DiplomaticQuarter: Indian ambassador inaugurates joint medical forum in Riyadh

Indian Ambassador Dr. Ausaf Sayeed and Dr. Faisal Al-Sugair, president and CEO of the Saudi Center for International Strategic Partnerships, launch the Riyadh chapter of the Indo-Saudi Medical Forum (ISMF). (Supplied)
Indian Ambassador Dr. Ausaf Sayeed and Dr. Faisal Al-Sugair, president and CEO of the Saudi Center for International Strategic Partnerships, launch the Riyadh chapter of the Indo-Saudi Medical Forum (ISMF). (Supplied)
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Updated 14 January 2021

DiplomaticQuarter: Indian ambassador inaugurates joint medical forum in Riyadh

DiplomaticQuarter: Indian ambassador inaugurates joint medical forum in Riyadh

RIYADH: The Riyadh chapter of the Indo-Saudi Medical Forum (ISMF) was recently inaugurated at the Diplomatic Quarters by Ambassador of India Dr. Ausaf Sayeed. The ISMF will consist of prominent Indian and Saudi doctors, health experts, businessmen associated with the pharmaceutical sector and other stakeholders from the medical field.
The inauguration ceremony was attended by Dr. Faisal Al-Sugair, president and CEO of the Saudi Center for International Strategic Partnerships; Dr. Ahmed Assiri, assistant supervisor of the Clinical Excellence General Directorate at the Ministry of Health; and Dr. Fawaz Al-Hussain, consultant and professor at the College of Medicine at King Saud University, who will also be the first president of the Riyadh chapter of the ISMF.
Executive council members, city coordinators and members of the ISMF joined the inauguration ceremony, both in person and virtually.
The idea for the ISMF was originally conceived by the then Indian consul general in Jeddah and now the ambassador of India in Riyadh to foster collaboration between the medical fraternities of India and Saudi Arabia.
It strives to create an institutional structure for medical professionals from both countries to forge alliances and encourage cooperation in the fields of healthcare, medicine, pharmaceuticals and related sectors. The launch of the ISMF was rendered even more necessary because of the renewed focus on healthcare, especially after the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. Across the globe, healthcare organizations are now enjoying a new direction and momentum.
The success of the Jeddah chapter has paved the way for the revamping and upscaling of the ISMF to a pan-Saudi organization.
The ISMF will be divided into three regional chapters — Jeddah, Dammam and Riyadh — which will each be led by regional executive councils.
The Jeddah chapter was inaugurated by the Indian ambassador on Dec. 25, 2020, and the Dammam chapter will also be inaugurated in the next few months.
 


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.