Saudi aid agency highlights Kingdom’s efforts to alleviate suffering in Gaza

Saudi aid agency highlights Kingdom’s efforts to alleviate suffering in Gaza
A delegation from Saudi aid agency KSrelief, led by Hana Omar, director of the center’s department of partnerships and international relations, participated in a meeting in Brussels last week addressing the Gaza crisis. (SPA)
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Updated 22 March 2024
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Saudi aid agency highlights Kingdom’s efforts to alleviate suffering in Gaza

Saudi aid agency highlights Kingdom’s efforts to alleviate suffering in Gaza
  • ‘Sahim’ platform received more than $180 million in donations
  • Addressing the meeting, Omar highlighted the Kingdom’s efforts to alleviate the repercussions of the ongoing violence in Gaza

BRUSSLES: A delegation from Saudi aid agency KSrelief, led by Hana Omar, director of the center’s department of partnerships and international relations, participated in a meeting in Brussels last week addressing the Gaza crisis.
The meeting was chaired by the European Commission and France’s Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs as part of the High-Level European Humanitarian Forum’s third session, which took place on March 18 and 19.
Addressing the meeting, Omar highlighted the Kingdom’s efforts to alleviate the repercussions of the ongoing violence in Gaza and expressed her gratitude to Belgium for hosting the meeting amid “escalating hostilities and blatant violations of international humanitarian law” in Gaza. She also conveyed appreciation for the efforts of humanitarian workers in Gaza and offered condolences to the families of those who had lost their lives during recent events.
Since November, the Saudi leadership has spearheaded a campaign through the “Sahim” relief platform for the Palestinian people in Gaza. This initiative has received donations exceeding $180 million.
The forum was focused on the humanitarian requirements in nations impacted by crises worldwide. Participants emphasized the importance of bolstering cooperation between affected countries, donors, international stakeholders, and the European Union in order to identify sustainable and effective solutions to humanitarian challenges, particularly in Gaza.


Pilgrims complete rituals at Kaaba on second day of Tashreeq

Pilgrims complete rituals at Kaaba on second day of Tashreeq
Updated 18 June 2024
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Pilgrims complete rituals at Kaaba on second day of Tashreeq

Pilgrims complete rituals at Kaaba on second day of Tashreeq

DUBAI: Pilgrims at the Kaaba completed the stoning of the three Jamarat on the second day of Tashreeq on Tuesday.

They began with the smallest, Jamrat Al-Oula, then the middle, Jamrat Al-Wusta, and finally Jamrat Al-Aqaba.

Pilgrims then headed to perform the Farewell Tawaf at the Kaaba before returning to their residences in Mina.


Ministry of Interior hosts families of killed or injured service personnel during Hajj

Ministry of Interior hosts families of killed or injured service personnel during Hajj
Updated 18 June 2024
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Ministry of Interior hosts families of killed or injured service personnel during Hajj

Ministry of Interior hosts families of killed or injured service personnel during Hajj

RIYADH: Saudi’s rulers have hosted the families of military personnel who were killed or injured in the line of duty, Saudi Press Agency reported.

Maj. Gen. Dr. Suleiman bin Abdulaziz Al-Maiman, Ministry of Interior undersecretary for military affairs, said 289 pilgrims from families of martyred or injured personnel had been welcomed during this year’s Hajj season.

Every effort was made to ensure the guests had comfort, peace of mind and as much ease as possible in performing their rituals, added the report.


Ministry of Health helpline receives more than 47,000 calls during Hajj 

Ministry of Health helpline receives more than 47,000 calls during Hajj 
Updated 18 June 2024
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Ministry of Health helpline receives more than 47,000 calls during Hajj 

Ministry of Health helpline receives more than 47,000 calls during Hajj 
  • Staff at the center handle health inquiries, offer medical consultations and help find missing or hospitalized pilgrims at the holy sites

RIYADH: More than 47,000 calls have been received by the Saudi Ministry of Health’s 937 call center since the start of Hajj, Saudi Press Agency reported.

Staff at the center handle health inquiries, offer medical consultations and help find missing or hospitalized pilgrims at the holy sites.

They can deal with reports in seven different languages and a team of administrative staff, specialists and consultants are available around the clock to offer advice and support.

Pilgrims can contact the center through a number of channels, including by telephone at 937 and via WhatsApp and X.


Hajj medics successfully performed 24 open-heart operations on ailing pilgrims

Hajj medics successfully performed 24 open-heart operations on ailing pilgrims
Updated 18 June 2024
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Hajj medics successfully performed 24 open-heart operations on ailing pilgrims

Hajj medics successfully performed 24 open-heart operations on ailing pilgrims
  • 249 cardiac catheterizations and 1,006 dialysis operations also performed
  • Over 142K pilgrims benefited from various health services, says health ministry

RIYADH: Specialist medical teams deployed in Makkah for the Hajj season had successfully performed 24 open-heart surgeries on pilgrims, the Ministry of Health said on Monday.

In a statement published by the Saudi Press Agency (SPA), the ministry said 249 pilgrims had also undergone cardiac catheterizations, and 1,006 had dialysis operations, in addition to the admission of 4,082 pilgrims in need to hospitals and medical centers to receive the necessary health care.

The patients were more than 142,000 pilgrims who have benefited from the various health services provided by health care centers in Makkah city and Mina since June 15, the first day of the annual pilgrimage.

Health services provided to the pilgrims varied between medical and specialized clinics, pharmacies, dialysis centers, intensive care rooms, and isolation units, said the MOH.

Three patients were evacuated by air ambulance and transferred to the King Ambdulaziz Medical Center in Jeddah. (SPA)

Air evacuations to Jeddah

In a separate report, SPA said a medical team from Ajyad Emergency Hospital, a member of the Makkah Al-Mukarramah Health Cluster, was able to save the life of a 53-year-old Egyptian pilgrim.

Officials said the patient arrived at the hospital complaining of chest pain. After determining that a heart clot was threatening the life and safety of the pilgrim, the case was dealt with urgently and quickly. The patient was then transferred to King Abdullah Medical City in Makkah to receive the required specialized medical service and care.

Two critical cases involving a 62-year-old Egyptian pilgrim and a 48-year-old Tunisian had to be evacuated by helicopter from hospitals in the holy sites to the King Abdullah Medical Complex in Jeddah, SPA said in another report.

Dr. Mahdi Othman, head of the KAMC’s Intensive Care Department, the Egyptian patient was received by air evacuation from Jabal al-Rahma Hospital, while the Tunisian patient was received by air evacuation from the Mina Emergency Hospital.

“Both cases contracted severe pneumonia while performing the Hajj rituals for this year 1445 AH, which led to respiratory failure, and then they needed an extracorporeal membrane oxygenation life support machine, and they were admitted to the intensive care unit under intensive medical observation and close follow-up,” the MOH said.


Saudi HR ministry reviews Hajj initiatives on field visit, praises workers

Saudi HR ministry reviews Hajj initiatives on field visit, praises workers
Updated 18 June 2024
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Saudi HR ministry reviews Hajj initiatives on field visit, praises workers

Saudi HR ministry reviews Hajj initiatives on field visit, praises workers

RIYADH: The Saudi minister responsible for labor issues has praised the ministry’s workers for their efforts during this year’s Hajj, the Saudi Press Reported.

Ahmed Al-Rajhi, minister for human resources and social development, made the remarks on a visit to the ministry’s Hajj headquarters, where he reviewed the activities of the regulatory teams and inspected relevant workflows.

The teams are tasked with ensuring that establishments involved in Hajj operations comply with labor laws and other regulations.

More than 1.83 million Muslims performed the Hajj this year, slightly fewer than last year’s 1.84 million. They included more than 1.6 million pilgrims from 22 countries, and about 222,000 Saudi citizens and expatriate residents.

HR ministry initiatives have sought to aid both pilgrims and workers taking part in the annual event.

The ministry has introduced the “Ajeer Al-Hajj” service, which facilitates seasonal work, and the “Seasonal Visas” service.

An anti-begging initiative, available in multiple languages, and the supervision of over 22 childcare centers in Makkah and the holy sites through the “Childcare Centers” are also part of the ministry’s efforts this year.

Al-Rajhi also reviewed key initiatives, services, and volunteer efforts deployed in Makkah’s Grand Mosque and the holy sites.