SRCA Medical Evacuation Teams Ready to Serve Pilgrims

Jeddah: The 96 members of the medical evacuation teams of the Saudi Red Crescent Authority (SRCA) are ready to serve pilgrims.

The ground and air teams are the first to intervene to provide emergency services to pilgrims.

SRCA Spokesperson for the H…

Jeddah: The 96 members of the medical evacuation teams of the Saudi Red Crescent Authority (SRCA) are ready to serve pilgrims. The ground and air teams are the first to intervene to provide emergency services to pilgrims. SRCA Spokesperson for the Hajj season Dr. Youssef Al-Sofayan stressed that the authority has deployed coordinators from among its staff to collaborate with concerned authorities to facilitate the tasks of emergency teams from other sectors, ensure quick access to emergency cases, and coordinate patient transfers. This helps save time and effort in transporting potential cases to the nearest specialized health facilities. Al-Sofayan said that the authority makes use of technology for the highest response time, and the teams operated in three shifts, round the clock. He pointed out that volunteers who speak different languages have been assigned to handle calls via 997 and e-applications, providing pre-arrival instructions, according to the approved protocol. Source: Saudi Press Agency

24/7 Medical Care: Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Program Prioritizes Pilgrim Health

Makkah: The Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Dawah and Guidance, overseeing the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Guests Program for Hajj, prioritizes the well-being of pilgrims throughout their journey. To ensure their health, the program provides integr…

Makkah: The Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Dawah and Guidance, overseeing the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Guests Program for Hajj, prioritizes the well-being of pilgrims throughout their journey. To ensure their health, the program provides integrated medical clinics equipped with state-of-the-art therapeutic and diagnostic emergency equipment, as well as a full stock of preventive and therapeutic medications. These clinics operate 24/7, offering easy access for pilgrims residing nearby. Doctors at the clinics examine pilgrims, provide necessary and urgent care, dispense appropriate medications, and monitor chronic health conditions like diabetes and blood pressure. Additionally, healthcare professionals raise awareness of health issues relevant to Hajj, promoting healthy practices for a safe and fulfilling pilgrimage. Ambulances are readily available to transport critical cases to hospitals, ensuring a smooth transition to further medical care provided by the Ministry of Health. The comprehensive heal thcare services these clinics offer have been met with positive feedback from pilgrims participating in the program. Guests have expressed their appreciation for the support they receive, allowing them to focus on their spiritual duties and perform their Hajj rituals with greater ease and peace of mind. Source: Saudi Press Agency

24/7 Medical Care: Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Program Prioritizes Pilgrim Health

Makkah: The Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Dawah and Guidance, overseeing the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Guests Program for Hajj, prioritizes the well-being of pilgrims throughout their journey. To ensure their health, the program provides integr…

Makkah: The Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Dawah and Guidance, overseeing the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Guests Program for Hajj, prioritizes the well-being of pilgrims throughout their journey. To ensure their health, the program provides integrated medical clinics equipped with state-of-the-art therapeutic and diagnostic emergency equipment, as well as a full stock of preventive and therapeutic medications. These clinics operate 24/7, offering easy access for pilgrims residing nearby. Doctors at the clinics examine pilgrims, provide necessary and urgent care, dispense appropriate medications, and monitor chronic health conditions like diabetes and blood pressure. Additionally, healthcare professionals raise awareness of health issues relevant to Hajj, promoting healthy practices for a safe and fulfilling pilgrimage. Ambulances are readily available to transport critical cases to hospitals, ensuring a smooth transition to further medical care provided by the Ministry of Health. The comprehensive heal thcare services these clinics offer have been met with positive feedback from pilgrims participating in the program. Guests have expressed their appreciation for the support they receive, allowing them to focus on their spiritual duties and perform their Hajj rituals with greater ease and peace of mind. Source: Saudi Press Agency

KFSHRC Successfully Treats Severe Case of ‘Xanthoma’ After 26 Years of Suffering

Jeddah, King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre (KFSHRC) in Jeddah has achieved a significant breakthrough in treating severe Xanthoma by implementing an advanced plasma exchange protocol, a KFSHRC press release said. This milestone highli…

Jeddah, King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre (KFSHRC) in Jeddah has achieved a significant breakthrough in treating severe Xanthoma by implementing an advanced plasma exchange protocol, a KFSHRC press release said. This milestone highlights KFSHRC's role as a pioneer in healthcare innovation and patient care, especially in addressing complex medical cases. Xanthoma, marked by the accumulation of triglyceride-filled deposits under the skin, poses dermatological and systemic health challenges. KFSHRC has focused on developing innovative treatment protocols to address the recurring nature of the condition and the difficulty in finding lasting solutions. According to the release, a notable case involved a 58-year-old patient who, after battling Xanthoma for 26 years and seeking treatments worldwide, found hope in KFSHRC's treatment strategy. Central to KFSHRC's intervention was implementing a modified plasma exchange technique tailored to address the unique complexities of such severe Xanthoma. This technique particularly tackled the patient's extreme triglyceride levels and halted the disease's progression. The integration of advanced apheresis technology and state-of-the-art imaging and diagnostic tools enabled the team to understand the disease and its impact thoroughly, laying the foundation for an effective treatment plan. This effort was the culmination of a multidisciplinary collaboration among nutritionists, endocrinologists, and immunohematologists to formulate a holistic treatment strategy. This therapeutic strategy is now published in JCEM, a world-leading peer-reviewed journal for endocrine clinical research and clinical practice-the treatment protocol combined dual action to mitigate the visible symptoms and address the root causes of Xanthoma. This technique, characterized by its precision and effectiveness, marks a significant advancement in treatment modalities. It introduces innovative ways to tackle previously deemed untreatable conditions, thereby setting new standards in patien t-centered care. Additionally, the release underscored that this comprehensive approach, involving advanced expertise and cutting-edge skills in removing harmful biological substances via extracorporeal circulation, demonstrates the hospital's adaptability, proficiency, and commitment to pushing the boundaries of medical care. Chairman of the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at Jeddah KFSHRC Prof. Ashraf Dada, who led the medical care team, said, "In addressing the patient's challenging case of xanthoma, where multiple treatment modalities previously failed, we combined our clinical insights with an innovative application of modified plasma exchange, emphasizing our commitment to personalized healthcare." He emphasized that this method, though less common, was chosen for its potential to specifically target the patient's condition. KFSHRC's achievement in treating Xanthoma not only establishes new benchmarks in medical care but also demonstrates the potential of innovative treatment protocol s to significantly improve patients' quality of life and contribute to scientific advancement. "As KFSHRC continues to pioneer medical breakthroughs, its stature as a global healthcare leader becomes increasingly evident. The institution's proactive engagement in medical research and innovation, alongside its dedication to sharing insights and fostering international collaborations, introduces new paradigms in the comprehension and treatment of complex diseases," the release read. Further advancing these efforts, KFSHRC's breakthrough not only provides hope for those with similar conditions but also places the institution at the forefront of medical innovation, highlighting its commitment to research, clinical excellence, and patient experience. Source: Saudi Press Agency

Saudi Food and Drug Authority Launches Multi-Lingual Awareness Campaign During Hajj Season

Riyadh: The Saudi Food and Drug Authority (SFDA) has carried out a comprehensive awareness campaign to safeguard the health and safety of pilgrims undertaking Hajj in 1445 AH.

The initiative includes awareness pavilions at King Abdulaziz Internationa…

Riyadh: The Saudi Food and Drug Authority (SFDA) has carried out a comprehensive awareness campaign to safeguard the health and safety of pilgrims undertaking Hajj in 1445 AH. The initiative includes awareness pavilions at King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah and Prince Mohammed bin Abdulaziz International Airport in Madinah, operational until the 8th of Dhu al-Hijjah, which provide information on food safety, medications, medical devices, and other products relevant to pilgrims. Furthermore, SFDA is disseminating awareness messages in nine of the languages most widely spoken among pilgrims. These messages, containing crucial product safety information and advice, are distributed through gifts equipped with barcodes for easy access to additional details. SFDA also has staff catering to pilgrims during Hajj. The authority offers training on personal hygiene, preventing foodborne illnesses, identifying spoiled meat, and safe food preparation practices, to ensure the provision of healthy and hygieni c meals for pilgrims. The authority also collaborates with Hajj mission officials to raise awareness regarding the proper handling and use of medications. These actions align with SFDA's annual operational plan, and with its endeavoring to preserve the safety of food, medicine, and medical devices for pilgrims. The authority actively participates in monitoring and inspecting products and food establishments within the jurisdiction of Makkah and Madinah, working closely with relevant authorities to ensure a safe and healthy pilgrimage experience for all. Source: Saudi Press Agency

Expert: The world is not ready to face another pandemic

Bethlehem – Together – A global health expert warned that the world is not prepared for another health crisis like ‘Covid-19,’ as countries make a final push to agree on a way to move forward with a treaty on the pandemic.

Member states of the World …

Bethlehem - Together - A global health expert warned that the world is not prepared for another health crisis like 'Covid-19,' as countries make a final push to agree on a way to move forward with a treaty on the pandemic. Member states of the World Health Organization met in Geneva on Friday to determine how to continue negotiations on an agreement after the deadline was passed this month. 'We only hope that in the next few months we will not face another pandemic that finds us in a world that is still not prepared to face a major crisis,' said Muhammad Ali Butt, a board member of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. A major sticking point in the treaty has been provisions that low- and middle-income countries must receive 20% of tests, treatments and vaccines developed to fight the pandemic, either at non-profit costs or donated. Ali Butt said this number was reasonable to avoid the scramble for life-saving products, which has left African countries last in line during the Covid-19 c risis. The sources said that while talks on the treaty are likely to continue for months or even years, a parallel process to update the current set of rules governing disease outbreaks at the international level is moving closer to an agreement, and it could be signed before the end of the World Health Organization's annual meeting on Saturday. . Source: Maan News Agency