Saudi Arabia delivers medical aid to Togo to help fight the coronavirus pandemic

18/07/21

Mijayawa expressed his thanks to King Salman’s government for the valuable humanitarian efforts it was exerting to help the needy in Togo
LOMÉ: The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSrelief) delivered medical aid to Togo to help the country in its fight against COVID-19, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

The shipment included ventilators along with medical and preventive supplies.

The Saudi nonresident ambassador to Togo, Mishaal bin Hamdan Al-Roqi, delivered the aid on behalf of KSrelief to the Togolese Health Minister Prof. Moustafa Mijayawa in the capital.

Mijayawa expressed his thanks to King Salman’s government for the valuable humanitarian efforts it was exerting to help the needy in Togo and around the world, especially when it came to fighting coronavirus and limiting its spread.

The aid is within the framework of assistance provided by the Kingdom, represented by KSrelief, to contribute to international efforts aimed at limiting the spread of the virus.

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India thanks Saudi Arabia for liquid medical oxygen consignment

Time: 29 May 2021

India has thanked Saudi Arabia for sending 60 tons of liquid medical oxygen (LMO) to help the country’s fight against coronavirus. (@dpradhanbjp)

Saudi Arabia shipped 80 tons of LMO to India in April to help alleviate a critical shortage of the emergency gas
Pradhan praised the Kingdom’s support for India’s efforts against the COVID-19 pandemic
LONDON: India has thanked Saudi Arabia for sending 60 tons of liquid medical oxygen (LMO) to help the country’s fight against coronavirus.
Three shipping containers carrying 60 tons of liquid medical oxygen are expected to arrive in Mumbai on June 6, and a further 100 containers are expected over the coming months, India’s Minister of Petroleum, Natural Gas and Steel Dharmendra Pradhan tweeted.
“This gesture of Saudi Arabia is reflective of the close friendship and warmth between the leadership of Saudi Arabia” and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Pradhan said.
The initial three containers and the additional containers that are expected to arrive later “will remain with the Indian Oil Corporation Ltd. (IOCL) for six months as a goodwill gesture from the Saudi Government,” the minister said.
“IOCL will source LMO from Linde Dammam on commercial terms for import into the country,” he added.
Pradhan praised the Kingdom’s support for India’s efforts against the COVID-19 pandemic and said it “is a manifestation of our deep friendship and familial relations which ultimately forms the core of all our interactions.”
India, the world’s second most-populous country, this month has recorded its highest COVID-19 death toll since the pandemic began last year.
Only about 3 percent of India’s 1.3 billion people have been fully vaccinated, the lowest rate among the 10 countries with the most cases.
However, it reported its lowest daily rise in 45 days on Saturday with 173,790 new coronavirus infections during the previous 24 hours.
Saudi Arabia shipped 80 tons of LMO to India in April to help alleviate a critical shortage of the emergency gas.

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Saudi Arabia concludes relief inspection visit to South Sudan

06/12/20

JUBA: A team from the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSrelief) concluded its visit to South Sudan on Friday to assess humanitarian needs following recent floods.
During the visit, the team made an aerial inspection tour of a number of areas, including Bor, Gli, Mar, Paleo, Wernol, Banyakur, Bookta, Champy and others, that were completely submerged by the floods.
The extent of the impact of the floods on the population was assessed with the participation of officials from South Sudan represented by the minister of water and environment, the minister of sports and youth, and an official from the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management.
Meanwhile, in Yemen, KSrelief continues to implement the Maharati Biyadi Project to improve the livelihoods of orphans and family breadwinners in the Marib governorate. In this context, 50 male and female beneficiaries receive training of over 80 hours, in modern agricultural methods and methods of developing livestock to continue producing food with high efficiency.

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King Salman orders urgent aid to earthquake-hit Izmir

07/11/20

In this drone image, collapsed buildings, destroyed in the Oct. 30 earthquake are seen in Izmir, Turkey, Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020. (AP)

The death toll in last Friday’s Aegean Sea earthquake rose to 116 on Wednesday
KSRelief will provide those affected by the earthquake in Turkey with urgent medical and humanitarian aid
JEDDAH: King Salman has ordered the dispatch of urgent aid to the thousands of people affected by an earthquake in the Turkish city of Izmir, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Friday.

The 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck on Oct. 30 in the Aegean Sea and was felt as far away as Athens and Istanbul. The quake toppled buildings over, injuring thousands. The death toll rose to 116.
The aid will be dispatched through the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) and comes within the king’s keenness to stand by the Turkish people and alleviate the devastating effects of the earthquake, which caused heavy loss of life and damage to property, and as an extension of the humanitarian role played by the Kingdom during crises.
Meanwhile in Sudan, KSRelief is continuing with its work to provide vital shelter for those affected by floods. It distributed 139 tents in Khartoum, benefiting 834 people.

HIGHLIGHTS
The aid will be dispatched through the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief).

Its clinics are providing medical services in the Zaatari camp for Syrian refugees in Jordan, where around 435 patients with various health conditions were treated.
The center is also offering essential medical services for displaced people at Waalan camp in Yemen’s Haradh directorate.
KSRelief, which was established in 2015, has contributed to humanitarian projects worth nearly $4.7 billion in partnership with different global nonprofit organizations.
It has implemented more than 1,367 different projects in 54 countries, especially in conflict zones and tragedy-stricken areas.
According to a recent KSRelief report, the countries and territories that have benefited the most from its projects include Yemen ($3.3 billion), Palestine ($360 million), Syria ($297 million) and Somalia ($198 million).

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Saudi bridge continues to aid stricken in Lebanon

10/08/20

KSRelief provided urgent food supplies to affected people living in the areas adjacent to the port, covering 500 families. (SPA)

  • So far, 290 tons of aid transported to provide urgent humanitarian needs to people affected by explosion

JEDDAH: Aid continues to flow into the Lebanese capital Beirut, as the fourth Saudi air bridge plane operated by the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) arrived on Sunday.
Ninety tons of emergency aid was flown in on the flight, including medical materials and equipment, foodstuff and shelter supplies. Medicines, burn treatments, medical solutions, masks, gloves, sterilizers and other surgical materials will be distributed by special teams on the ground.
The plane also carried food baskets that included flour and dates as well as shelter materials such as tents, blankets, mattresses, and utensils.
So far, 290 tons of aid has been transported from Saudi Arabia to Lebanon as per the directives of King Salman to provide urgent humanitarian aid to the Lebanese people affected by the explosion at the Port of Beirut.
This aid was provided based on an assessment report of the necessary humanitarian needs resulting from the explosion, in coordination with the Saudi Embassy in Beirut, and the KSRelief branch in Lebanon.
This comes as an extension of the efforts made by Saudi Arabia to show solidarity with the Lebanese people and to provide relief to those affected by the disaster.

FASTFACT

So far, 290 tons of aid has been transported from Saudi Arabia to Lebanon as per the directives of King Salman to provide urgent humanitarian aid to the Lebanese people affected by the explosion at the Port of Beirut.

KSRelief provided urgent food supplies to affected people living in the areas adjacent to the port on Sunday, covering 500 families.
Saudi Ambassador to Lebanon Waleed bin Abdullah Bukhari told Arab News that special committees would oversee and review reports on the Lebanese people’s needs.
“Aid will continue to flow into Lebanon after assessing the required needs of the Lebanese people in cooperation with the relevant authorities in Lebanon,” he said.
Countries around the world have come together to help Lebanon in the wake of the explosion on Aug. 4, which devastated large areas of Beirut, damaging and destroying infrastructure, buildings and homes, including all port facilities and the country’s grain storage silos.

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$100m Saudi aid hailed by Palestinian PM

Time: 08 June, 2020

Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad yesterday hailed an emergency $ 100 million donation received from Saudi Arabia after Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas visited the Kingdom recently.
“Prime Minister Salam Fayyad and the Palestinian people thank Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah after he instructed the Saudi Finance Ministry to transfer $ 100 million to the Palestinian Authority treasury at the request of President Mahmud Abbas,” Fayyad’s office said, according to an AFP report. The money, the office added, would “support the Palestinian Authority and assist them in overcoming the financial crisis they are suffering from.”
Abbas on Friday had asked King Abdullah for emergency financial assistance for his West Bank Palestinian Authority government, which is facing a shortfall that officials have said is the worst in the government’s history. On Friday, the top Palestinian diplomat in Riyadh, Jamal Shobaki, told AFP that the PA’s debts stood at $ 1.5 billion.
Citing statistics from Fayyad’s government, Shobaki said an estimated $ 500 million was needed in urgent aid to tackle the current crisis, which has left the government unable to meet payroll for its employees.
“This $100 million is important and significant because it’s coming from a leading Arab state, and this hopefully can be an example for other countries to follow,” Ghassan Khatib, a Palestinian government spokesman, told Reuters.
With the Kingdom’s aid offer, Palestinians may hope for an end to the shortfall in pledges by traditional Arab benefactors.
“This generosity added to the track record of financial and political support by the Kingdom,” the Palestinian prime minister added.
“This support will have a deep impact in deepening the steadfastness of the Palestinian people,” he said.

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’We’re working on war footing,’ says Pakistani doctor from Saudi Arabia’s COVID-19 team

Time: 22 May, 2020

Dr Zia Ullah Khan Dawar is posing for a photograph with other members of Saudi Arabia’s COVID-19 team at a quarantine center in Makkah. (Photo courtesy: Zia Ullah Khan Dawar)
  • Says Pakistani doctors are considered very competent, trustworthy in Kingdom
  • The Pakistani public health specialist has been living in Saudi Arabia for the past four years

ISLAMABAD: Saudi Arabia’s concerted coronavirus response has paid off by bringing the disease spread under control, a Pakistani doctor working for the kingdom’s health ministry told Arab News, as he described the approach taken by Riyadh to contain the outbreak.

“It is an emergency assignment and we are working on war footing,” Dr. Zia Ullah Khan Dawar said in an interview on Thursday, but added that effective and efficient leadership, data-driven policy, enhanced testing and citizens’ strict adherence to health guidelines have made Saudi Arabia’s anti-COVID-19 efforts successful.

Pakistani Dr Zia Ullah Khan Dawar is seen at a quarantine center in Jeddah. (Photo courtesy: Zia Ullah Khan Dawar)

“The Saudi ministry of health is taking concerted approach to flatten and squash the curve,” he said, “Whenever any positive case reported, we immediately go there and do the needful.”

The Pakistani public health specialist has been living in Saudi Arabia for the past four years, earlier serving in its programs to stem tuberculosis, dengue fever and malaria.

“Pakistani doctors and specialists are seen as very competent, trustworthy, skillful and are enjoying great respect, recognition and very good reputation among the public and the government,” he said.

Dawar currently works for the health ministry’s Jeddah office, in its team for COVID-19 surveillance and data analysis.

Pakistani doctor Zia Ullah Khan Dawar is sitting at his office in Jeddah. (Photo courtesy: Zia Ullah Khan Dawar)

“Saudi government policy is in line with World Health Organization (WHO) standard guidelines,” Dawar said as he explained that concerned ministries cooperate with each other in implementing different strategies such as complete or selective lockdowns, social distancing and self-isolation, contact tracing, and enhanced testing and monitoring.

He said that in Jeddah alone, the government has established 37 fully equipped quarantine centers at hotels and new buildings. Separate facilities are provided to the contacts of persons who tested positive for COVID-19, those who are asymptomatic virus carriers, and those who entered the kingdom from abroad.

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91 Indonesians return home through Awdah initiative

Time: 17 May, 2020

RIYADH: A Jakarta-bound flight carrying 91 passengers left from Khalid International Airport in Riyadh on Sunday, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

The flight is part of Saudi Arabia’s “Awdah (return)” initiative for expatriates wanting to return to their home countries through a dedicated application system.

The Awdah initiative enables expatriates holding exit and re-entry visas, final exit and visit visas of various kinds to return to their countries by air travel.

The initiative can be used by accessing the Awdah icon on the Absher platform and providing the following information: Iqama number, date of birth, mobile number, city of departure and arrival airport. It is not necessary to have an account on the Absher platform for expatriates of all nationalities to access this service.

The total number of applications registered in the initiative reached 149,671 during the period from April 22 to May 16.

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Saudi Arabia pledges $2.66m worth of aid to Palestine as coronavirus relief

02/05/20

A Palestinian girl carries a portion of soup, given out to poor families, during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan in Gaza City on April 24, 2020, amid the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by Mohammed ABED / AFP)

The aid comes as the country has repeatedly emphasized the importance of cooperation against the pandemic. (File/AFP)

  • The $2.66 million supplies, include medical equipment from Europe, China and the Kingdom

DUBAI: Saudi Arabia, with its charity arm King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief), has pledged more than $2.5 million worth of medical supplies to Palestine in the fight against coronavirus, state-run SPA reported.

The $2.66 million supplies, include medical equipment from Europe, China and the Kingdom.

The aid comes as the country has repeatedly emphasized the importance of cooperation against the pandemic.

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Saudi king increases Ramadan meals project funding in 18 countries

Time: 24 April, 2020

Food distribution for needy families and those affected by precautionary measures against the COVID-19 pandemic in Makkah on the occasion of Ramadan has begun. Saudi King Salman on Thursday also increased funding for the Kingdom’s Ramadan meals project for 18 countries around the world. (SPA)

RIYADH:  Saudi Arabia’s King Salman has approved an increase in funding to SR5 million ($1.3 million) for Ramadan meals projects in 18 countries around the world.

The Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Dawah and Guidance will implement the program, which aims to provide iftar (breakfast) meals for 1 million people during the holy month of Ramadan.

Saudi Minister of Islamic Affairs Sheikh Abdullatif Al-Asheikh thanked the monarch for his ongoing support of the ministry’s various projects in serving Islamic works.

He said preparations had been made to deliver the initiative in 18 countries through religious attaches’ offices in the Kingdom’s embassies and Islamic centers under ministry supervision.

Al-Asheikh added that this year’s iftar project would be carried out through the distribution of food baskets in line with precautionary measures put in place to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

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