Saudi medical centers implement delivery services, drive-throughs, to combat COVID-19

The drive-through facility offers easy access to treatment while simultaneously promoting social distancing, ensuring a safe environment for patients and medical staff. (SPA)
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Updated 03 April 2020

Saudi medical centers implement delivery services, drive-throughs, to combat COVID-19

  • Qiya Hospital in Taif reports that it has delivered 263 lots of medication so far

JEDDAH: With curfews having been imposed on a number of cities across the Kingdom as a method of combating the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), some health institutions have launched home delivery services for their outpatients to encourage social distancing and avoid crowding.

Qiya Hospital in Taif reports that it has delivered 263 lots of medication so far.

North Medical Tower in Arar is publicizing its delivery service with the tagline, “Don’t come to us. We’ll come to you.” At the moment, the service is intended for outpatients with chronic diseases. Patients can send a WhatsApp message to 01466 194 77 — and should be sure to include the patient’s details and required medication.

King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center in Riyadh has launched its “drive-through pharmacy,” allowing medicine to be picked up at the hospital’s Gate 5 so that there is no need for visitors to enter the premises.

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Since the launch of the drive-through pharmacy at King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center in Riyadh, 5,730 prescriptions have been picked up, with around 1,000 patients being serviced daily.

The director of the hospital’s pharmaceutical care department, Dr. Abdulrazaq Al-Jazairi, told Arab News: “Once a doctor has prescribed the drug to a patient via a telephone or online consultation, then the pharmaceutical team are notified. The pharmacist then reviews the medicine and ascertains their doses, contacting the doctor if needed. Once the drug is ready, the pharmacist will call the patient to determine the best way to deliver the medicine to them.”

Those methods include postal delivery (demand for which Al-Jazairi says has tripled in recent weeks) and the drive-through pharmacy.

Since the launch of the drive-through pharmacy, 5,730 prescriptions have been picked up, with around 1,000 patients being serviced daily.

Al-Jazairi said that the initiative was “put together within 72 hours” because of the urgent need to protect patients during the pandemic.

He stressed that it offers easy access to treatment while simultaneously promoting social distancing, ensuring a safe environment for the patient and medical staff.

The hospital has also introduced other services to ensure easy access to medication, including allowing patients to request a repeat prescription without contacting a doctor.

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Global organizations commend Saudi Arabia’s role in e-learning

Updated 23 October 2020

Global organizations commend Saudi Arabia’s role in e-learning

JEDDAH: Six international organizations have completed two studies on e-learning in the Kingdom and praised its efforts in providing a rapid response, multiple options and continuous improvement during the coronavirus pandemic.
The studies involved the participation of 342,000 respondents and were conducted under the supervision of the Kingdom’s National Center for e-Learning.
The center said that the global organizations completed two comprehensive studies on the experience of public and higher education in Saudi Arabia during the pandemic, with the aim of documenting and studying the reality of the experience and coming up with initiatives to develop e-learning practices in accordance with current global practices and standards.
The studies were conducted with the participation of students, faculty members, teachers, parents and school leaders.
The number of participants in the public education study reached 318,000, while the number of participants in the higher education study reached 24,000.
The first study was prepared by the Online Learning Consortium (OLC), with the participation of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), Quality Matters (QM), the UNESCO Institute of Information Technologies in Education (IITE), the National Research Center for Distance Education and Technological Advancements (DETA) in the US.
The second study was prepared by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) with the cooperation of the Harvard Graduate School
of Education.
In the studies, reference comparisons were made with more than 193 countries. The two studies showed the Kingdom’s distinction in the diversity of options, including, for example, electronic content and satellite channels available for e-learning in public education.

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The studies on e-learning involved the participation of 342,000 respondents and were conducted under the supervision of the Kingdom’s National Center for e-Learning.

The percentage of countries that succeeded in providing these at the national level was only 38 percent.
The study conducted by the OECD and the Harvard Graduate School of Education included a comparison of the Kingdom’s response to education during the COVID-19 pandemic with 37 member states.
The results showed the Kingdom’s progress in 13 out of 16 indicators on the average of
these countries.
The study also revealed that teachers received significant support to overcome obstacles to e-learning.
The study of public education indicated that there was a clear strategy for the Ministry of Education to reopen schools in the Kingdom and address any issues.
OLC hailed the efforts of the Saudi Ministry of Education in dealing with the crisis by providing a variety of options for e-learning, and the quick response to the pandemic and immediate shift to remote instruction.
The two studies recommended 71 proposed development initiatives for public education and 78 proposed development initiatives for higher education.
The National Center for e-Learning is working in coordination with the Ministry of Education to present the initiatives and begin their implementation.
The center announced that the organizations that conducted the studies would publish their results and complete the second phase at the end of the current semester.

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