Saudi surgeons train Indonesian doctors in advanced cardiac procedures

Saudi surgeons train Indonesian doctors in advanced cardiac procedures
In this photo provided by Indonesia's health ministry on May 27, 2024, Saudi doctors are conducting heart surgery at Adam Malik Central General Hospital in Medan, North Sumatra. (Health Ministry)
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Updated 28 May 2024
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Saudi surgeons train Indonesian doctors in advanced cardiac procedures

Saudi surgeons train Indonesian doctors in advanced cardiac procedures
  • Saudi surgical team is embedded with a general hospital in Medan, in North Sumatra
  • Some procedures taught by Saudi doctors have never been performed in the province

JAKARTA: A 22-member medical team from Saudi Arabia has been in Indonesia since the beginning of May to train doctors in advanced cardiac procedures on adults and children.

Facilitated by the Kingdom’s aid agency KSrelief, the cardiovascular surgical team is embedded with Adam Malik Central General Hospital in Medan, North Sumatra province.

It consists of surgeons, specialist nurses, perfusionists and respiratory therapists from the King Faisal Cardiac Center in Jeddah and the King Abdullah International Medical Research Center in Riyadh.

Among them are “some of the best heart surgeons in Saudi Arabia,” who not only “help save the lives of Indonesian people, but also provide training to young doctors to handle open-heart surgery, catheterization and pediatric heart surgery,” Indonesia’s Health Minister Budi Gunadi Sadikin said in a statement on Monday.

“(Their presence) will encourage quality improvement and accelerate the transfer of knowledge to young Indonesian doctors. They will train and work with well-known doctors from abroad, learning their work discipline, work culture and interaction with patients.”

During their stay in Indonesia, the Saudi Arabia doctors will perform surgery on about 30 patients, with all the costs covered by the program.

Heart disease is the second-leading cause of death in the Southeast Asian nation — after stroke — killing 250,000 people a year, including 6,000 children.

Many patients die before they receive specialist care, which is often available only at hospitals in the biggest cities.

The transfer-knowledge program sponsored by KSrelief supports Indonesia’s health system transformation plan, under which all regional government hospitals will be expected to carry out open-heart surgery and pediatric heart surgery, without having to refer patients to the main cardiac centers in Jakarta.

The Ministry of Health said some of the complex procedures introduced by the Saudi Arabia team at the Medan hospital, including the replacement of a part of the aorta and the aortic valve of the heart, have never been performed in the province.

The ministry quoted the Medan hospital’s head of cardiovascular services, Dr. Faisal Habib, who said his team was also learning from the Saudi Arabia doctors the advanced techniques of handling surgery in less invasive ways.

“One of their master skills is performing heart surgery without opening the entire chest, but only through a small opening,” he said. “We are learning this from their expertise.”


Saudi medical team performs brain surgery on Turkish pilgrim

Saudi medical team performs brain surgery on Turkish pilgrim
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Saudi medical team performs brain surgery on Turkish pilgrim

Saudi medical team performs brain surgery on Turkish pilgrim
  • 70-year-old Turkish female Hajj pilgrim suffered a hemorrhage

RIYADH: A Saudi medical team from the neurosciences center at King Abdullah Medical City performed a complex brain operation on a 70-year-old Turkish female Hajj pilgrim who had suffered a hemorrhage, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Sunday.

The team acted quickly to relieve pressure on the woman’s brain, drilling a hole in the skull and inserting a drainage tube.

X-rays identified an arteriovenous malformation in a critical area of the brain, which was treated using advanced medical techniques. There were no complications.

When the patient regained consciousness she was able to be taken off the respirator.

Her health is gradually improving, and plans are being made to allow her to complete Hajj with full medical supervision.


 


Hajj pilgrims from around the world celebrate Eid Al-Adha at the holy sites

Hajj pilgrims from around the world celebrate Eid Al-Adha at the holy sites
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Hajj pilgrims from around the world celebrate Eid Al-Adha at the holy sites

Hajj pilgrims from around the world celebrate Eid Al-Adha at the holy sites
  • Abdullah, a pilgrim from Egypt, told Arab News: “Praise be to God, this is our first hajj and thankfully it went smoothly”

MAKKAH: Hajj pilgrims, hailing from various corners of the globe, embarked on a profound journey from Muzdalifah to Jamarat on Sunday, culminating in a joyous celebration of Eid Al-Adha.

The diversity of languages, cultures, and backgrounds present at Jamarat showcased the universal appeal of Islam and the importance of coming together in shared faith.

Eid Al-Adha, or the Feast of Sacrifice in English, has its roots in the story of the Prophet Ibrahim, who God instructed in a dream to sacrifice his son, Ismail, as a test of faith.

The diversity of languages, cultures, and backgrounds present at Jamarat showcase the universal appeal of Islam. (AN photo by Huda Bashatah)

As he was about to make the sacrifice, God intervened and sent the Angel Gabriel with a ram to be sacrificed instead.

Devoted individuals, who traversed vast distances to partake in the sacred pilgrimage, unite in shared reverence and harmony to mark the significant occasion.

Abdullah, a pilgrim from Egypt, told Arab News: “Praise be to God, this is our first hajj and thankfully it went smoothly.”

Abdullah said that he and his mother went to Arafat, and from Arafat to Muzdalifah, then on to Mina. “We came to Jamarat here, and thank God everything went well.

“Honestly, it is an indescribable feeling for someone experiencing it for the first time. It is a blessing from God that he brought us here, and may he grant us this opportunity every year,” he said.

As his son was cutting his hair, Suleiman Ali, a 70-year-old pilgrim from Indonesia, told Arab News that he is blessed to be spending Eid Al-Adha in Makkah with his family.

“The first time I performed Hajj was in 1993, and I never thought God would bless me with another chance but with my family this time.”

Asma, a pilgrim from India, told Arab News it is her first time in Saudi Arabia and performing Hajj.

“I am happy to be here with my parents, my husband, my brother-in-law, and his wife,” she said.

“It is a very emotional journey for us because we always dreamed of celebrating Eid Al-Adha here.”

Asma said that they still have not performed their animal sacrifice but they are excited to do so.

The annual pilgrimage to Makkah and the holy sites brings together people from all walks of life, breaking down barriers and fostering a sense of unity among believers.

The diversity and unity among pilgrims serve as a poignant reminder of the universal bond that transcends geographical borders and cultural differences.

 


1bn liters of water pumped on Arafat Day

1bn liters of water pumped on Arafat Day
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1bn liters of water pumped on Arafat Day

1bn liters of water pumped on Arafat Day

MINA: The Saudi National Water Company has reported that the amount of water that was pumped and distributed to Makkah and the holy sites on Arafat Day reached around 1 billion liters.

It added that the holy sites consumed 286 million liters, while over 704 million liters were distributed through Makkah’s public water systems.

It said the distribution was supported by the supervision and follow-up of the company’s engineers and supervisors from the working areas covering Makkah and the holy sites.

The company said its operations and water supplies work were in accordance with the plans set in advance to serve pilgrims. These plans included pumping water to the holy sites and the Grand Mosque’s facilities 24/7, in addition to maintaining pumping 21 hours per day for the neighborhoods in Makkah.

It emphasized the absence of any disruptions to its operations, affirming that field teams were always ready to handle and address any emergency.

The company said it carried out about 4,840 laboratory tests on Arafat Day to ensure the quality of water provided to pilgrims.


Saudi crown prince receives Eid Al-Adha greetings from Bahraini king

Saudi crown prince receives Eid Al-Adha greetings from Bahraini king
Updated 16 June 2024
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Saudi crown prince receives Eid Al-Adha greetings from Bahraini king

Saudi crown prince receives Eid Al-Adha greetings from Bahraini king
  • King Hamad lauded the exceptional organization witnessed during this year's Hajj season

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman received a phone call on Sunday from Bahrain’s King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa during which they exchanged with them Eid Al-Adha greetings, Saudi Press Agency reported.
King Hamad lauded the exceptional organization witnessed during this year's Hajj season, which facilitated pilgrims performing their religious rituals with safety and ease.
Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman expressed his gratitude to King Hamad for his noble sentiments, asking God to accept the pilgrims’ Hajj and good deeds.


Hajj pilgrims reach Jamarat Bridge

Hajj pilgrims reach Jamarat Bridge
Updated 16 June 2024
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Hajj pilgrims reach Jamarat Bridge

Hajj pilgrims reach Jamarat Bridge
  • It is here Muslims believe devil tried to talk Prophet Ibrahim out of submitting to God’s will
  • Pilgrims then return to Makkah to do Tawaf, circumambulation of Kaaba

RIYADH: Hajj pilgrims on Sunday reached Jamarat Bridge as they advanced through Mina for the final rite, the stoning of the devil, on the first day of Tashreeq.

It is here that Muslims believe the devil tried to talk the Prophet Ibrahim out of submitting to God’s will. On the 10th day of Dul Hijjah, Hajj pilgrims collect small stones that they throw at three pillars in the Jamarat Al-Aqaba, representing the devil.

Huge crowds lined up to perform the rite, many holding umbrellas to shield themselves from the sun. The pilgrims say “Allah-u Akbar” (“God is the greatest”) each time they cast a pebble.

Pilgrims can stone the pillars any time from midday to midnight on the day of the ritual.

After finishing the ritual, male pilgrims traditionally shave or cut their hair and change out of their ihram. Women cut a lock of their hair.

The ihram symbolizes equality, religious unity and the pursuit of spiritual renewal.

Security guards sprayed the pilgrims with water as they braved searing heat to reach the Jamarat complex. Temperatures as high as 45 degrees Celsius have been recorded at the Hajj this year.

The pilgrims will then return to Makkah to do Tawaf, the circumambulation of the Kaaba.

Junaid Nizami, a pilgrim from Pakistan, told Arab News that he was impressed by the arrangements in place to ensure the safety of pilgrims.

“My experience in Jamarat was good and they prepared very well for the pilgrims. Also, the system (is created) in a way where no one can clash with each other. There are police, medical staff and helpers who are supporting the people.”

After dawn prayers, when pilgrims leave Muzdalifah and proceed to Jamarat to take part in the stoning rite, women and older pilgrims can delegate this responsibility to a male in their spiritual journey.