Ministry of Health

Ministry of Health, Asir Emirate, Intellectual Awareness Unit, and Abha Literary Club Launch COVID-19 Webinar

Source: King Khalid University - Media Center Under the patronage of His Excellency, King Khalid University Rector Prof. Falleh Al-Solamy, the Intellectual Awareness Unit, on 25 June 2020, in cooperation with the COVID-19 Crisis Management Team in the Emirate of Asir and Abha Literary Club, the university launched an online awareness meeting with Ministry of Health Spokesperson, Dr. Muhammad Al-Abdali, entitled "The Summer and the Coronavirus Pandemic: Tips and Directions." Dean of the Arts and Sciences College, Dr. Mesfir Alwadi, directed the meeting in which he discussed different axes of prevention. He provided advice and directions on how to deal with COVID-19 in the summer. "The Ministry, through its media and press conferences, was clear in its statements believing that honesty creates awareness and raises the level of trust with the public. I praise the awareness of both citizens and residents," concluded Dean Alwadi. The meeting included a number of important interactions, such as Dr. Ali Al-Shaabi, where he praised the government efforts in limiting the spread of the COVID-19. Dean of the Community College in Khamis Mushait, Dr. Ahmed Al-Muraee, who is also the Head of Abha Literary Club, praised the level that the Ministry of Health exhibited in managing the COVID-19 crisis. He noted the great success of accurate media reporting. "For the next stage of the pandemic, I would suggest adding two media programs that will help the community to deal with COVID-19 and promoting the culture of preventive behaviors. The first suggested program is an educational awareness clip to explain to the community how to live with caution in all circumstances. The second suggested program is a regular meeting once or twice a week to review the global medical developments about COVID-19, the new discoveries, the virus changes, it's potential or evolution, the incorrect rumors, and fears, and simplifying the medical information to educate people about the virus," concluded Dean Al-Muraee. University Spokesperson Dr. Mufleh Al-Qahtani — who also serves as the general supervisor of the General Administration of Media and Relations — emphasized that the Ministry of Health's consistent communication strategy prevented any communication gaps. He also referred to the role of King Saud University, King Khalid University, and other universities in creating media programs for non-media specialists. Dr. Al-Qahtani praised the Ministry of Health's ability to balance the media between news and awareness. The meeting also involved a presentation of Dr. Siham Al Haider, Dean of College of Sciences, Arts and Society in Rijal Alma, and Dr. Aida Al-Qarni, Dean of the College of Nursing in Abha, where they are talking about the roles fulfilled by the family unit and the Ministry of Health. They praised the efforts of the Kingdom's leadership alongside societal awareness and compliance.
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King Khalid University to Host Ministry of Health Spokesperson

Source: King Khalid University - Media Center The Intellectual Awareness Unit, in collaboration with the Corona Crisis Management Chamber in the Emirate of Asir Region and Abha Literary Club, will hold a meeting to titled "Corona Pandemic and the Summer Season - Commandments and Alerts". Of note, Ministry of Health Spokesperson, Dr. Muhammad Al-Abdali, will be present and deliver a speech on the 26th of Shawwal. On his part, Dean of the College of Arts and Science at Dhahran Al-Janoub, Intellectual Awareness Unit Supervisor, Dr. Misfer bin Ahmed Al-Wadai, explained that the meeting aims to highlight the responsibility shared by the community to limit the spread of COVID-19 and to enhance the sense of national duty among our society. It is worth noting that the meeting will be held online; to register for the meeting please click here.
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Tehama Campus Continues to Implement Preventive Measures Against Covid-19

Source:  King Khalid University - Media Center In view of the recent developments related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Office of Technical Affairs at the Tehama Campus has implemented a contingency plan, which extends to all campuses, in line with the guidelines of national and international health authorities. The contingency plan produced immediate effects on all campuses at King Khalid University. Tehama Campus General Supervisor Assistant, Abdurahman Mureea, explained that the plan was implemented by intensively sterilizing buildings and distributing hand sanitizers to all employees. The task force, under the supervision of Tehama Campus General Supervisor, Dr. Ahmed Atef Al-Shehri, appointed by His Excellency Rector Al-Solamy, contains measures and recommendations for each individual member of the academic community in order to minimize the transmission risks and the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Services and Maintenance Department Director, Meteb Al-Shehri, added that protective measures were also implemented at maintenance staff housing, noting that guidelines stipulating only two people to a room were adhered to. Also, he noted that all compounds where maintenance staff reside are routinely sterilized with access to frequent temperature checks and medical treatment as needed. Director of Medical Clinics at Tehama, Fayez Issa, explained that the outpatient clinics in Tehama have implemented preventive measures by implementing visual sorting points at the clinic entrance and safe pathways for all the patients. Director of the Security and Safety Department, Mohammed Al-Asimi, confirmed that all entrances are now sorting points where whoever enters is examined for Coronavirus for the safety of all. Of note, more than 100 volunteers from the Office of Technical Affairs registered with the Ministry of Health's "Health Volunteer Platform" to help in the Kingdom's frontline battle against COVID-19. You can register in "Health Volunteer Platform" by clicking here.
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Crisis Management Amid COVID-19: 1,900 Participants in Workshop Held by Media Center

Source: King Khalid University - Media Center The General Administration of Media and Communication recently organized an online workshop entitled "Crisis Management: COVID-19 as an Example". The workshop, delivered by Prof. Ali bin Shuwail Al-Qarni, was well received with 1,900 participants. Director of the Administration of Media and Communication, Sarah Al-Qahtani, moderated the workshop as it moved through examples from around the world on COVID-19 crisis management, the scientific foundations of media crisis management, media portrayals of COVID-19, and media strategies employed by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Of note, a deep dive into the reactions of information overload was presented. Prof. Al-Qarni explained that the workshop aimed to introduce crisis management and provide a comparative analysis of the road map used in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the world. He related that it is important not to engage in sensationalism, noting that this type of tactic is always at the expense of accuracy. During the workshop, Prof. Al-Qarni explained that a crisis on this scale can reorder society in dramatic ways, and it is normal for the effects to be long-lasting on both the economy and world politics. He also said that this crisis distinguished the role of "The White Army" or "The New Experts", which are terms that refer to the medical employees whose role has been clear and compelling. He praised their role and stressed the importance of collaborating with them. "As the world grapples with COVID-19, the Ministry of Health has done a great job in its preparedness and capacity to address the spread of coronavirus within the Kingdom. We should listen to all instructions and messages," said Prof. Al-Qarni. On the topic of media delivery, it was explained that educating the community on the field of public information is critical to awareness. He also addressed the responsibilities of both the sender and receiver in the context of media. Prof. Al-Qarni viewed the characteristics of COVID-19 media coverage from countries around the world, saying that "the most prominent feature of COVID-19 media coverage around the world is the fact that the infected are neglected." Considering the importance of having an official media arm to make decisions, organize efforts, and manage the crisis, Prof. Al-Qarni commended the actions of the Emirate of Asir in establishing a "Coronavirus Crisis Management Operations Room," highlighting that this was bolstered by effective social media presence in the Emirate of Asir YouTube channel that hosted several leading officials in the Kingdom. He then maintained that His Royal Highness, Prince Turki bin Talal bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Governor of the Asir Region, adopted a scientific and methodological approach in dealing with this crisis and recognizing the unsung heroes of the Kingdom. Media Center Director, University Spokesperson, Dr. Mufleh Al-Qahtani, confirmed that this workshop was held contemporaneously with this crisis to introduce the appropriate mechanisms in media crisis management, noting that it also served to develop the skills of media professionals and train students.
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