Fifteen health ministers from various parts of the world will attend the Second World Congress on Mass Gathering Medicine, which begins in the Saudi capital Saturday.
The three-day conference, hosted by the Kingdom, is being organized by the Ministry of Health in cooperation with the World Health Organization (WHO). The conference will discuss, among other topics, the MERS coronavirus.
The conference is also expected to be attended by the secretary-general of the Arab League, the GCC secretary-general, the WHO director general and the regional director of the WHO Eastern Mediterranean Office in Alexandria.
Health ministers participating in the congress will represent the United States, France, Cuba, Canada, Turkey, Malaysia, Pakistan, Indonesia and South Korea.
Arrangements are being overseen by a high-powered committee headed by Ziad Al-Memish, undersecretary for public health at the Ministry of Health. Several subcommittees were also formed to ensure that arrangements are in place for the event.
Health Minister Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah thanked Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah for extending his support for the event.
Al-Memish said the conference would study the results of scientific experiments initiated in mass gatherings, which would help in dealing with health measures during the Umrah and Haj seasons.
The Kingdom, he said, will be in a position to project its experience in handling mass gatherings and looking after health care needs. “International experts can throw more light on our experiences for the benefit of other participating countries,” he noted.