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.

 

 


On the go with Saudi Arabia’s first professionally trained cycling club

Doves Ride is Saudi Arabia’s first professional cycling team, licensed both locally and internationally. (Supplied)
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On the go with Saudi Arabia’s first professionally trained cycling club

  • Saudi Arabia’s female population is enjoying the new wave of opportunities to live a healthy lifestyle

RIYADH: As sports and other activities continue to gain popularity in Saudi Arabia, residents are seeking out exciting ways to get moving.
The Kingdom’s female population are enjoying the new wave of opportunities that have been made available to them in recent years to live a healthy lifestyle.
Hiking, outdoor yoga and football are all popular choices, but one less familiar pastime on the increase is cycling.
Events such as the annual Saudi Tour and the General Sports Authority’s highly successful all-women’s cycling race in Jeddah in 2018 have fostered a growing interest in the sport.
Studies have shown that cycling improves overall health, more specifically improving mental health, strengthening the immune system, promoting weight loss, reducing heart disease and cancer and more.
Riding a bike can be one of the easiest forms of returning to fitness when you are bouncing back from an injury or illness.

Doves Ride organizes rides for all levels, from the gentle trails suitable for beginners to the more challenging routes for hardened cyclists. The group offers lessons that can help any beginner ride a bike safely. (Supplied)

A group of bike enthusiasts from Riyadh intend to spread the word and make people more aware of the healthy advantages of cycling and the joy that can be had on the back of a bicycle.
Doves Ride is Saudi Arabia’s first professional cycling team, licensed both locally and internationally. Shahd Alturki, Doves Ride’s founder and a professional cycling trainer, spoke to Arab News about why she set up the team.

HIGHLIGHTS

• A group of bike enthusiasts from Riyadh intend to spread the word and make people more aware of the healthy advantages of cycling and the joy that can be had on the back of a bicycle.

• Doves Ride is Saudi Arabia’s first professional cycling team, licensed both locally and internationally.

• Riding a bike can be one of the easiest forms of returning to fitness when you are bouncing back from an injury or illness.

“I founded Doves Ride to create an environment for women and families where they could get into sports,” Alturki said.
Based in Riyadh, Doves Ride’s goal is to create an environment where Saudis can discover what biking is like and meet others with similar interests.
“The idea was to create a team that would motivate Saudi society to start biking, and to raise awareness in general about sport and movement. We also wanted to help teach Saudis to cycle by creating a program to teach people in all categories,” she said.
Doves Ride organizes rides for all levels, from the gentle trails suitable for beginners to the more challenging routes for hardened cyclists.
“We welcome participants at any level, whether they are looking for a long-term membership or just to try it out,” said Alturki.
She also spoke about the benefits of the sport and hopes to encourage people to try it out for themselves.
“Biking is more than just a fun sport; it raises your fitness levels and can also boost your mental health,” she said.
For the more hesitant, Alturki reassures them that she is well-equipped to train them and get them on the path to biking like a pro.
“We have bike-riding lessons for zero-experience learners, licensed by the British Cycling Federation. Children, men and women are all welcome to take them. These lessons can help any beginner ride a bike safely, and teaches them all the necessary skills and basics,” she said.
Doves Ride can be contacted via their Twitter or Instagram accounts, @dovesride.