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Rift Valley Fever situation report

Riyadh, 25th September, 2000
Between 7 p.m. Saturday and 7 p.m. Sunday, nine males and five females had been diagnosed as newly infected with Rift Valley Fever (RVF), according to a daily statement, issued on Sunday, by the Administration of Health Information and a publication by the Ministry of Health.

Amongst the patients were two in Riyadh coming from Jizan, one case in the Jeddah governorate, three cases in Asir, seven cases in Jizan and one case in Najran. Two male patients had died in Jizan. Three patients recovered from the disease and left hospital in Jizan region.

The total number of cases since the disease was reported up to 7 p.m. Sunday stood at 129. Three of these had left the hospital after recovery. The total number of dead was 27.

The statement called on the mass media to use official sources when reporting on this subject to avoid confusion. It said, for example, that some sections of the media had reported that a man who had entered King Fahd Hospital of the National Guard in Riyadh with malaria was infected with Rift Valley Fever. In another case a female child who had been admitted to the King Abdul Aziz Hospital in Jeddah with a problem related to liver enzymes was also reported to be suffering from RVF.

The statement indicated that IN general the cases of RVF have, up to now, been confined to Jizan or the surrounding geographical area. Other cases that appeared in other areas had come from Jizan.

Source: SPA

Preventive measures against threat of Rift Valley Fever

Riyadh, 22nd September, 2000

The Health Affairs Department of Riyadh region has taken comprehensive measures at the air and land entry points to the city of Riyadh against possible infiltration of Rift Valley Fever.

Director of Riyadh region Health Affairs Department Dr. Badr bin Abdul Aziz Al-Rabea said so far 2,649 passengers coming by land from the southern region to Riyadh region were examined for the disease.

Another 741 passengers were examined for safety at King Khalid International Airport coming from Jizan, Abha, Bisha, Najran and Baha, he said, adding that several checkpoints were established on roads leading to Riyadh.

Al-Rabea confirmed that not a single case was discovered since the introduction of these measures last Wednesday.

Source: SPA compiled by Saudia-Online staff

Rift Valley Fever situation

Riyadh, 23rd September, 2000


The health situation pertaining to Rift Valley Fever is more satisfactory, according to a statement issued here today by the Ministry of Health.

'The registered cases of this fever since its first appearance until this evening accounted for 113 cases (96 male and 17 female). Of these cases, 24 people have died,' the Ministry statement said.

Giving a breakdown of figures for the registered cases, the statement said there were 98 cases in Jizan, 9 cases in Asir, 5 cases in al-Qunfudah and one case in Najran.

It noted that 19 cases had recovered from the fever.

Source: SPA

Governor of SAMA focuses on the economic situation in the Kingdom

Prague, Czech Republic, 24th September, 2000
The meetings of the financial and monetary committee of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) began here on Sunday. Governor of the Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency (SAMA) Hamad Al-Sayyari, the head of the Kingdom's delegation to the meetings, shed light on the economic situation in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and international economic situation.

Al-Sayyari said the Government of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques will continue to take appropriate economic policies especially those pertaining to improvements in the investment structure. He noted that the Saudi government would provide foreign investors with facilities and incentives. With the benefit of a solid banking system, the Kingdom will promote the role of the private sector, he noted. Al-Sayyari emphasized the continuous efforts to boost revenues and rationalize expenditure despite of the improvement of oil income. He noted that oil prices were still affected by instability in the oil markets. Al-Sayyari highlighted the pioneering role being played by the Kingdom in collaboration with OPEC and non-OPEC oil producers to stabilize oil prices in a way that serves the interests of both producers and consumers. In this regard, he asserted the importance of adopting a responsible policy by the major consumers through lowering high taxes on oil products.

Source: SPA



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