Saudi health ministry launches electronic program to monitor infectious diseases in blood banks

A nurse carries bags of blood donated by Saudi residents at the King Faisal Hospital in Riyadh. (File photo / Reuters)
Updated 29 July 2018
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Saudi health ministry launches electronic program to monitor infectious diseases in blood banks

RIYADH: The Ministry of Health has launched a newly developed email module to monitor cases of infectious diseases detected in blood banks.
The move is part of an initiative to report infectious diseases following the successful pilot phase that was adopted by four central blood banks in Riyadh, Sharqia, Makkah and Taif.
The aim of the initiative is to prevent the transmission of infectious diseases among different blood banks in all sectors and accelerate the process of taking appropriate preventive measures.
The ‘Fortress Program’ is an integrated electronic system to control diseases and epidemics, and it is intended to monitor infectious and epidemiological diseases electronically through the Internet and to develop control mechanisms.
It also aims to electronically follow-up on basic vaccinations, standardize processes, models and health reports throughout the Kingdom, as well as reducing discrepancies in monitoring diseases between various areas and health facilities.
The program will provide health workers and decision-makers with timely and accurate information that enables them to offer the best health services.


Muslim World League chief honored for strengthening ties between Islamic world, Russia

Updated 24 July 2019
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Muslim World League chief honored for strengthening ties between Islamic world, Russia

 

MOSCOW: The Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences has awarded the secretary-general of the Muslim World League (MWL), Dr. Mohammad bin Abdul Karim Al-Issa, an honorary doctorate in recognition of his efforts to strengthen the relationship between the Islamic world and Russia.

Prof. Vitaly Naumkin, the director of the institute, who represents one of the most well-known academic institutions in the world over the past 200 years, talked about Al-Issa’s career, noting that he has contributed to the promotion of cultural rapprochement among nations through his visits to countries and his connections with different cultures and religions.

Naumkin said that the principles of moderation adopted by the MWL and its secretary-general contributed to the establishment of security in the world, noting that these principles addressed extremism and violence.

The honorary doctorate was given to Al-Issa for his services in the development of Islamic jurisprudence and improving official and popular relations between Russia and the Islamic world, he said.

The MWL secretary-general said that he was proud to receive the honorary doctorate from an institute that is well-known for its dedication and neutrality.

He also praised the Russian Federation’s care for Arab and Islamic culture and its keenness to communicate with the Muslim world, learn its language and understand its culture.

Al-Issa considered the award to be motivation to work on promoting cultural communication and exchange between the Islamic world and Russia.

He said that the institute has contributed to changing the stereotype of Orientalism in the Muslim world and has encouraged cultural communication between nations and peoples.

The ceremony was attended by representatives of the Russian presidency, the Duma and the Senate, as well as high-ranking diplomats, senior academics of Orientalism, religious leaders and a group of researchers and students.