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Development of Jizan Province and the fight against RVF

Minister of Interior Prince Nayef bin Abdulaziz, who also chairs the committee charged with studying the developmental needs of Jizan Province, returned to Riyadh yesterday after an inspection tour of the area.

During his tour, he laid the foundation stone for the housing compound of Al-Aridhah border guard, and visited the headquarters of the provincial court, where he spoke of the great importance of the judiciary and urged the judges to be just and fair, saying that a person is innocent until proven guilty.
Prince Nayef's main purpose was to inspect the work of the teams combating Rift Valley Fever (RVF); he also toured Al-Ashima district, and went to King Fahd Central Hospital to wish a speedy recovery to patients afflicted by the disease. Chairing the second meeting of the development committee, he expressed his satisfaction over the measures that have been taken so far to fight the disease. In this context, he referred to cooperation with Yemen to confront the disease and devise appropriate solutions to stop its transmission between the two countries.
At a press conference on Saturday, Prince Nayef announced that the Government has allocated over SR 200 million [U.S. $ 53.3 million] to the Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs, the Ministry of Agriculture and Water, and the Ministry of Health for tackling all aspects of RVF. As of Sunday afternoon, the total number of cases of Rift Valley Fever (RVF) since its outbreak early in September was 585, with 99 fatalities and 381 fully recovered.