healthy baby while on heart and lung support in a Madinah hospital, the Saudi Press Agency said on Wednesday.

The 30-year-old woman was placed on an extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) machine during the delivery at Uhud Hospital.

An ECMO machine acts as a pump to circulate the patient’s blood through an artificial lung.

The procedure was supported by the Dr. Sulaiman Al-Habib Medical Hospital Group and supervised by a medical team from King Abdullah Medical Complex in Jeddah.

Moayad Abu Unq, Madinah’s health affairs spokesman, said that both the mother and baby are receiving medical care.

“The baby is in a completely stable position and both cases are under the supervision of an integrated medical team from the region’s health affairs,” he added.

Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia announced 36 more deaths from COVID-19 and 1,389 new confirmed cases on Wednesday.

Of the new cases, 109 were recorded in the capital Riyadh, 106 in Makkah, 53 in Jazan and 49 in Jeddah.

The total number of recoveries in the Kingdom rose to 245,314 after 1,626 more patients recovered from the virus over the past 24 hours.

A total of 3,020 people have died from the virus in the Kingdom.

People experiencing COVID-19 symptoms can use the Ministry of Health’s self-assessment service on its Mawid app or visit one of the Tetamman clinics based in 237 locations around the country.

The clinics’ screening services are available to individuals with no or mild symptoms, and people who might have come into contact with an infected person. Appointments can be booked through the Sehaty app.

Tetamman clinics are now also located in some primary healthcare centers and vehicle pathway centers and will soon be present in all regions of the Kingdom.

People can also call the ministry’s 24-hour consultations and inquiries center on 937 or use its interactive WhatsApp service by texting the number 920005937.


Madinah joins world’s healthiest cities

Madinah joins world’s healthiest cities
Madinah is believed to be the first city with a population of more than 2 million to be recognized under the organization’s healthy cities program. (SPA)
Updated 24 January 2021

Madinah joins world’s healthiest cities

Madinah joins world’s healthiest cities
  • The holy city gained World Health Organization accreditation after meeting all global standards

JEDDAH: The Saudi city of Madinah has been acknowledged by the World Health Organization (WHO) as among the world’s healthiest cities.
The holy city gained the accreditation after a visiting WHO team said that it met all the global standards required to be a healthy city.
Madinah is believed to be the first city with a population of more than 2 million to be recognized under the organization’s healthy cities program.
A total of 22 government, community, charity and volunteer agencies helped prepare for the WHO accreditation.
The city’s integrated program included a strategic partnership with Taibah University to record government requirements on an electronic platform for the organization’s review.
The WHO also recommended that the university provide training to other national city agencies interested in taking part in the healthy cities program.

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• Madinah is believed to be the first city with a population of more than 2 million to be recognized under the organization’s healthy cities program.

• A total of 22 government, community, charity and volunteer agencies helped prepare for the WHO accreditation.

A committee chaired by the university’s president, Dr. Abdul Aziz Assarani, supervised 100 members representing the 22 government, civil, charity and volunteer agencies.
Criteria included meeting goals set by the Madinah Region Strategy Project and the launch of a “Humanizing Cities” program.
According to WHO, “a healthy city is one that is continually creating and improving those physical and social environments and expanding those community resources which enable people to mutually support each other in performing all the functions of life and developing to their maximum potential.”