JEDDAH: The Kingdom joined the World Health Organization (WHO) and the rest of the world in marking World No Tobacco Day (WNTD).
The Kingdom’s celebrations this year coincided with significant developments which involved the issuance of a system to ban smoking in the Kingdom, a quantum leap in the efforts made by authorities here to fight this plague invading Saudi society.
Badran bin Abdulrahman Al-Omar, the director of King Saud University and head of the board of trustees of the medical city of the university, said: “The issuance of the system to ban smoking represents a pivotal phase in the efforts to combat smoking in Saudi society. It clearly reflects the wise leadership of the Kingdom to protect the health of citizens.
During his inauguration of the event to mark WNTD and the awareness exhibit, King Saud University Medical City CEO Dr. Abdulrahman Al-Muammar warned against the severe health and economic implications of smoking on the society, calling for the integrations of the roles made by the state, civil society organizations, and the private sector to stand firmly in the face of smoking and its spread among members of society.
RIYADH: Minister of Labor Mufrej Al-Haqabani and ministry officials will hold meetings on the sidelines of the International Labor Organization meeting in Geneva with labor exporting countries to discuss agreements for recruitment of domestic labor.
Tayssir Al-Mofrej, ministry spokesman and director of the media center, said meetings will take place with delegations from Djibouti Kenya and Nepal to finalize terms of agreements in order to expand options for citizens to recruit workers from these countries.