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Saudi health officials ban sale of soft drinks in hospitals

Plan to introduce fresh juices and dairy products as alternatives - dep health minister.

Saudi health officials ban sale of soft drinks in hospitals
CAN BAN: Soft drinks like Coca-Cola and Pepsi will be banned from sale in Saudi hospitals and clinics.

Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Health has banned the sale of soft drinks from the kingdom’s hospitals, Arab News reports on Tuesday.

“While banning soft drinks we want to introduce fresh juices or dairy products as alternatives,” Deputy Minister of Health Yacoub Al-Mazrou told the paper.

The decision, which was made at the fourth Health Services Council meeting earlier this week, follows a similar to move to ban fizzy drinks in schools.

The meeting, to plan a national health strategy, also approved the setting up on emergency operating theatres in the kingdom’s major cities, with the first being planned for Riyadh.

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