King Khalid University, Media Center

Under the auspices of His Royal Highness, Prince Faisal bin Khalid bin Abdul Aziz, the Governor of Asir region, the 6th International Conference on developments of the spine was inaugurated yesterday. The event was organized by the Saudi Spine Society for Neurosurgery, in cooperation with the King Khalid University (KKU), the Central Hospital of Asir, and the Saudi Society of backbone. The event also which took place in Abha Palace Hotel, was attended by king Khalid University vice president for health specialties, Dr. Khalid Al Jalban.

The vice Dean for Clinical Affairs at the Faculty of Medicine of King Khalid University, who is the chairman of the Conference, the Assistant Professor, and the Consultant Neurosurgery, Dr. Ibrahim Alnami, has confirmed that the conference had worked on raising the scientific and knowledge level, and on developing the level of those who work in the field of spinal care. Dr. Alnami further indicated that the conference gave the opportunity to the participation of specialists in this field from various regions of the Kingdom, with their ideas and their experiences, so as to strengthen cooperation among themselves and to encourage them to focus on scientific research for the development of the field of spinal care, in addition to following the latest scientific and technical developments reached by the interested companies in the field, and transmitting the spirit of competition among them.

For his part, the member of the Saudi Society for Neurosurgery, who is also the Neurosurgery Consultant in, "Johns Hopkins Aramco Medical" Center, Dr. Salah Abdulrahman Al Akkad, thanked King Khalid University, and the Central Hospital of Asir, for the participation in the organization of the conference. He stressed that the Saudi Society for Neurosurgery has guaranteed the holding of this conference annually, because of its importance, which participated in the establishment of the Saudi Society for spine surgery, which came in parallel with the vision of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia - Vision 2030.

It is noteworthy that the Conference was accompanied by a medical exhibition in this regard, as well as workshops for students in medical schools.

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The activities of the first International Quranic Conference (employment of Koranic studies in the treatment of contemporary problems) were concluded yesterday evening. It is known that the conference was organized by King Khalid University (KKU), represented by the College of Sharia and the fundamentals of Islam, and was held in the university campus for three days. The conference also witnessed holding an exhibition in which nine entities specialized in the Holy Quran and its Sciences participated.

The number of participants at the conference amounted to approximately 40 researchers who have participated with papers, researches, as well as holding workshops and open meetings with a group of those who are interested in the Holy Quran and its Sciences, headed by His Excellency the Adviser at the Royal Court, who is also the member of the senior scientists, Dr. Abdullah Abdulmohsen Al Turki, in addition to the imam of the Grand Mosque, who is the Adviser at the Royal Court, and the member of the Council of senior scholars, His Excellency Dr. Saleh bin Humaid. Others are the General Director of the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice, Dr. Abdulrahman Sindh, as well as the imam of Quba mosque and the lecturer at Taibah University, Dr. Saleh Almoghamsi.

At the end of the conference, a number of recommendations were provided, according to the provisions of the Scientific Committee of the conference. Recommendations included thanks to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud - may God protect him - and to His Royal Highness, Prince Faisal bin Khalid bin Abdul Aziz, the Governor of the region, on the sponsorship, and to the Rector of KKU, His Excellency, Prof. Dr Faleh bin Rajaa Al Solamy, as well as to the Vice Presidents, researchers, guests, the College of Sharia, the Department of the Koran, and all the organizing committees. In addition, the officials recommend holding a conference periodically, every three years, God willing, and the next conference will be entitled 'the Koran and the building of civilization'. Moreover, they recommended the establishment of a research center in the College of Sharia, whose aims will be directed at treating contemporary problems through the Quran and Sunnah. His Excellency the Rector adopted establishing this center. The fifth recommendation was about the adoption of the Quran subject to all disciplines at the university as a requirement. Among the recommendations resulting from the conference was about those in charge of media programs who should cherish the Holy Quran. There was also a recommendation for the establishment of portal that could gather all specialists in the Holy Quran and its sciences from various countries of the Islamic world for the purpose of cooperation and exchange of experiences. The conference also recommended calling the attention of those interested in methods of teaching that are derived from the Quran and Sunnah according to the true faith, especially with regard to the substantive interpretation, guiding graduate students and scholars to the topics relevant to the Koran and the Sunna and its sciences. Finally, the conference recommended collecting all the recommendations and practical initiatives of researches, and publishing them with the commissioning of a committee to follow up.

Within the activities of the First International Quranic Conference,

Al Turki meets charity work entities in Asir. 

On the sidelines of the events associated with the first International Quranic Conference that is being organized by King Khalid University (KKU), the university hosted the meeting of the adviser at the Royal Court, who is also the member of the senior scientists, His Excellency Dr. Abdullah Abdulmohsen Al Turki, with entities that are interested in philanthropy in the region of Asir. The meeting was in the presence of Secretary-General of the world body of Scientific Miracles in the Qur'an and Sunnah, Sheikh Dr. Abdullah Al moslah, and the Secretary General of the coordinating Council of charities in the region of Asir, Dr. Nasser Al Gomishan. The meeting was managed by Dr. Abdullah Al-Hadi, and a number of officials of charitable work in the region. It took place in the central bleachers at the university.

Dr. Al Turki confirmed that charity work requires patience and expectation to reward from the God, in addition to developing plans to achieve the desired goals, adding that the importance of charity work comes in terms of its intrinsic value, benefit and advantage, and its consequences as well, because it is part of the doctrine and worship of the nation. Individuals, nations, institutions, or countries cannot marginalize this great work, or give it up, because it is part of the religion and faith.

Dr.Al Turki stressed on clarity in dealing with charity works issues, and close all deviant ways, saying that "if scientists have their own thoughts regarding charity, the workers in this field also have their own beliefs and thoughts. So, we are very keen to cooperate for the sake of Da'wa (calling) and the good, and to unify the word, the thing that all those who work in this field realize; work could be accomplished through integration and cooperation"

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Under the patronage of His Royal Highness, Prince Faisal bin Khalid bin Abdul Aziz, the Governor of Asir region, King Khalid University (KKU), represented by the College of Sharia and the fundamentals of Islam, is holding the 1st  International Quranic Conference on the employment of quranic studies in the treatment of contemporary problems. The Conference takes place on Sunday morning, the 15th of Muharram 1438 AH, and will last for three days. The venue of the event will be in the university theater in Abha.

For his part, the Rector of King Khalid University, who is also the General Supervisor of the conference, Prof. Faleh bin Rajaa Allah Al Solamy, has expressed his sincere thanks to His Royal Highness the Governor of Asir region, for honoring and for sponsoring the conference, praising his unlimited support for all activities of the University. His Excellency Al Solamy, further explained the importance of the conference for everyone, as Quranic approach is a divine approach that all Muslims must follow. His Excellency the Rector said, "Solutions to many of our contemporary problems were found thousands of years ago in the Holy Quran but for those who could think deeply," and added, "I hope this conference will come out with many of the solutions to the whole Muslim world problems in various areas of life"

On his turn, His Excellency, the University Vice - President for Academic and Educational Affairs, who is also the Head of the organizing committee of the conference, Dr. Mohammed Al Hassoun, also stressed that we lived in an open world that experiences the easy communication and mutual influence. Dr. Al Hassoun pointed out that organizing such a very important global conference was not something easy. He said, "The involvement of researchers and specialists from various Arab and Islamic countries through the themes of this conference will help in establishing a methodology to understand the reality, which will build on a conceptual-procedural rule able to find solutions to contemporary problems according to a Quranic wise perspective."

The Dean of the College of Sharia and Fundamentals of Religion, who is also the Chairman of the Scientific Committee of the Conference, Dr. Ali Al-Shahrani, said that the conference was essential as it urges the need to return to the Holy Quran, which is a fixed truth in all areas of life. Dr. Al-Shahrani stressed that the conference would focus on important objectives in order to pursue the treatment of our contemporary problems. Among these objectives are to connect the nation to the Holy Quran, which is the source of reception and of survival and it - the Holy Quran - is man's only way to live happily here and in the Hereafter. The Conference also focuses on highlighting the role of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in saving the Holy Quran and its Sciences, in addition to highlighting the role of the Quran in the treatment of contemporary problems, as well as cherishing of Quranic studies so as to be able to play their role in the treatment of contemporary Islamic issues, and to contribute to the overall advancement of society. Finally, the conference aims at recruiting researchers' potential and efforts in the treatment of contemporary problems.

It is worth mentioning that the conference will discuss a number of researches which the University received. These works were presented by researchers from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, in addition to participants from Arab and Islamic countries. Topics of these research have handled 6 axes including the recruitment of Quranic studies in the treatment of belief and intellectual problems, and the treatment of political problems, in addition to the treatment of social problems, the treatment of economic problems, and the problems of the concept of jihad, as well as the employment of Quranic studies in the treatment of learning and teaching problems.

During the event, several prominent figures will participate. They include Imam of the Grand Mosque, His Excellency, Dr. Saleh bin Humaid, and His Excellency, the former President of the Islamic Universities League, the Secretary-General of the Muslim World League, Dr. Abdulmohsen Al Turki, His Excellency Dr. Abdulrahman bin Abdullah Sindh - the General President of the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice - in addition to Dr. Saleh Moghamesi.

Objectives of the Conference:

1. Linking the nation with Holy Quran, which is considered the only source for man's survival here and in the Hereafter.

2. Highlighting the role of the Kingdom in saving the Holy Quran and its Sciences.

3. Highlighting the role of the Holy Quran in the treatment of contemporary problems.

4. Cherishing Quranic studies; to play their role in the treatment of contemporary Islamic issues, and to contribute to the overall advancement of society.

5. Recruiting researchers potential and efforts in the treatment of contemporary problems.

Conference Axes

The first axis

Employment of Quranic studies in the treatment of belief and intellectual problems:

It includes:

1 - Imbalance in understanding and dealing with the receipt sources.

2 - Physical atheistic.

3 - Expiation between excessiveness and negligence.

4 -The Misconception of freedom and equality.

5 - Losing trust in our Islamic identity.

6 - Doubting the constants.

The second axis

Employment of Koranic studies in the treatment of political problems:

It includes:

1 - Duties of sponsor and parish between excessiveness and negligence.

2 - Separation of politics and religion.

3 - confusion between the principle of Islamic shura and Western democracy.

 The third axis:

Employment of Quranic studies in the treatment of social problems:

 It includes:

1 - Poor communication and social solidarity.

2 - Family problems.

3 - Calls for the dismantling of Islamic societies (sectarian  ...).

4 - Problems of youth.

5 - Problems of women.

 The fourth Axis

Employment of Quranic studies in the treatment of economic problems:

It includes:

1 - Leniency in dealing with public money.

2 - Extravagancy.

3 - Taking money unjustly.

4 - Poverty.

5 - Unemployment.

The fifth axis

Employment of Quranic studies in the treatment of the concept of jihad problems:

It includes:

1 - Misunderstanding of the concept of jihad and its controls.

2 - The concept of terrorism and how it upgraded.

3 - assault on the infallible blood.

The sixth axis:

Employment of Quranic studies in the treatment of learning and teaching problems:

It includes:

1 - underestimated scientists and influentials.

2 - Giving up forensic science.

3 - The separation between science and action.

4 - Weakness in the output of educational institutions.

5 - Weakness in diligence and scientific creativity.

King Khalid University, Media Center

The Minister of Education, His Excellency Dr. Ahmed Al-Issa, is sponsoring the 2nd International conference "Media and Terrorism: means and strategies". The event is going to be organized by King Khalid University (KKU) in Abha, represented by the Department of Information and Communication, Faculty of Humanities. It will take place on the 7th of Rab'e Al-Awal 1438 AH, and will go on for three days.

On the occasion, His Excellency, the Rector of King Khalid University, who is also the General Supervisor of the conference, Prof. Falleh bin Rajaa Allah Al Solamy, has confirmed that the care of the Minister of Education, Dr. Ahmed Al-Issa, came within the ministry's interest in supporting of scientific activities and programs at the university. Dr. Al Solamy further explained that the conference would seek to find ways and strategies to confront terrorism in the media, and to highlight the role of the media institutions to contribute in dealing with terrorism, in revealing its methods, and in working for the formation of public opinion that would contribute to spreading the culture of tolerance and moderation in the society. His Excellency Dr. Al Solamy, pointed out that dealing with the phenomenon of terrorism with its various methods and means had become a more complex issue that haunt professionals, supervisors of the media institutions, political systems, and international organizations.

For his part, the Vice - President for Educational and Academic Affairs, who is also the Head of the Organizing Committee of the conference, Prof. Mohammed bin Ali Al Hassoun, stressed that the conference proved King Khalid University's educational role at the local, regional, and international levels. He pointed out that "media and terrorism" Conference would include an elite of scientists in the field of media and related areas. These elite specialists will present clear visions about the importance of the media, and how to employ it in the fight against terrorism, in line with the principles of media and correct approaches.

Furthermore, Counselor Supervisor of the Information and Communication Department, who is also the Head of the Scientific Committee of the Conference, Prof. Ali bin Shuweil Al Qarni, has explained that the Scientific Committee was surprised by the large number of participation from within and from outside the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia; more than a thousand (1,000) requests which form a significant strain on the committee that worked on sorting out of all these requests, before selecting 100 participants from inside and from outside the Kingdom. Dr. Al Qarni noted that international participation amounted to about 30 countries from different parts of the world. He stressed that the university had recruited all the necessary potential to serve the conference due to the importance of its subject and the global interest it generated, pointing out that the Scientific Committee had invited international media channels, social networks, strategic centers, and internationalism institutions, in order to introduce the holistic nature of the conference from all the relevant authorities inside and outside the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

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Under the patronage of the Governor of Asir region, who is the Honorary President of the Saudi Dental Society and obesity surgery in the kingdom of Saudi Arabia, His Royal Highness Prince Faisal bin Khalid bin Abdul Aziz, King Khalid University (KKU) has participated in the Second International Conference of Medicine and obesity surgery. The event took place from 6 to 8 Muharram 1438 AH. The venue of the event was Abha city and it was organized by the Saudi Society of Medicine and Surgery of obesity in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and by the hospitals of the armed forces in the south, in collaboration with the office of the General Administration of Sport in Asir.

The head of the surgery departments at the Faculty of Medicine at King Khalid University in Abha, who is also a member of the Saudi Society and the Chairman of the Scientific Committee of the Conference, Dr. Mohammed Bawahab, has stated that the final lists of the participating speakers in the conference have been approved. He also set the schedules of the main sessions and workshops that have been held on the sidelines of the conference, in addition to the arrangements for the accompanying medical exhibition, as well as the educational awareness exhibitions which have been organized in malls and in schools around the region in order to spread health awareness among a largest audience, especially the concern segment of the community.

40 speakers from around the world participated in the conference, representing a group of consultants who were specialized in this area. They were from different countries and continents, including America, Europe, Asia, and the Arab Gulf states, as well as participants from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The conference has received a remarkable follow-up and special support from the Governor of Asir region, who directed all relevant authorities to support and take part in the success of this important medical event. The conference has a wide reputation among various segments of society of both sexes as it - the conference - helps greatly in the prevention of obesity which threatens peoples' lives with dangerous diseases.

It is noteworthy that the Saudi Society of Medicine and Obesity Surgery is one of the leading scientific societies, which conducts its activity and functions under the umbrella of the Saudi Commission for Health Specialties. The Society is also specialized in conducting studies about obesity, especially after the increased number of obese people in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, which exceeded 50% of both sexes, leading to several life-threatening diseases. 

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The sessions of the University Health Systems Conference: the concept and the message, which was organized by King Khalid University (KKU) during the period 21 - 22 of this month, was concluded today Thursday in Abha Palace Hotel.

The first session of the second day, was chaired by Dr. Eric Kent Rodinbeck, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the International Union for hospitals (IHF). The session dealt with the topic of complementary work to build a university hospital system. This was through the paper presented by the Vice President of King Saud University for Health Affairs, Dr. Abdul Rahman bin Mohammed Al Muammar, in which he talked about the importance of integrative teamwork, and which has proven to be effective in providing optimal health care for the patient, and in reducing the financial burden on the health organization.

Dr. Al Muammar clarified that the integrative work among the employees of the health sectors was important for strengthening the skills and expertise of employees, which had great impact on the provision of medical service to the patient.

From his side, The Consultant of Endocrinology and Diabetes, who is also the president of CEOs for operation in King Faisal Specialist Hospital, Dr. Abdulrahman Al Naeem, talked bout the health care in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and the need for change in terms of the current situation of health care in the country, which is considered to be a certified health system only for the diagnosis and the treatment of patients, and which is considered to be of high cost and a traditional system.

Dr. Al Naeem stressed on the need of shift to a preventive initiative health system, for the challenges being faced by the Saudi citizen, such as obesity, diabetes, and also other chronic diseases. These and others conditions are creating the need for shift to a preventive initiative health system in order to reduce the financial burden on the health system and to strengthen the public health segments of all the society.

About the subject of the university hospital costs, challenges, and the success strategy, Dr. Ahmed Abu Abaa, the Executive Director of King Abdullah University Hospital, in the Princess Nora Abdul Rahman University, talked about the success story of the establishment of the King Abdullah Hospital. Dr. Abo Abaa clarified that there were 10 challenges facing the construction of a university hospital, which are building the organization strategies, the organizational structure, the human resources, the information technology, the policies and work procedures, the contracts to build the system, the medical equipment and operating and expectations of the beneficiaries, whether they are senior management, or patient, or the staff of the health organization.

In the second session, Professor Gamal Eddin, the Head of Nanotechnology Research Department at the University of McMaster, in Canada, talked about medical imaging and diagnostics with a lower cost of health care, and the importance of the development of low cost of diagnostic devices, which have a high efficiency and quality of matching what is currently being used in the health sector.

Prof. Eddin clarified saying, that represented in making those applications available to the members of community to be a way of helping the patients in the diagnosis of the disease from the beginning, which would help in speeding the reception of the necessary medical service. He requested providing the portable diagnostic devices and applications available on a wide range of community members to help patients and doctors for rapid intervention prior to any complications or health problems, as it is now in the traditional medical system.

Dr. Zaki Al Din Ahmed, the Head of e-Health Association in Pakistan, talked about the future of information technology in the university health systems, and the challenges facing the health sector, which is represented in the high rate of chronic diseases in the community. Dr Zaki also touched on the tremendous development in information technology, and how to get benefits from them to change the style of the individual's life. He demanded the provision and the development of electronic applications that greatly help in the transition from the traditional method to the participation of patients in following-up of their medical records through electronic portals for hospitals. He also called for the need to provide an effective and efficient way for the patient to communicate directly with the medical team.

Finally, it was the turn of Professor Richard Scott, of the University of Calgary, in Canada, who dealt with the role of e-university hospitals in the medical e-learning, where he pointed out to the importance of e-learning, opportunities and challenges facing this educational style. He said: “this modern educational approach seeks to develop provided therapeutic services to patients on IT”.

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Currently, Saudi Arabia owns 450 hospitals distributed in all regions of the Kingdom, where 70 thousand beds are available, and 67 thousand doctors work at work, with 10 thousand pharmacists, and 130 thousand nurses, in addition to more than 70 thousand persons in assistant services. The percentage of resettlement in these areas has reached 21% in medicine, 31% in nursing, and the proportion of resettlement in assistant services was 70%, in addition to 20 medical cities and university hospitals. The first day of the Conference of Health Systems " Concept and Message " organized by King Khalid University (KKU), was opened and was held in Abha Palace Hotel, in Abha, during the period from 21 - 22 of this month. The conference was for four sessions, presented by nine speakers, from inside and outside the Kingdom.

The first session included a talk about strategic planning for university hospitals. The session was co chaired by Prof. Dr. Khaled Al Jalaban, and Professor Khaled Abd Al Rahman - the Professor of Family Medicine and Medical Education at Imam Muhammad bin Saud University - who participated with a lecture about the strategic planning for university hospitals and its importance in the Kingdom.

The Consultant of Medicine from the Ministry of Health, Dr. Abdul Rahman Al Naim, also participated with proposals about the possibility of transforming the health service systems of care for patients to care for the healthy to prevent illness, citing that diabetes, which has reached 22%, and obesity, which is considered one of the causes of diabetes exceeded 50%, indicating that the priority shall also be for the healthy not the patients alone.

The second session included two lectures, with Dr. Eric de Rodnbug, from France, started the session by talking about the different systems of university hospitals, related to governments, and a detailed plan for making decisions. He also presented the types of approved health systems in some of the world hospitals, and how to take decisions in these systems.

Shihan Emilio Williams, the Director of Quality Programs in the Faculty of Medicine in Chicago, in America, presented the strategic planning mechanism, and the management of the academic health centers in the future, as well as how to provide health care to communities and patients with a focus on sectors with special needs, which is women, children and old people.

In the final sessions of the first day that discussed the quality of health services and scientific research hospitals in the university, Dr. Kevin Cook, from Posten, in America University, talked about the development and the role of Academy health centers in the movement of development,  and moving from quantity to quality, as he discussed the medical education center at the University of Mississippi in America and its customary role, and how to change its economy, and to change its role in health care, as well as its strategies, in addition to the role of technology in this shift for health systems.

The Director of the Quality of Programs in the Faculty of Medicine of Chicago in America, Dr Williams, stressed the importance of patient care, the importance of education and scientific research, and their impact on society, on the nation, and the world, through these health systems.

The Participant Doctor in Medicine of embryos and stem cells, Abdullah Al Dahmash, from King Saud University stressed on the importance of medical research in universities in the world, demanding the to intensification of scientific research in Universities because of its importance in raising the health care and medical service for patients in the national hospitals in the kingdom.

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His Excellency, the Governor of Asir region, Prince Faisal bin Khalid bin Abdul Aziz - may Allah protect him - sponsors the opening ceremony of the University Health Systems Conference "the concept, and the message" on Wednesday morning, in Abha Palace Hotel.

The president of the University, who is the General Supervisor of the Conference, Prof. Dr. Abdul Rahman bin Hamad Al Dawood, has, in a speech at the occasion, clarified that the patronage of His Royal Highness, Prince Faisal bin Khalid bin Abdul Aziz, was continuation of his interest for all activities of the University, in addition to all programs of the public interest. The President said: “The patronage of his Highness comes because of his active and important role in the university education, and health services in the University, as well as education services of all kinds, and this is not surprising when we know that the goals of the University include the overall process of the development of the community, and health services are one of the most important goals for the University interest”.

President Al Dawood further clarified that the conference came out of the attention of the academic health systems in the University, as well as the need for balance between the health education, scientific research, and health services, pointing out to the serious endeavor to build an integrated health system in the University.

From his part, the Vice President for Health Specialties, who is the President of the Organizing Committee of the Conference, Prof. Dr. Khalid Bin Saad Al Jalbaan, has explained that the patronage of His Highness, the Governor of Asir region, was an honor for the University and for the conference, and was a support from him to that important event. Prop. Jalbaan stated thus "this conference comes as belief in the role of the University toward the country in general, and the society in particular, as well as the institution's contribution in the scientific global legacy, to address new concept in university health systems.

Prof Jalbaan further clarified that the idea of holding that conference came from the experience of the unprecedented revival in the health education in university and at health facilities, which exceeded 20 cities, and university hospital in various regions of the Kingdom. This development has led to the emergence of this concept, which has never been discussed by scientific approach since the global university health installations adopted public health system without having a specific identity. Prof. Jalbaan continued " this new concept attracted leaders in this area of the greatest university health installations from around the world, to participate with papers and visions for this concept, which will impact on the quality of health services and health education in the kingdom, and which promotes its scientific position in this field and this concept. This development is expected to be the start of further research and conferences around the world, as the University remains the pioneer in this approach ". Prof Al Jalbaan concluded by clarifying that "through the themes of the conference, we will reach clear and practical recommendations on the sides of academic, health, service, educational and research".

The Health Systems Conference's aims are to develop the concept of health systems in the universities, to clarify of the balance mechanism between health education and scientific research, to provide services, as well as to define the role of health systems in universities within the public health system. Other aims include studying the sources of sustainable financing of health systems, defining the best methods to manage the university health systems, providing a statement of the scope of the health systems in universities and degrees, identifying the levels of service being provided, exploring the future of university health services in the Kingdom and their impacts, and determining the success standards of the university health systems.

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Experts in environmental matters, participating in the First Saudi Conference on Environment, which took place in King Khalid University, within the period between 27 - 29 / 5 / 1437 AH, have emphasized the importance of the best exploitation and the preservation of natural resources, and the necessity of confronting environmental contemporary challenges, to be based on a framework of the sustainable development, that will maintain the balance between the environmental protection methods and the growth of the economy.

At its end, the Conference came up with some recommendations which includes the following: emphasizing the importance of the efficiency of the usages of energy, encouraging the use of clean energy, the use of solar energy to reduce gas emissions, and the effort to create economical alternative that can be applied, as well as the management of water resources, so as to facilitate obtaining it, and improving the efficiency of using it on farms and in urban areas. Other recommendations are, developing ways of preservation of water, spreading water awareness among all segments of societies, work on recycling treated water and using it in the safe areas, with a focus on the treatment of the industrial waste water. Additionally, the conference recommended supporting research and studies for the usage of biological and chemical treatments, promoting the use of modern technologies to enhance the sustainability of the natural resources, and the dissemination of scientific models to use it widely, especially in fertilizers, pesticides, and in all agricultural activities, such as conservation of forests and nature reserves, and pastures. Added to all the above recommendations are the need for the conservation of biodiversity and germplasm conservation, particularly for the endangered plant and animal species, with the establishment of gene banks, the increasing natural reserves, and the combating invasive species.

The conference called on King Khalid University to adopt an initiative to preserve wildlife and conservation of germplasm in Asir region, with the creation of a bank of genes for that purpose, in order to enhance the interest in marine environments, and in coastal areas, and to keep them so as to develop their resources, such as mangrove in the environment of the Red Sea.

The Conference also recommended the establishment of an integrated environmental monitoring stations for gases, plankton and soil, and also the provision of analysis laboratories specialized in residue pesticide and heavy metals, and in making sure of food, water and soil safety, while working on accessing to information, and on providing technical support to activate the role of research centers in the fields of desertification and drought, as all Arab countries are located in widespread dry areas.

The use of means and scientific applications such as remote sensing and geographic information systems for counting, and the management of natural resources, such as water resources, vegetation, desertification, as well as solid waste management, be seriously pursued. Also there should be serious attempts to reduce waste and environmental pollutants, and process them with chemical and vital methods, as well as to work on recycling waste of all kinds to reduce environmental pollution on one hand, and use it as an economic resource on the other hand, to encourage industries and those friendly to environment projects.

The Conference also stressed on the industrial, medical and hazardous waste management (hazardous materials), to spread awareness of the seriousness of such hazards, and to activate the application of legislation and regulations, in addition to creating interest in the safe mining in all stages - from the exploration to the exploitation - by putting in place the necessary legislation.

The Conference also recommended continuing such environmental conferences and forums where researchers, specialists and those interested in environmental issues come together to share their knowledge and experiences with others. Participants at the conference also called for strategic plans for environmental awareness, and for achieving the principle of effective community partnership between the components of society and its institutions, and to activate a set gathering for joint environmental work between the private sectors within the community system and the schools students.




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