Follow all COVID-19 preventive measures without compromise, gov urges citizens in Northern Borders Region

Prince Faisal bin Khalid bin Sultan, governor of the Northern Borders Region, reviews efforts to prevent spread of the pandemic in the region. (SPA)
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Updated 26 March 2020

Follow all COVID-19 preventive measures without compromise, gov urges citizens in Northern Borders Region

ARAR: Prince Faisal bin Khalid bin Sultan, governor of the Northern Borders Region, met on Wednesday through video conferencing with the director-general of health affairs in the region, Abdullah bin Walman Al-Azmi.

During the meeting, Prince Faisal was briefed on the preventive and treatment efforts of the Northern Borders Health Affairs Directorate to fight the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) under all circumstances.

Prince Faisal was also briefed on the quantity and quality of the workforce, the readiness of medical, administrative and logistical staff, and rapid intervention for emergencies.

He highlighted that the emergence of lab results confirming two cases of COVID-19 in the city of Arar required applying an epidemiological investigation as per the highest scientific standards. He called for the urgent identification of everyone who had been in contact with the cases so that the Center for Disease Prevention and Control could collect samples to run the necessary tests.

He urged all citizens and residents to exercise caution and care, implement all preventive measures without compromise, contact health care services without delay if COVID-19 symptoms are suspected, and report any negligent suspected cases.

Prince Faisal stressed that social distancing is the most effective weapon to eliminate COVID-19, emphasizing his confidence in all citizens and residents to be responsible towards themselves, their families, their community, and the country.

The prince was also reassured during the video conference about the Health Affairs’ Command and Control Center, which is responsible for monitoring the 11 hospitals in the region and ensuring that firm measures are in place to reduce the spread of the virus and mitigate its effects.

Prince Faisal praised the efforts of the health authorities in the region to contain the virus and reduce its impact.

 

 

 


The Hajjana: heritage of Saudi Arabia’s camel riding border patrol honored

Updated 30 October 2020

The Hajjana: heritage of Saudi Arabia’s camel riding border patrol honored

The Hajjana — fearless camel riders who patrolled the Kingdom’s borders — helped pave the way for the establishment of the modern Saudi state.
Their story goes back almost 90 years when a Hajjana border patrol was established during the reign of King Abdul Aziz in 1933.
After the Kingdom’s founder reclaimed Al-Ahsa, he ordered sea and land patrols to be carried out to tighten security in the region’s border areas.
Patrols were led by camel riders, so a military sector was formed at that time known as Hajjana. Its name was derived from their means of transport — camels.
Now, nine decades later, the Camel Club has established the Royal Hajjana to commemorate the group’s distinguished cultural heritage.
Since its creation in April, the Royal Hajjana has been preparing to take part in official reception ceremonies for King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s guests as well as national festivals sponsored by the king and crown prince.
It will also perform in Saudi heritage shows and represent the Kingdom in local and international camel festivals.
Hajjana officers became famous throughout the country after acquiring their name from the “hejin,” or camel. They protected the Kingdom’s residents from the south of the Empty Quarter to north of the Nafud Desert.
One of the founding king’s priorities was to provide security and protect the nation’s borders, so the Border Guard was among the first military sectors created.
The Coast Guard’s budget also included allocations for Hajjana officers, known as the Hajjana patrol commanders, whose role was part of the Frontier Corps.
Patrols continued to operate in southern regions until recently. However, the memory of the Hajjana remains fresh in the minds of the Kingdom’s border guards.