Young Saudi medical volunteers step up to treat Hajj pilgrims

Volunteers often treat pilgrims returning to Jamarat for Tashreeq days. (AN photo by Huda Bashatah)
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Volunteers often treat pilgrims returning to Jamarat for Tashreeq days. (AN photo by Huda Bashatah)
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Volunteers often treat pilgrims returning to Jamarat for Tashreeq days. (AN photo by Huda Bashatah)
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Updated 14 July 2022

Young Saudi medical volunteers step up to treat Hajj pilgrims

Volunteers often treat pilgrims returning to Jamarat for Tashreeq days. (AN photo by Huda Bashatah)
  • “We thank the Saudi government, we thank the news channels who have been supporting, and who have been working day and night for these particular Hajj people,” he said

MINA: During the final days of Hajj, medical volunteers with the Salem bin Mahfouz Foundation offered pilgrims treatment so they could complete their journey.

“It feels great to help out,” Ghaida Abdullah, one of the volunteers, said.

“We have been preparing for about a week to provide medical services to pilgrims. It comes with great responsibility, but it is a nice feeling to give back using all the knowledge you’ve acquired — to be able to serve people and have them wish you well.”

Abdullah, a 22-year-old medical student at King Abdulaziz University in Jeddah, came to Makkah with other medical students to treat pilgrims nearing the end of their Hajj rituals.

“We provide health and medical services for any situation that pilgrims may face due to high temperatures, or any chronic disease (complications) they may experience due to sweat or high temperatures,” she said.

Abdullah and her fellow volunteers finished treating one pilgrim for burns before they shared their experience with Arab News.

“We sanitize and dress the burns, and if need be we will transfer (the patient) to a health center. Otherwise, we will try to change the dressing tomorrow,” she said.

Volunteers often treat pilgrims returning to Jamarat for Tashreeq days, the three days of ritual following the first day of Eid Al-Adha.

Nishatha Fatima Abdul Majeed, 42, and her husband, Abdul Majeed Zaheer, 50, from India were treated for leg pain.

“The medical treatment we got here was excellent and gave us relief for the time being,” Zaheer said.

“We thank the Saudi government, we thank the news channels who have been supporting, and who have been working day and night for these particular Hajj people,” he said.

In between caring for patients, the medical volunteers distributed cold water to keep the pilgrims hydrated on their journey.

Heat exhaustion, dehydration, swelling, blisters and minor wounds were among the most common problems volunteers encountered.

The volunteers said that they feel honored to assist the pilgrims and hope to return in the future.

 


Saudi king, crown prince direct operation of air bridge after Turkiye quake

Saudi king, crown prince direct operation of air bridge after Turkiye quake
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Saudi king, crown prince direct operation of air bridge after Turkiye quake

Saudi king, crown prince direct operation of air bridge after Turkiye quake

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Tuesday directed the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center to operate an air bridge to help earthquake victims in Syria and Turkey.

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Saudi ambassador to Yemen meets UN envoy

Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to Yemen Mohammed bin Saeed Al-Jaber meets with UN Special Envoy for Yemen Hans Grundberg. (SPA)
Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to Yemen Mohammed bin Saeed Al-Jaber meets with UN Special Envoy for Yemen Hans Grundberg. (SPA)
Updated 07 February 2023

Saudi ambassador to Yemen meets UN envoy

Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to Yemen Mohammed bin Saeed Al-Jaber meets with UN Special Envoy for Yemen Hans Grundberg. (SPA)
  • The two officials reviewed the Kingdom’s political, economic, developmental, and relief efforts to support the Yemeni government and people

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to Yemen Mohammed bin Saeed Al-Jaber met with the UN Special Envoy for Yemen Hans Grundberg in Riyadh on Tuesday.

The two officials reviewed the Kingdom’s political, economic, developmental, and relief efforts to support the Yemeni government and people.

They also discussed ways to strengthen and support UN efforts to reach a comprehensive political solution to end Yemen’s crisis and support its security, stability, and development.

Grundberg said he also met with the new Secretary General of the Gulf Cooperation Council Jasem Al-Budaiwi and senior Saudi officials to discuss ways to expand economic and humanitarian measures, and to progress toward a national ceasefire and an inclusive Yemeni-owned political process under UN auspices.


Saudi crown prince discusses bilateral relations with Italy PM during call

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Italy’s Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni. (File/SPA/AFP)
Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Italy’s Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni. (File/SPA/AFP)
Updated 07 February 2023

Saudi crown prince discusses bilateral relations with Italy PM during call

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Italy’s Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni. (File/SPA/AFP)

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman discussed bilateral relations with Italian premier Giorgia Meloni during a telephone call on Tuesday.

Prince Mohammed and Meloni also discussed opportunities for joint cooperation and ways to develop them in a number of fields.


Saudi Cabinet expresses solidarity with quake hit Turkiye and Syria

Saudi Cabinet expresses solidarity with quake hit Turkiye and Syria
Updated 07 February 2023

Saudi Cabinet expresses solidarity with quake hit Turkiye and Syria

Saudi Cabinet expresses solidarity with quake hit Turkiye and Syria

RIYADH: The Saudi cabinet voiced its solidarity with Turkiye and Syria following the devastating earthquakes that ripped through the border area  between the two countries killing thousands and injuring thousands more.

The statement was made during Tuesday’s weekly Saudi Cabinet meeting, chaired by King Salman, as the death toll exceeded 5,000, with tens of thousands more injured.

But international agencies like the WHO said the casualty number would grow significantly to thousands more.

The Cabinet statement published via the state news agency SPA said “the Kingdom expressed its solidarity” with the countries impacted by the earthquakes.

The first quake – of a magnitude 7.8 - struck the border area between Turkiye and Syria at about 4a.m. local time on Monday causing buildings to topple to the ground, their occupants caught unaware as they slept.

The second – 7.7 magnitude - quake struck the same area shortly before 2p.m. local time as search and rescue workers dug frantically through the rubble to find survivors.

There were two further earthquakes of a magnitude 5.6 and 5.7 on Tuesday morning as well as 312 aftershocks since the first quake struck.

The Cabinet also praised the bilateral ties between the Kingdom and Iraq and reiterated the Kingdom’s support for efforts made by the Iraqi government to achieve sustainable growth and prosperity for its people.

It also reviewed reports on regional and international conferences recently held in Saudi Arabia to keep pace with the rapid developments and contribute to finding solutions to global challenges.


KSRelief Masam project clears 675 mines in Yemen

KSRelief Masam project clears 675 mines in Yemen
Updated 07 February 2023

KSRelief Masam project clears 675 mines in Yemen

KSRelief Masam project clears 675 mines in Yemen

DUBAI: Nearly 675 mines planted by the Houthi militia in Yemen have been dismantled in the Fifth week of 2023 by King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief)’s Masam project.
The mine-clearing team removed a total of 384,980 mines planted by the militia across Yemen since Masam project started, Saudi Press Agency reported on Tuesday.

Overseen by the KSRelief, special teams destroyed hundreds of anti-personnel and anti-tank mines, unexploded ordinances and other explosive devices.

The KSRelief project, also known as Masam, is one of several initiatives undertaken by Saudi Arabia on the orders of King Salman to help the Yemeni people.

More than 1.2 million mines have been planted by the Houthi militia, claiming the lives of hundreds of civilians.

The Saudi project trains local demining engineers and provides them with modern equipment. It also provides support to Yemenis injured by the devices.