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Dr. Al-Mazrou: the Kingdom Accomplished a Prestigious Position in Mass Gathering Medicine for its Experience in Hajj and Umrah
22 September 2013
The Secretary-General of the Health Services Council, Dr. Ya'qoub bin Youssef Al-Mazrou, said that the Kingdom is one of the leading countries in the field of Mass Gathering Medicine; as it accomplished a prestigious international position in this field through its distinctive experience and accumulated expertise in the Hajj and Umrah affairs.
On the sidelines of the 2nd International Conference for Mass Gathering Medicine held currently in Riyadh under the patronage of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, May Allah protect him, Dr. Al-Mazrou pointed out in a press statement, “The pursuit of the Ministry of Health (MOH) to involve the Mass Gathering Medicine in the map of medical specialties has resulted in adoption of a new program for Mass Gathering Medicine for the first time as a universal program.”
Dr. Al-Mazrou highlighted that the Saudi Commission for Health Specialties (SCHS) has adopted the new program, and the first class has already graduated from it, adding that the MOH is currently preparing for the graduation of the second class; as the Kingdom is characterized by its excellence in managing the affairs of such huge crowds in the Hajj season every year.
Moreover, Dr. Al-Mazrou praised the efforts undertaken by the Kingdom in the field of Mass Gathering Medicine, and valued its long-term struggle in dealing with the gatherings and crowds annually in the season of Hajj and Umrah.
Within the same vein, Dr. Al-Mazrou added that the MOH has completed its leadership in the field of Mass Gathering Medicine through providing specialized courses each year for the participants in the Hajj season, such as the practitioners along with others; in an endeavor to provide them with more skills. Also, the MOH has introduced modern and advanced technologies in the fields of intensive care, cardiac and digestive diseases, preventive medicine and other specialties.
Dr. Al-Mazrou also highlighted that most diseases spreading among people nowadays are new and have a recent history. In addition, the process of disclosing and treating such diseases is characterized by difficulty and high value, especially that most of these epidemics have resistance to antibiotics and vaccines that are currently available on the international level, making it difficult to reduce their wide spread.
In the same context, Dr. Al-Mazrou highlighted that the Kingdom has transferred earlier its experience in (Mass Gathering Medicine Management) to the organizers of the London 2012 Summer Olympics, which was held about two years ago; the matter that affirms the Kingdom's leadership in this important sector all over the world.
Dr. Al-Mazrou was concluded as saying, “The Kingdom, by virtue of its experience, made an initiative about Mass Gathering Medicine, and held a conference under the auspices of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, in which all the international organizations, including the World Health Organization (WHO), have participated, thus, the Kingdom proves that it assumes a leadership role on the global and regional levels.”

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