Saudi Arabia turns to ‘digital health’ amid outbreak

Saudi Arabia turns to ‘digital health’ amid outbreak
Dr. Mohammed Al-Abd Al-Aly. (SPA)
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Updated 30 November 2020

Saudi Arabia turns to ‘digital health’ amid outbreak

Saudi Arabia turns to ‘digital health’ amid outbreak
  • Health Ministry reports 217 new coronavirus cases, 14 deaths

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s health sector has accelerated  its digital transformation during the coronavirus pandemic, paving the way  for future projects to expand and improve services in  the Kingdom.
The Kingdom’s health minister, Dr. Tawfiq Al-Rabiah, highlighted the ministry’s efforts during the HIMSS and Health 2.0 Middle East Digital Health Conference and Exhibition on Sunday, a joint collaboration with the ministry, the Saudi Health Council and the Saudi Commission for Heath Specialities.
“Saudi Arabia has taken digital health as a priority for the development of health services,” he said.
“A number of projects have been launched such as the ‘Mawid’ app that allows users to book (medical) appointments. More than 14 million users have registered in the app and more than 60 million appointments have been made through it.”
The minister added that services provided in recent months have greatly helped both citizens and the health sector. Communication between doctors and patients has increased, cutting time for dispensing medications.
Health Ministry spokesman Dr. Mohammed Al-Abd Al-Aly told a press conference on Sunday that residents are playing a major role in curbing the spread of the virus by adhering to health protocols.
A total of 217 new cases were recorded on Sunday, bringing the total in the Kingdom to 357,128.

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357,128 Total cases

346,409 Recoveries

Al-Aly said that health breaches in a number of provinces in the Riyadh, Makkah and Jazan regions have led to a slight increase in cases, prompting authorities to cite violators for ignoring protocols.
In total, 12,855 violations have been recorded in the past week, with the highest number in Makkah with 3,290 violations, followed by Qassim with 1,980 and Riyadh with 1,956. Meanwhile, 386 new recoveries have been recorded, raising the total number to 346,409. The Kingdom’s recovery rate is almost 97 percent.
A total of 14 new deaths have been recorded, raising the overall toll to 5,884. For the first time in more than seven months, the number of active cases has dropped below the 5,000 mark. There are currently 4,835 active cases, including 674 in critical care. Of the active cases, 418 are in Riyadh, 259 in Madinah, 254 in Hofuf, and 212 in Makkah.


Saudi Arabia advances in global COVID-19 research ranking

Saudi Arabia advances in global COVID-19 research ranking
Education Minister Hamad Al-Sheikh. (SPA)
Updated 25 January 2021

Saudi Arabia advances in global COVID-19 research ranking

Saudi Arabia advances in global COVID-19 research ranking
  • Saudi Arabia continues to be ranked first in the Arab World and 12th among the G20 member states

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia has been ranked 14th internationally for its COVID-19 university research, rising from its previous 17th ranking, according to the database of the Web of Science.

The Kingdom continues to be ranked first in the Arab World and 12th among the G20 member states.

Education Minister Hamad Al-Sheikh thanked King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for their support for education, for attaching great importance to research and innovation, and for supporting scientists and researchers in Saudi universities to become globally competitive.

He said that this achievement was a continuation of the efforts of the Kingdom in addressing the COVID-19 pandemic. This reflected the Kingdom’s capabilities when it came to managing crises.

Al-Sheikh said that Saudi universities had published 84 percent of the Kingdom’s COVID-19 research, and that the Kingdom had published 915 scientific papers by local scientists since the outbreak of the pandemic.

He thanked Saudi universities that contributed to publishing the research papers as well as the faculty members and researchers who were serving their community.

Al-Sheikh said that this achievement reflected the Ministry of Education’s keenness to organize events that enhanced the participation of Saudi universities, research centers, researchers and academics in supporting scientific research during the pandemic.

This was in addition to coordinating the efforts of universities through specialized workshops to improve the efficiency of research and its contribution to fighting COVID-19, discussing ways to prevent and treat the disease, and investing in the research capabilities of the staff of universities and research centers by finding scientific solutions that contributed to addressing the pandemic.