Deliveries by Cesarean section up 67 percent

Updated 06 December 2015

Deliveries by Cesarean section up 67 percent

RIYADH: The cases of women giving birth by Cesarean section increased by 67 percent this year compared to 2014, according to the Ministry of Health.
In a report, the the ministry attributed this to a number of factors such as laziness among women despite the fact that there are a number of places where they can walk.
The report added that in the opinion of others, the increase is due to the fact that a number of hospitals and medical center owners encourage women to undergo Cesarean sections for financial gain.
Dr. Khaled Akur, a faculty member of the College of Medicine at King Saud University (KSU), added that the increase in the number of Cesarean births is also due to lack of health education.
He said that aside from the nature of life in the Kingdom in general, there is also lack of health awareness among women in particular, including those who are pregnant.
He added that their lack of physical activities and uncontrolled dietary habits contribute to weight increase which is not good for the health of pregnant women.
“There is no doubt that high weight among women has adverse effects. It is one of the reasons for the delay in pregnancy and infertility,” said Akur, also a gynecology and maternity consultant.
He said that the “success of assistance on reproductive rates is lesser when a woman’s weight is high.”
Makkah topped the list in having deliveries by Cesarean section with 39 percent, followed by Qurayyat with 18 percent.
The number of births that took place in public hospitals across the Kingdom stood at 262,173. Of the number, 187,017 were by natural birth (71.3 percent) and 75,156 by Cesarean section (27 percent).


Saudi Arabia's envoy to UK: We won’t allow Iran to meddle in region 

Updated 25 January 2020

Saudi Arabia's envoy to UK: We won’t allow Iran to meddle in region 

  • “You cannot give in to a country like Iran because they will see it as a sign of weakness,” Prince Khalid said
  • The ambassador encouraged people to visit his country before forming an opinion of it

LONDON: Riyadh does not seek conflict with Tehran but will not let “Iran’s meddling in the region” go unchecked, said the Saudi ambassador to Britain. 
“We do not seek conflict. We do not seek escalation. We have always been supporters of taking a firm stand against Iran. Our issue is not with the people of Iran, it is with the regime running the country,” Prince Khalid bin Bandar bin Sultan told the Daily Telegraph. 
“But we do not believe in appeasement. At no point in history has appeasement proved to be a successful strategy. You cannot give in to a country like Iran because they will see it as a sign of weakness.”
France, Germany and the UK, three of the signatories to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), triggered a “dispute resolution mechanism” recently in response to Iran ramping up its nuclear program in violation of the deal.
Prince Khalid criticized the JCPOA because it does not address “all the other things that Iran” is doing in the region.
“Iran’s meddling in the region is as challenging as the nuclear program. This is why we were concerned with the nuclear deal,” he said.
The ambassador also touched on recent allegations that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was involved in hacking the phone of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos.
“It is very easy for people to throw these unsubstantiated allegations against Saudi Arabia because they know that it is very difficult for Riyadh to defend itself when it does not have proper access to the details,” Prince Khalid said.
“We need to see the evidence before we make any response, because the evidence made public so far is circumstantial at best.”
Saudis do not always represent themselves well because they are “a reticent people and our culture does not push us to talking about ourselves,” he said. “We need to do a better job on showing the world who we really are.” 
The ambassador, who was appointed last year, encouraged people to visit his country before forming an opinion of it. 
“There are a lot of misconceptions about Saudi Arabia. We want people to come and see Saudi Arabia for themselves, and not rely on what they have read somewhere or heard somewhere to form their opinion of the country,” he said.
“There is plenty to see, and you will find a warm, generous and hospitable people there waiting to greet you.”