In a time of crisis such as now, precautions to prevent being infected due to the airborne coronoavirus are on-going and strict measures are being implemented at Riyadh’s ports. People are extremely worried about the extremities of this new airborne virus which is why officials are doing their best to strengthen health facilities on a regular basis.
Due to the Ministry of Health Dr. Muhammad Al Abdulaali, retrieved by the SPA Saudi Press Agency, claimed that the necessary measures for the virus depends and may alternate on a daily basis. It depends on the outcomes that are retrieved as well as full monitoring of the global and regional risks.
Based on the words of both Dr. Al Abdulaali as well as the minister, effective health monitoring as well as protocols are under process. Any person to test positive will be announced publically to keep everyone updated and the infected person will undergo severe quarantine for their own benefit as well as the benefit of the entire kingdom.
Dr. Al- Abdulaali has shown extreme importance for those who are returning to the Kingdom from abroad. He declared it a necessity for people to declare where they are coming back from as soon as they arrive at the border crossing point, airport, or even seaport. This is important for those who are returning from coronavirus hotspots which is why they need to know in advance, to allow time and room for the necessary quarantine procedures.
The health authorities have provided the public with a toll free number 937 so as to ensure protection for themselves, their families, and the surroundings as well as the society as a whole. This is a great way to ensure the proceedings of the health protocols.
Dr. Al-Abdulaali has drawn attention to the fact that the reason Saudi Arabia first got infected by the airborne virus was from the five coronavirus infected cases that have come from Iran, leaving Iran not only at fault but also infected.
Both the Global Center for Mass Medicine and National Center for Preventing and Combating Disease as well as other authorities are still continuing to work on mass medicine to help put a stop to this infectious virus once and for all.
“Saudi Arabia on Thursday denounced Iran’s irresponsible action of granting Saudi citizens entry to its territories without stamping their passports, especially at a time where there is an outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Iran.”
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Saudi Health Officials Are Hopeful As Number of Cases Decline and Vaccines Are Underway!
Saudi health officials are confident to announce their victory over the virus and that they have everything under control as the number of cases drastically declined and vaccines are underway!
The Kingdom has recorded 139 cases only, which is the first time for the number to be under 150 since the outbreak last March.
The Ministry of Health’s weekly confirmed COVID-19 case map shows that almost all of the Kingdom’s regions are in the “safe zone,” recording numbers below 50 throughout the past week and more.
“We’re among the countries with noticeable control and decrease in cases,” ministry spokesman Dr. Mohammed Al-Abd Al-Aly said during a press conference.
“The Kingdom now has more control over the pandemic. This achievement is due to the community’s adherence to the measures put in place. It wouldn’t have been possible without coordination between the community and relevant authorities in the face of this pandemic to ensure everyone’s health and safety,” he added.
The first batch of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is due in the Kingdom in days, and Al-Aly urged everyone to come forward for inoculation even if they had recovered from COVID-19.
Saudi Arabia Gets Ready For the Launch of Vaccine Campaign
Soon enough, residents of Saudi Arabia will get tor receive the coronavirus vaccine for free before the end of this year, after the Kingdom’s approval the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine this week.
According to Dr. Hani Jokhdar, Saudi deputy minister for public health, the vaccine will be inoculated before this year comes to an end, and that the first batch of the vaccine will arrive very soon.
Dr. Mazen Hassanain, managing director of the SaudiVax pharmaceuticals company, said on TV that the vaccines will be optional to take for the public.
Priority goes to those above the age of 65, healthcare workers, the obese, individuals who suffer from auto-immune diseases, and patients with chronic illnesses.
The second phase of the vaccination will kick off in March until June and the priority will be for those above 50 and patients who suffer from the following diseases: asthma, diabetes, chronic heart disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or cancer.
Teachers and educators will be included in the inoculation phase starting July, and the private and government sector workers will be given the vaccine starting next September.
Health Authorities Set to Procure Effective COVID-19 Vaccine
Saudi Health Minister Tawfiq Al-Rabiah announced on Monday that Saudi Arabia will procure the vaccine for Covid-19 once its safety is confirmed and its effectiveness proved.
He added that several studies are currently in place in different countries and that health authorities are up to date with the progress. Moreover, the recovery rate from the virus has risen to 96% in the Kingdom.
The minister says that this decline in the number of the cases is thank to the “commitment to health precautions.”
“I also thank my fellow health practitioners for their wonderful efforts,” Al-Rabiah added.
“We (all) are in one boat, and the failure of some affects everyone, so we must work together” to check the spread of the virus.
He also advised people who show any symptoms of COVID-19 to visit Tetamman (rest assured) clinics.
“Appointments can be made through the ministry’s Sehaty app, and anyone who has any questions or wants to consult a doctor can call 937,” the minister said.
He also stressed on the importance of maintaining social distance and the needed precautionary measures.