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Saudi dentists committed to upgrading care, says Orthodontic Society president
February 25, 2017

The president of the Saudi Orthodontic Society (SOS) said Saturday at the 11th International Orthodontic symposium that it is his organization’s mission to upgrade the level of orthodontic care to reach excellence and raise the level of awareness in the population.
“We are committed to excellence,” said Prof. Ali Habib. The three-day symposium and exhibition, including courses and workshops, are organized with the aim of sharing experience and knowledge with international experts.
Saudi dentists, periodontists,...

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Initiative launched to reduce obesity among Riyadh school students
February 21, 2017

The ministries of education and health on Monday jointly launched an initiative aimed at reducing obesity rates among male and female students.
The initiative was launched at one of Riyadh’s schools, located in a housing complex affiliated with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The campaign, sponsored by Aquafina and Quicker, comes at the start of the second school semester, and targets 1,000 general education schools in six regions and provinces in its first stage including Riyadh, Jeddah, Najran, Jouf, Eastern Province and...

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Pfizer, Tabuk Pharma to provide high-value medicines to society
February 15, 2017

In line with the Saudi governments “Vision 2030” outlining plans to achieve a thriving economy and a vibrant society, Pfizer Saudi Limited has recently signed an exclusive commercial agreement with Tabuk Pharmaceuticals (one of the leading pharmaceutical companies in Saudi Arabia and the region in general.

The synergistic venture leverages the local manufacturing capabilities"...

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Penalties for pharmacies selling medicine without prescription
February 14, 2017

The Health Ministry will intensify inspection of pharmacies, private and public hospitals, primary healthcare centers and polyclinics to prevent malpractices and punish violators, said its spokesman Mishaal Al-Rubaiaan.

“We’ll punish pharmacies that sell antibiotics without a doctor’s prescription. We have received several complaints in this respect,” he told Al-Madina"...

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Saudi Arabia sees surge in hospitality developments
February 13, 2017

Saudi Arabia has witnessed a surge in hospitality developments following the drop in oil prices a little over 12 months ago, experts at the Gulf and Indian Ocean Hotel Investors’ summit said.

“There has been a lot of domestic development than international development with new projects. And we are seeing this across the entire country; historically [developments] were strong in"...

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Study: Global health care expenditures projected to reach $8.7 trn by 2020
February 11, 2017

Global health care expenditures are projected to reach US$8.7 trillion by 2020, up from US$7 trillion in 2015. This growth will be driven by an aging population and associated chronic disease, innovative clinical advancements, and rising technology and labor costs, according to Deloitte’s report, 2017 Global Health Care Outlook: Making progress against persistent challenges released today.


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Public health time bomb: Illegal street vendors
February 11, 2017

Illegal street vendors selling anything from fake electronics to fruits and vegetables are a ticking public health time bomb and despite fines and deportations, their numbers continue to increase with authorities struggling to find ways to keep them off the streets, Al-Riyadh daily reports.

Present on the streets of almost all of the Kingdom’s major cities, the unlicensed and unregulated"...

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Saudi Arabia aims to boost pharmaceutical industry
February 11, 2017

Minister of Health Tawfiq Al-Rabiah on Wednesday said Saudi Arabia will do its best to boost its pharmaceutical industry under the National Transformation Program (NTP) 2020.
He was addressing local manufacturers of medicines and suppliers to medical laboratories at the headquarters of the Council of Saudi Chambers (CSC).
The meeting was attended by representatives of the Ministry of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources, the Food and Drug Authority, and the National Committee for Pharmaceutical Industries at...

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News Briefs: Saudi Arabia to hire 200 nurses for cardiac centers
February 11, 2017

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Health is looking for 200 critical care nurses for the country’s cardiac centers. The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration has set a tentative schedule for the examinations and interviews from Feb. 20 to 24. The positions come with a monthly salary of 4,110 Saudi riyals (about P54,580), a SR 295 yearly increase, free food and lodging and a paid annual vacation with free round trip plane ticket. Applicants"...

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MoH launches largest ever survey to assess health status of the population
February 7, 2017

The Ministry of Health (MoH) launched on Sunday its most far-reaching health survey to assess the health status of the population.
A Health Ministry official said that the survey would cover 50,000 families.
“By this survey the MoH seeks to assess the health status of the population and pinpoint risk factors, such as lack of exercise and smoking, in addition to assessing the health ability to respond to aspirations and needs of the population,” the ministry official said.
He said the ministry will evaluate its services...

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