[Source: Saudi Arabia Ministry of Health, full page in Arabic: (LINK). Automatic translation.]

MERS-CoV, Saudi Arabia: MoH allocates resources for coronavirus prevention among pilgrims

(September 29 2013)

Explained the Scientific Committee National infectious diseases during a press conference held Sunday morning debts of the Ministry of Health in the presence of members of the Scientific Committee of the National Infectious Diseases and the Scientific Committee for the infection of health facilities that the health status of the pilgrims comfortable and thankfully so far, indicating that the ministry has allocated medical teams specialized follow all the pilgrims coming through different outlets (land, air, sea) to examine and give pilgrims vaccine immunization and ensure the application of health requirements that were sent to all the countries concerned and that work, God willing, to disseminate health and safety and non-proliferation of any epidemic disease among them.

Commission added that during the epidemiological surveillance during the 24 hours the past has been registered any case, between pilgrims and so far totaling 600 thousand pilgrims, indicating that there is a continuous cooperation with the World Health Organization (WHO) to follow the developments of the disease globally.

It also confirmed the Scientific Committee on the tongue of its president, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Health, Public Health, Dr. Ziad [Memish] that has been added to the lab regional in Medina hospital laboratory Mina valley to work tests for Novel Coronavirus new so as to ensure rapid access to results and work with both the regional laboratories in Riyadh, Jeddah and Eastern conduct laboratory tests on suspected cases infected with the virus, indicating that the test results will appear within 4 hours max.

The Commission added that the total number of cases infected with coronavirus that was recorded in the Kingdom amounted to 114 cases so far, including 49 deaths.

They confirmed the National Scientific Committee for Infectious Diseases it at a time when it is committed to transparency and continuous communication with the community and to be informed of the evolution of the disease on an ongoing basis, they at the same time take into account the privacy and confidentiality of the patient and retain only the information which they can be identified by established medical norms.

And they are in communion with constant media about providing them with information on the monitoring of cases and has shown the Commission that the ministry is equipped with all hospitals holy sites and supported by medical teams can deal with any suspected cases, confirmed that there are plans and Procedures are applied through the registration of any situation during the pilgrimage season, and that the ministry is committed to providing all the curative and preventive services for pilgrims As … every year and it has provided all preventive medicines in all hospitals sacred feelings.

The Commission national scientific Infectious Diseases and the National Scientific infection control recommendation to postpone the pilgrimage for the elderly, pregnant women and people with chronic diseases, as well as young people and commitment to the requirements of health Previous mention them and declared through the gate of the ministry's Web site.

The Committee confirmed it in all its procedures precautionary stems from insights and recommendations of the scientific by specialist consultants and recommendations of the World Health Organization (WHO), including actions related to travel, travelers and contacts.

It showed that the most important ways to prevent disease and reduce the spread of pollutants to wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water for 15-20 seconds, especially after you cough or sneeze or rub gel sterilized to the hands as well as the use of tissue when coughing or sneezing and cover your mouth and nose, and then get rid of it in the waste basket

In addition try avoid contact with …, the nose and mouth by hand only after sure Nzafthma with the need to avoid friction with wounded and well as sites congestion and gatherings where the disease has appeared as much as possible, as well as compliance with the directives issued by the Ministry of Health and other stakeholders.

It is worth mentioning that the National Scientific infectious diseases involving both Dr. Ziad [Memish] Undersecretary of the Ministry of Health for Public Health, and Dr. Ali Al-Barrak Armed Forces Hospital Dr Sarah GMT from King Khalid University Hospital, and Dr. Sami Hajjar of the King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Dr. Hisham … of the armed forces and Dr. Jafar Tawfiq from Saudi Aramco and Dr. Fahad Al Rabiah King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Dr. Solomon Monthly general manager of school health education of girls and Dr. Hanan Balkhi National Guard Hospital, and Dr. Saud Hassan medical services at the Ministry of the Interior, Dr. Raafat al-Hakim Director General to combat infectious diseases at the Ministry of Health and Dr. Ali Al-Shammari General Manager laboratory Ministry of Health and Dr. Mazen Barre Faculty of Medicine, King Saud University, and Dr. Aisha Al Shammari, Director of Infectious Diseases at the Ministry of Health and Dr. Atef Cub Faculty of Medicine, King Saud University, Dr. Abdullah Asiri Director General for infection control health facilities at the Ministry of Health and Dr. Mohamed Monthly King Fahd Medical City.