1998 News Story

Saudi Arabia celebrates World Health Day

Minister of Health Osama Ibn Abdulmajeed Shobokshi today announced that for Saudi Arabia, tomorrow will be World Health Day.  This event was held in the rest of the world on April 7, but the Kingdom postponed it because of the Hajj.  This year, which is the fiftieth anniversary of the founding of the World Health Organization (WHO), the theme is safety in pregnancy.   Dr. Shobokshi said statistics show that globally 600,000 mothers lose their lives each year during pregnancy and delivery, and highlighted the great efforts made by the government of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Fahd Ibn Abdul Aziz in this respect through the provision of maternity medical services ever since the Ministry of Health adopted its program for primary health care training in 1979.   By 1995 this program covered 94 percent of pregnant women.   The death rate dropped from 42 cases for each 100,000 mothers in 1988 to 17.6 cases for each 100,000 mothers in 1993.