Tillerson off to Middle East, South Asia with eye on Iran, Iraq

:: US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson heads to the Middle East, South Asia and Europe this week on a diplomatic mission focused on conflicts in Iraq and Syria and blunting Iranian More »

King Salman makes telephone call to Iraqi PM Abadi

:: King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud made a telephone call to Prime Minister Dr. Haydar Al-Abadi of Iraq today. According to Saudi Press Agency (SPA), during the telephone conversation, they reviewed More »

Saudi-Iraqi military talks held in Riyadh

:: The Iraqi Defense Ministry said that Army Chief of Staff Lieutenant General Othman Al-Ghanmi headed a high-level military delegation on Monday for a two-day official visit to Saudi Arabia at the More »

UAE says to announce government reshuffle

:: Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Prime Minister and Vice-President of the United Arab Emirates and ruler of Dubai, said in a tweet a government reshuffle will be announced later on More »

Emir of Qatar: We are ready for dialogue to solve the crisis

:: Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani said during the conclusion of his Asian tour in Indonesia that Doha is ready for dialogue to resolve the Arab boycott crisis. Sheikh Tamim More »

 

Category Archives: Health Care

Smoke-free GCC? Why a new heat-not-burn cigarette may make smoking less harmful

:: One of the biggest tobacco companies in the world is hoping to introduce a ‘smoke-free’ cigarette to the GCC that will encourage the region’s four-million smokers to switch to a potentially less harmful product. Philip Morris International (PMI), the

Tips on how pilgrims can avoid eye infections during the Hajj season

:: The Saudi Ophthalmology Society warned pilgrims of eye infections they may suffer from and advised them to take certain precautions in order not to catch any while performing hajj. One of the common infections is conjunctivitis which can be

Saudi foundation pledges $50 million to eradicate measles

A Saudi Arabian charitable foundation said on Monday it will give $50 million to the United Nations children’s agency to help eliminate measles, the largest private donation ever to UNICEF’s efforts. The donation by Riyadh-based Alwaleed Philanthropies comes amid rising

Alphabet’s Verily makes smartwatch for health research

Alphabet’s life sciences unit Verily on Friday unveiled a wrist-worn “Study Watch” designed to gather complex health data in clinical studies. Study Watch is meant for research and will be put to work in several studies including a multi-year study

Haj Safety – SA Gov Raising Health Awareness

SA ( Saudi Arabia ) Ministry of Health announced that it will take mandatory measures for Haj and Umrah pilgrims coming from countries with high rates of infectious diseases.It has already sent out a circular to the Foreign Ministry, which

Addiction to social networking ‘harming society’

Addictive use of mobile phones for social networking is causing serious problems in Saudi society including traffic accidents, divorce and behavioral problems, cutting across age, gender and income, according to experts. According to a recently published study, the reaction of

Citizen rejects blood money ruling, wants hospital shut

A Saudi citizen is demanding the Health Affairs shut down the hospital that caused the death of his only daughter due to medical malpractice, despite the hospital having complied with a court ruling to pay him the blood money. Zyad

Child suffers skull fracture, no beds in 5 big hospitals

Five hospitals in Jeddah refused to admit a Saudi child who had suffered a fracture on the skull, which led to his being unconscious for 48 hours, a website reported on Monday. The child, Khalid Mosleh Al-Mobadi, had fallen from

‘Cook From Scratch’ Key To Battling Spread Of Diabetes

A healthier diet with meals cooked from scratch instead of sugary, processed foods and drinks is the most cost-effective way of tackling diabetes, said experts as part of a panel discussion on World Diabetes Day (12 November). Going back to

Compulsory health insurance on expat visitors from next month

The Cooperative Health Insurance Council will begin implementing compulsory health insurance on expatriate visitors from next month. The number of expatriate visitors to the Kingdom is estimated at 1.6 million annually. However, Haj and Umrah pilgrims, diplomats and visitors to

Emir to open dialysis center in Makkah

Prince Khaled Al-Faisal

Emir of Makkah Prince Khaled Al-Faisal will today inaugurate a dialysis center in the holy city. The center is part of the projects of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah International Foundation for Humanitarian Works for kidney

23% of Kingdom population diabetic

A whopping 3.5 million people in the Kingdom suffer from diabetes, which is 23.5 percent of the population, one of highest ratios in the world, according to a report in an online newspaper. Saleh Al-Jasse, a consultant in endocrine diseases

Swine flu spreading

A famous private medical center in west Jeddah has received dozens of swine flu cases over the past two days despite the launch of the seasonal vaccination campaign at hospitals and health centers in the province two weeks ago. Patients

EP runs out of flu vaccine

Concern is growing among citizens in the Eastern Province about the lack of sufficient amount of vaccine for the seasonal influenza virus at health centers in the province. Health practitioners have attributed the shortage to the provision of large quantities

Thousands to be sterilized in global ‘vasectomy-athon’

Thousands of men around the world are to be sterilized Friday in what organizers dubbed a global “vasectomy-athon,” to encourage men to take a bigger role in family planning and combat resistance to the procedure. Some 750 doctors in 25

Pizza Hut, KFC outlets closed

The Al-Matar branch municipality closed down a Pizza Hut restaurant in Al-Bawadi neighborhood in Jeddah after an inspection team found a number of health violations at the establishment. The closure comes as part of the municipality’s efforts to maintain the

Diabetes Day to promote a healthy lifestyle

Health Undersecretary for Public Health Abdulaziz bin Saeed will launch World Diabetes Day on Friday during a program organized by the National Center for Diabetes. “The Ministry of Health (MoH) is keen to activate World Diabetes Day which falls on

Saudi hospitals first to implant world’s smallest pacemaker

Two Saudi hospitals — King Fahd Armed Forces Hospital (KFAFH) and Prince Sultan Cardiac Center (PSCC) — have become the first medical facilities in the world to use the smallest pacemaker. Dr. Raed Sweidan and Dr. Fayez Boukhari, KFAFH consultant

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