Wednesday 23 April 2014

Saudi reports 11 new cases of Mers virus

Saudi Arabia said on Wednesday it had discovered 11 more cases of the potentially deadly Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (Mers), including what appeared to be the first case in the holy city of Makkah. A health ministry statement said eight of the people were in intensive care,


Mers virus: Global experts to visit Saudi

More than 20 international experts are expected to arrive in Saudi Arabia soon to find a way to contain the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (Mers) virus, Labor Minister and Acting Health Minister Adel Fakeih was quoted as saying. The announcement came even as the death toll due


Bahrain says 'powerless' to stop Mers virus

Bahrain is powerless to stop the deadly Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (Mers-CoV) that has already killed 81 Saudis from reaching the country, said a top Health Ministry official. Dr Mariam Al Jalahma, Health Ministry primary care and public health care assistant un


Mers spread accelerates; 17 new cases in Saudi

Saudi Arabia has discovered another 17 cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (Mers), as the total number of confirmed infections of the Sars-like disease has jumped by a third in the kingdom in the past week. King Abdullah replaced the Health Hinister, Abdullah Al-Rabeeah, on


Sandstorm forecasting app launched in Dubai

Unique System, a Unique Maritime Group company, in association with Dubai Municipality (DM), has launched a mobile application that will enable users to know about an approaching sandstorm 48 hours in advance. The launch, held along with the Geodesy and Hydrographic Survey Sectio


Black market organs trade on the rise in Saudi

The black market organs trade is on the upward trend in Saudi Arabia, with more than 400 nationals buying organs, mainly kidneys, for illegal transplantation in the last two years, a report said. “A total of 220 Saudis bought organs for transplants from markets in Pakistan,


Bahrain aims to slash HIV infections by half

Bahrain plans to slash HIV infections among children and drug addicts by 50 per cent in the next 12 months, a report said. Health officials also aim to eliminate deaths among pregnant women due to AIDS-related medical complications, reported the Gulf Daily News, our sister public


Dubai IVF clinic extends insurance network

Bourn Hall, a leading Dubai-based IVF clinic, has recently tied up with top UAE national insurance providers in a move to extend its fertility treatment services to patients covered by the providers. The alliances were signed with Thiqa, which is managed by Daman, and Daman Premi


New Mers cases in Saudi jump to 49

Saudi Arabia confirmed 13 new cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (Mers) in the kingdom on Sunday, a report said. This takes number of new cases in the last six days to 49, a sudden increase of a disease that kills about a third of the people infected and has no cure so far


Saudi pharmaceutical market seen at $3.6bn

The pharmaceutical market in Saudi Arabia including government procurements is estimated at SR13.5 billion ($3.6 billion) with the private sector claiming a share of SR7 billion, a report said. The per capita consumption of medicines in the GCC and Arab countries stands at $52 an

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