Neglecting children’s vaccine ‘is abuse’, says Saudi Public Prosecution Office

The laws stipulate that ‘failing to complete the child’s compulsory vaccinations’ is deemed a case of abuse or neglect. (SPA)
The laws stipulate that ‘failing to complete the child’s compulsory vaccinations’ is deemed a case of abuse or neglect. (SPA)
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Updated 11 August 2021

Neglecting children’s vaccine ‘is abuse’, says Saudi Public Prosecution Office

The laws stipulate that ‘failing to complete the child’s compulsory vaccinations’ is deemed a case of abuse or neglect. (SPA)
  • Students aged 12-18 urged to book jabs ahead of new school year

JEDDAH: Every child under the age of 18 has the right to be vaccinated against diseases and failure to do so amounts to abuse, Saudi Arabia’s Public Prosecution Office said as it shared information on child protection laws and regulations related to healthcare.

The first article of the Saudi Child Protection System stipulates that “any failure to provide the basic needs of the child including: physical, health, emotional, psychological, upbringing, educational, intellectual, social, cultural as well as safety and security needs” is considered neglect.

Article 1/13 of the Executive Regulations of the Child Protection Law stipulates that health needs include all that is necessary to provide healthcare for children, including “whatever necessary to provide the child with fundamental health care, including immunization with serums and vaccines, protect the child from epidemics and diseases, and ensure the child gets the appropriate treatment.”

Article 3/3 of the Child Protection System also stipulates that “failing to complete the child’s compulsory vaccinations” is deemed a case of abuse or neglect.

Article 3/8 says that the child must be provided with vaccines “as specified by the relevant health authorities and in accordance with the scheduled dates and periods prescribed in this regard.”

It also says that providing vaccinations to the child is the duty of the father or the guardian, adding that authorities are obliged to create a medical file for every child to register the required vaccinations and the development of his or her health conditions.

“The school health or the substitute health authority shall conduct the periodic medical checkup for school students throughout the pre-university education levels, provided that this checkup takes place at least once a year,” it reads.

Students aged 12-18 are being urged to book their COVID-19 shots, following a government announcement that only fully jabbed pupils could return to the classroom when the new school year begins at the end of this month.

HIGHLIGHTS

• Saudi Arabia reported 864 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday.

• The death toll has risen to 8,357 with 12 more virus-related fatalities.

Saudi Arabia has so far vaccinated 30,427,077 people, including 1,522,485 who are elderly.

About 58.16 percent of the population has received one dose, while 29.23 percent has completed the vaccination program. At this rate, 70 percent of the population is expected to be fully vaccinated by Oct. 8 this year.

The Ministry of Hajj and Umrah has confirmed that local pilgrims aged 12 to 18 can obtain Umrah permits if they have been fully jabbed.

The announcement follows the inauguration of the 2021 Umrah season on Aug.10. More than 13,000 permits were issued for this age group, allowing them to perform Umrah and visit the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah.

Deputy Minister of Hajj and Umrah Dr. Abdul-Fattah bin Suleiman Mashat said that Umrah permits were issued through the Eatmarna and Tawakkalna applications.

Mashat added that the ministry had worked with other authorities before this year’s season to establish executive mechanisms and create a safe environment for pilgrims.

Saudi Arabia on Tuesday reported 12 more COVID-19-related deaths, taking the overall toll to 8,357.

There were 864 new cases, meaning that 535,176 people in the country have contracted the disease since the start of the pandemic. There are 10,829 active cases, of which 1,396 are critical.

Of the newly recorded cases, 159 were in Makkah, 125 in the Eastern Province, 121 in Riyadh, and 50 were in Madinah.

There were a further 451 patient recoveries, raising this total to 515,990.

Saudi Arabia had so far conducted more than 26 million PCR tests, with 93,481 carried out in the past 24 hours.

Testing hubs and treatment centers have dealt with hundreds of thousands of people since the start of the outbreak.

Taakad centers provide COVID-19 testing for those who show no or only mild symptoms or believe they have come into contact with an infected individual.

Tetamman clinics offer treatment and advice to those with virus symptoms such as fever, loss of taste and smell, and breathing difficulties.

Appointments for both services can be made through the Ministry of Health’s Sehhaty app.

 


Bahraini king meets Saudi FM

Bahraini king meets Saudi FM in Manama. (Supplied)
Bahraini king meets Saudi FM in Manama. (Supplied)
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Bahraini king meets Saudi FM

Bahraini king meets Saudi FM in Manama. (Supplied)
  • King Hamad conveyed his greetings and appreciation to King Salman and the crown prince, wishing further progress and prosperity to Saudi Arabia and its people

MANAMA: Bahrain’s King Hamad received Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Salman at Al-Sakhir Palace in Manama on Sunday.
Prince Faisal conveyed the greetings of King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to Bahrain’s king and its brotherly people, wishing them continuous progress and prosperity.
King Hamad conveyed his greetings and appreciation to King Salman and the crown prince, wishing further progress and prosperity to Saudi Arabia and its people.
They discussed bilateral relations, issues of relevance to the Arab and Muslim worlds, and regional developments. The meeting was attended by Prince Sultan bin Ahmed, Saudi ambassador to Bahrain.


King Abdullah University of Science and Technology launches partnership with Ocean Aero

 King Abdullah University of Science and Technology launches partnership with Ocean Aero
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King Abdullah University of Science and Technology launches partnership with Ocean Aero

 King Abdullah University of Science and Technology launches partnership with Ocean Aero
  • KAUST intends to his Ocean Aero’s advanced submarines to enhance marine research of the Red Sea

THUWAL: The King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) has formed a partnership with "Ocean Aero," a manufacturer of autonomous marine submarines.

The goal of the collaboration is to improve university research in the Red Sea by bringing advanced scientific submarines to the Kingdom.

“In response to the UN Ocean Decade and Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030, KAUST is further dedicating itself to Red Sea research” said KAUST Director of Core Laboratories and Research Infrastructure, Daniel Acevedo Velez.

He continued by saying that “This collaboration is just one of many of our efforts reflecting this goal. We are very excited to have Ocean Aero as partners, as not only their vehicles, but their shared expertise will significantly advance this project.

“We couldn’t be happier to work alongside the oceanographers, researchers, and marine scientists at KAUST.

By providing a platform to reach deeper into data collection in the Red Sea than ever before, we’re able to do more science for less resources in a safe, consistent, and reliable way” said Kevin Decker, CEO of Ocean Aero.

The first stage of the KAUST-Ocean Aero collaboration began with the arrival of Triton submarines at the university.

KAUST also intends to collaborate with Ocean Aero on training and operational tasks, allowing the university to make novel advances in ocean science and marine biology.


Bangladesh religious affairs minister praises Saudi Arabia’s efforts to serve pilgrims

Bangladesh religious affairs minister praises Saudi Arabia’s efforts to serve pilgrims
Updated 26 June 2022

Bangladesh religious affairs minister praises Saudi Arabia’s efforts to serve pilgrims

Bangladesh religious affairs minister praises Saudi Arabia’s efforts to serve pilgrims
  • The minister highlighted the Kingdom’s keenness to ensure pilgrims are able to perform rituals comfortably
  • He expressed appreciation to the authorities for their role in the success of the Makkah Route initiative

RIYADH: Bangladesh’s Minister of State for Religious Affairs Mohammed Faridul Haque Khan has praised the Kingdom’s efforts to facilitate Hajj and Umrah rituals for pilgrims, Saudi Press Agency reported on Sunday.

The minister highlighted the Kingdom’s keenness to ensure pilgrims are able to perform rituals comfortably, and expressed appreciation to the authorities for their cooperation and role in the success of the Makkah Route initiative.

The Makkah Route initiative is part of Saudi Arabia's Guests of God Service Program and seeks to provide visitors to the holy sites with the finest possible services to help them perform their Hajj rituals easily and comfortably.

Five countries are featured in the initiative: Pakistan, Malaysia, Indonesia, Morocco, and Bangladesh.

It includes issuing visas, ensuring compliance with health requirements, and codifying and sorting luggage at airports in the home countries of pilgrims.

Pilgrims arriving from these countries can bypass entry procedures on their arrival in the Kingdom, go directly to the buses waiting for them, and travel to their accommodation in Makkah and Madinah. Their luggage is handled and delivered directly to them at their accommodation.


Saudi virtual hospital saves life of 70-year-old heart victim

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Updated 26 June 2022

Saudi virtual hospital saves life of 70-year-old heart victim

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  • Patients of the virtual hospital will no longer need to travel to different parts of the Kingdom to be seen by specialized physicians, nor will they be limited by 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. clinic hours

RIYADH: A cardiology team at Saudi Arabia’s Seha Virtual Hospital supervised a remote operation to save the life of a 70-year-old woman suffering from severe heart pain.

The patient arrived at the emergency department of King Fahd Specialist Hospital in Tabuk, complaining of severe pain in her chest.

After communicating with specialists from the cardiology team at Seha Virtual Hospital, located 1,000 kilometers away in the capital Riyadh, a decision was reached to operate on the woman and correct a life-threatening heart defect.

The operation, supervised by SVH consultants, was successful. The patient stayed for two days in the intensive care unit before being transferred to the inpatient department for another two days.

She has left the hospital in good health and is receiving follow-up treatment in the outpatient clinic.

With a growing live network of 130 connected hospitals, Seha Virtual Hospital is the largest of its kind in the world. The only other virtual hospital to rival it is in the US, with 43 connected hospitals.

Patients of the virtual hospital will no longer need to travel to different parts of the Kingdom to be seen by specialized physicians, nor will they be limited by 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. clinic hours.

Earlier, an official told Arab News that patients can now receive second and third medical opinions from the same consulting room.

Unlike simple video calls with doctors, the virtual hospital allows patients to visit their local hospital and attend a real-time live video clinical session with top specialists from across the Kingdom. During the session, vitals signs can be shared, while tests and X-rays can also be taken and shared with the network of specialists.

Emergency interventions can be provided round the clock, and real-time consultations with top specialists will guide local junior staff in dealing with complex cases.

Seha Virtual Hospital covers 12 main specialties and more than 35 subspecialties, including hospital-at-home follow-ups, where chronically ill patients, from the comfort of their homes, can stay connected with doctors.


Jeddah’s jetboats thrilling passengers with adrenaline-filled trips

Jeddah’s jetboats thrilling passengers with adrenaline-filled trips
Updated 26 June 2022

Jeddah’s jetboats thrilling passengers with adrenaline-filled trips

Jeddah’s jetboats thrilling passengers with adrenaline-filled trips
  • The so-called fireboats carry 12 passengers while performing maneuvers and drifts in adrenaline-filled 25 minute trips
  • The business at the Jeddah Yacht Club was the first to own fireboats in the Kingdom, Al-Ghamdi said

JEDDAH: Passengers taking high-powered speedboat journeys as part of Jeddah Season are leaving “satisfied and happy,” owner Ahmed Al-Ghamdi told Arab News.

The so-called fireboats carry 12 passengers while performing maneuvers and drifts in adrenaline-filled 25 minute trips.

The business at the Jeddah Yacht Club was the first to own fireboats in the Kingdom, Al-Ghamdi told Arab News.

He added that the people of Jeddah love water activities, which led to his decision to import the high-powered vessels from Spain.

“We know that the people in Jeddah love this kind of entertainment; people are fascinated and happy, and everyone loves it. There are passengers aged 10 to 95 years old, and we do tours that suit their ages,” he said.

Before establishing his business, Al-Ghamdi visited the Moggaro factory in Spain, which specializes in aluminum yachts.

He wanted to discover the latest trends in the motorboat industry, and soon fell in love with fireboats, also known as jetboats.

“I went to Santiago Barga, owner of Moggaro in Spain; his factory is one of the best existing factories for me. We developed the idea, sat studying it for a while, worked hard to make the arrangements, and today we have the boats in Jeddah,” Al-Ghamdi said.

Barga then visited the Kingdom to support his business partner and track how his bestselling jetboat, the Moggaro 700WJ, was operating on Jeddah’s waters.

“Ahmed Al-Ghamdi and I met in Spain. He didn’t come as a normal client who usually stays for two days; he stayed for a week, which created a good relationship between us,” Barga said.

While traveling on fireboats, passengers will experience exciting maneuvers, with video cameras recording the entire trip.

“I want to make this experience a good one for my clients. So I take care of the details as each of them will have their disposable towel and a locker to have their belongings, and showers as well as changing rooms,” Al-Ghamdi said.

He added that his passion for boats began in 1999, when started his first business in the industry. Al-Ghamdi said that in the future, he aims to localize all elements of his business.