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Mohammed Rasooldeen | Arab News <p>RIYADH: Swine flu vaccines that are arriving in the Kingdom shortly will be tried and tested before they are given to patients, Health Minister Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah told the Health Services health services Managed care The benefits covered under a health contract  Council on Sunday night.

At the 49th meeting held at his office the minister explained that so far the ministry was handling the swine flu cases successfully and was able to keep the disease at bay. He commended the strategy implemented by the National Scientific Committee to combat swine flu and also its sustained efforts in preventing the disease successfully. He pointed out that the cases of swine flu reported during the Umrah  The Umrah or (Arabic: عمرة ) is a pilgrimage to Mecca performed by Muslims that can be undertaken at any time of the year.  season this year were minimal despite millions of pilgrims came.

According to Health Ministry records there have been over 3,500 confirmed cases of H1N1 in Saudi Arabia, which were mostly cured. So far only 28 fatalities have been reported throughout the Kingdom.

Meanwhile, Dr. Yacoub Al-Mazrou, secretary-general of the Health Services Council, said that among the other issues taken up for discussion included setting up of a National Committee for Autism autism (ô`tĭzəm), developmental disability resulting from a neurological disorder that affects the normal functioning of the brain. It is characterized by the abnormal development of communication skills, social skills, and reasoning.  and health plans for the forthcoming Haj season.

The Ministry of Health has also sought public opinion to plan a national strategy for complementary and alternative medicine The term complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) is an umbrella term for alternative medicine and complementary medicine.

Alternative medicine describes practices used in place of conventional medical treatments.
 in the Kingdom.

"We welcome suggestions to plan out a national strategy to implement the program," Dr. Abdullah Al-Baddah, executive director of the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, established in 1998 as a Center of the National Institutes of Health. Supports and conducts research on complementary and alternative med-icine and informs healthcare pro-fessionals about
 at the Ministry of Health, told Arab News on Monday. He said that the ministry has sent out a questionnaire to intellectuals, management experts and medical professionals throughout the Kingdom seeking their honest opinion and suggestions for the program.

"Based on this report, we will prepare a study which will be submitted to the relevant authorities for necessary action," he added.

The questionnaire invites opinion on the merits on the merits adj. referring to a judgment, decision or ruling of a court based upon the facts presented in evidence and the law applied to that evidence. A judge decides a case "on the merits" when he/she bases the decision on the fundamental issues and considers  and disadvantages of alternative medicine, ways and means WAYS AND MEANS. In legislative assemblies there is usually appointed a committee whose duties are to inquire into, and propose to the house, the ways and means to be adopted to raise funds for the use of the government. This body is called the committee of ways and means.  of creating public awareness, research activities, international cooperation and how it could be coordinated with the regular medical institutions in colleges and universities in the Kingdom.

In an earlier statement Al-Baddah said: "Alternative medicines that have not been approved by the Saudi Food and Drugs Administration (SFDA SFDA State Food and Drug Administration (China)
SFDA Saudi Food & Drug Authority
) could lead to people losing their lives." He made the comments at a speech he delivered in Riyadh entitled "Wrong Practices in Alternative Medicine."

Al-Baddah also stressed that all medicines should be approved by the Ministry of Health. He added that people resort to alternative medicine due to price differences and when mainstream medicines fail to cure their illnesses.

"A lack of training in alternative medicine makes their practitioners vulnerable to errors. Some centers that provide alternative medicine are still not licensed, a fact that makes their practices illegal," he said.

In spite of advertisements about herbal and natural cures for health problems being common on Arabic television, alternative medicine is not yet recognized in the GCC GCC: see Gulf Cooperation Council.

(compiler, programming) GCC - The GNU Compiler Collection, which currently contains front ends for C, C++, Objective-C, Fortran, Java, and Ada, as well as libraries for these languages (libstdc++, libgcj, etc).

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Date:Oct 14, 2009
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