JEDDAH – Dealing with an outbreak of swine flu during Haj was one of the most important topics under discussion here Tuesday, on the second day of a major conference held by emergency medical experts.
The conference brings together experts from around the globe, who are presenting a number of papers on disaster management. The way the Kingdom deals with potential disasters was the theme of the paper presented by Dr. Khaled Al-Johaney, co-chairman of the conference’s scientific committee. Al-Johaney discussed in detail how Saudi Arabia would deal with a large-scale outbreak of swine flu.
Al-Johaney’s presentation was followed by that of Dr. Khaled Abu Hamed, chairman of the department of medicine at King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center in Riyadh. In his presentation, Abu Hamed used the Haj as an example of how emergency medical personnel should respond in the face of disaster.
Meanwhile, Dr Ziad Memish, Vice Minister of Health, told Saudi Gazette Tuesday that Makkah and Madinah residents will be the first to receive doses of the H1N1 vaccine when the first batches arrive this coming week. – SG