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Saudi Arabia: For First Time, Saudi Women Step into Haj Emergency Role

Mecca: Seven women sit in front of computer screens fielding distress calls from across Mecca ahead of the annual Haj pilgrimage this week, in a first for Saudi Arabia as it tries to expand participation in the workforce.\r\nThe seven, almost all wearing the black niqab over their faces, form the first women\'s section of an emergency call centre in the kingdom, which has begun offering more education and employment opportunities to the half of the population that has traditionally stayed at home.

Saudi Arabia: Emergency Intervention Teams at all Holy Sites

Mina: The Civilian Protection teams have been put on alert and are ready to deal with any emergency situation and undertaking any evacuation, shelter, or relief operations, announced Col. Dhafir Al-Asmari.\r\n“In cases of emergency, we are supported by 32 government agencies that will help us take drastic measures to deal with any situation and ensure the maximum protection of all pilgrims. These teams are also supported by Civil Defense teams that have been distributed all over the Holy Sites,” Al-Asmari explained.

Sri Lanka: National Stroke Center to be Established in Mulleriyawa Hospital

Colombo: Sri Lanka\'s Minister of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine, Dr Rajitha Senaratne has said that measures have been taken to establish the National Stroke Center in the Mulleriyawa hospital.\r\nMinister Senaratne has disclosed this participating as the Chief Guest in an event held to launch the register of stroke patients in Sri Lanka recently at the Colombo National Hospital.

Thailand: Yield way to ambulances or be fined

Bangkok: Police have fined a Bangkok pickup driver Bt 500 for failing to make way for an ambulance last month, confirming that the same fate awaits any motorist who doesn\'t yield the right of way to emergency vehicles.\r\nThe action had caused a stir after video of the incident circulated on social media. The driver has apologised and paid the fine, but lost his job when the incident became public.

United Arab Emirates: UAE Recruits Emirati Staff to Ambulance Crews

Dubai: Young Emiratis are already answering their country’s call to serve on the frontline of emergency medical services, as UAE health chiefs praise the “extremely positive” response to a new initiative aimed at drawing more nationals into the vital care sector.\r\nNational Ambulance launched its Emirati Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) program in May, in collaboration with the University of Sharjah and Australia’s Charles Sturt University, with the aim of recruiting up to 35 UAE high-school graduates in the Northern Emirates to bolster the country’s health workforce.
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