Saudi Health Ministry highlights COVID-19 control measures

Saudi Arabia announced 27 more deaths from the coronavirus and 561 new cases of the disease on Wednesday. (AFP)
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Updated 24 September 2020

Saudi Health Ministry highlights COVID-19 control measures

  • The total number of recoveries in the Kingdom has increased to 313,786
  • A total of 4,569 people have succumbed to the virus in the Kingdom so far

JEDDAH: Saudi health chiefs on Wednesday marked the country’s 90th National Day by highlighting some of the Kingdom’s successes in combating the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
The government’s quick response in containing the outbreak had contributed to the Kingdom being placed among the top 20 nations on a Forbes ranking list of the 100 safest countries for COVID-19.
Examples of pioneering research and high standards in lab testing were also among the achievements spotlighted by officials.
“The Kingdom is always used as one of the top examples for managing the spread (of COVID-19), recording cases immediately, and handling the pandemic,” said assistant minister of health and ministry spokesman, Dr. Mohammed Al-Abd Al-Aly.
Saudi Arabia had conducted more than 6 million polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests, fielded over 18 million inquiries to its 937 call center helpline, and dealt with at least 4 million people at its Tetamman (rest assured) clinics and Takkad (make sure) centers.
“All these numbers indicate the Kingdom’s management and medical services are always made available for everyone,” he added.
Questions relating to test results were among the most common handled by call center staff. “The PCR test in the Kingdom is made very accessible and quick. Saudi Arabia is considered one of the most unique and fastest countries in the world in terms of the lab tests,” Al-Aly said.
In more than 95 percent of cases, test results were turned around within 24 hours, he added, with some requiring specialist analysis taking up to 48 hours.
A total of 561 new cases of COVID-19 were recorded in the Kingdom on Wednesday, meaning 331,359 people in Saudi Arabia had now contracted the disease. There were 13,004 active cases, of which 1,095 patients were in serious or critical condition.
Additionally, 1,102 more patients recovered from the disease, taking the number of recoveries to 313,786, while 27 new deaths had been reported, raising the death toll to 4,569.
 


Saudi health minister promises to procure tested COVID-19 vaccine

Saudi Health Minister Tawfiq Al-Rabiah. (AP)
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Saudi health minister promises to procure tested COVID-19 vaccine

JEDDAH: Saudi Health Minister Tawfiq Al-Rabiah on Monday said the Kingdom will procure vaccine for the novel coronavirus once it is confirmed to be safe and effective.

He said research on the vaccine is underway in a number of countries and the Saudi health authorities are following the developments.
The number of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases continues to decline in the Kingdom with the recovery rate from the illness rising to 96 percent. The minister attributed the decline on the “commitment to health precautions.”
“I also thank my fellow health practitioners for their wonderful efforts,” Al-Rabiah said.
Commenting on the second and stronger wave of COVID-19 in some countries, he said it was due to a lack of “commitment to social distancing” and failure to wear masks and taking other precautions.
He ruled out any leniency on part of the government in its fight against the virus. The minister said it is necessary to abide by precautionary measures to keep the virus at bay.

FASTFACTS

• Saudi Arabia recorded 381 new infections on Monday.

• With 16 new fatalities, the virus-related death toll has risen to 5,201.

“We (all) are in one boat, and the failure of some affects everyone, so we must work together” to check the spread of the virus.
He also advised people who show COVID-19 symptoms to visit Tetamman (rest assured) clinics.
“Appointments can be made through the ministry’s Sehaty app, and anyone who has any questions or wants to consult a doctor can call 937,” the minister said.
Saudi Arabia recorded 381 new infections on Monday. The total number of COVID-19 cases has reached 348,583 since the beginning of the outbreak in the Kingdom.
The Health Ministry said 16 more people died due to complications caused by the virus raising the death toll to 5,201. The ministry also reported 357 new recoveries. The total number of recovered cases has now increased to 328,895.