Disease control center begins coronavirus study

March 18, 2020

Saudi Gazette report

The Saudi Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Weqaya) has announced the start of a study into the new coronavirus using the “next generation” of genetic sequencing techniques.

The center said that the work, to be carried out in its laboratories, would help locate cases of COVID-19 infection and track the spread of the disease inside the Kingdom.

Weqaya aims to prevent and control infectious and non-communicable diseases, injuries and other health threats, while monitoring, measuring and evaluating population health and risks to the Kingdom.

It also puts in place policies and programs, provides innovative public health solutions based on scientific evidence, and works as a reference body for public health initiatives.

Weqaya also plays an important role in the prevention of contagious diseases threatening public health by continuous monitoring and follow-up of several cases, assessing the risks and coming up with programs and plans to eradicate the virus or viruses.

Weqaya was set up following a Council of Ministers' decision to become one of the health institutions tasked with achieving some of the health aspects and goals in the Kingdom’s Vision 2030, in terms of preventing and combating disease.

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