COVID-19 clinics serve over 1 million people in Jeddah

The coronavirus pandemic has affected over 33.14 million people globally and the death toll has reached 997,236. (File/AFP)
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Updated 29 September 2020

COVID-19 clinics serve over 1 million people in Jeddah

  • 841 patients have recovered from the virus over the past 24

JEDDAH: The Saudi Health Ministry’s Tettamman (Rest Assured) clinics have so far provided health care to 1,185,844 people in Jeddah who suspected they had COVID-19.

The 15 clinics are dedicated solely to treating those with COVID-19 symptoms, such as shortness of breath and a high temperature. They are open to treat Saudis, expats and residency violators.

Meanwhile, the ministry has started an awareness campaign for people to get vaccinated against seasonal flu.

FASTFACTS

• The Kingdom reported 455 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday.

• The Health Ministry has launched an awareness campaign against seasonal flu.

• Flu vaccines are available in health centers, and are free and safe for all without any side effects.

The campaign, titled “Let’s Have a Safe Season,” targets all Saudis and expats, but especially those who are prone to catching COVID-19.

The ministry said flu vaccines are available in health centers, and are free and safe for all without any side effects.

The seasonal flu vaccine does not prevent people from contracting the flu, but rather reduces its severity and the possibility of catching it.

The ministry said it is necessary to take the vaccine while also avoiding crowded places, washing hands well, avoiding touching the eyes and mouth directly, using tissues when sneezing and coughing, and ensuring cleanliness.

Through this campaign, the ministry hopes to increase the number of vaccinated people through health centers and hospitals, and to reduce the rate of infected people and the number of hospitalizations due to seasonal flu.

Saudi Arabia recorded 29 new COVID-19-related deaths on Monday, raising the total to 4,712.

There were 455 new cases reported in the Kingdom, meaning 333,648 people have now contracted the disease. There are 11,090 active cases, 1,034 of them in critical condition.

According to the ministry, 52 of the newly recorded cases were in Jeddah, while Madinah recorded 48 and Makkah 35.

The ministry also announced that 841 more patients had recovered from COVID-19, bringing the total number of recoveries in the Kingdom to 317,846.

Saudi Arabia has conducted 6,392,497 polymerase chain reaction tests, with 44,112 carried out in the last 24 hours.

 

 


Saudi King praises role of women at W20 summit

Updated 22 October 2020

Saudi King praises role of women at W20 summit

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman has praised the exceptional role played by women during the coronavirus pandemic.
In a speech delivered at the end of the W20, the G20 women’s engagement group, on Wednesday, King Salman said: “I would like to express my gratitude to the Women 20 Engagement Group for their remarkable efforts and commitment to deliver their agenda during these unprecedented times caused by the COVID -19 pandemic.”
The Saudi king described women as the source of evolution for any society and said that without empowered women it is difficult to reform societies. 
“Women are the main source of development for any society. Hence, without empowered women, it is almost impossible to implement any societal reforms given that women form half of the societies and they are the ones who raise up generations. Women has proven through history their remarkable role in leading change and in decision making.”
The king noted that Saudi Arabia’s presidency of the G20 has dedicated special attention to discussing policies related to women across different ministerial and working group meetings.