Najran jail conditions help spread AIDS, TB

Updated 06 May 2014
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Najran jail conditions help spread AIDS, TB

Government health officials in Najran have denied responsibility for the spread of AIDS and tuberculosis among inmates at the local prison, blaming instead prison authorities, who they say failed to implement their recommendations.
Authorities notified the local governorate after uncovering the extent of the problem.
The medical committee assigned to examine the situation on the ground found that the health situation in prison wards was unsatisfactory and on the decline. Health standards in quarantine rooms do not match regulations set by the Health Ministry, sources said.
While the committee said it did not examine staff or inmates at the prison for either AIDS or TB, TB appears to have spread through direct contact with other inmates who were infected with the disease.
The committee also found that most of the toilets in the quarantine area were faulty with the exception of a single toilet, which is used by all the quarantined inmates.
Officials also found hygiene standards among inmates to be poor and noted the absence of a company to disinfect the quarantine rooms.
Shaving tools for AIDS patients were also found being shared by other prisoners.
The committee has reiterated the need for prison officials to implement its recommendation to have four quarantine rooms, fix the suction fans and toilets inside the wards and separate AIDS and TB patients from others.
The committee also recommended that inmate beds be 1.5 meters apart and that there be no more than two prisoners per room. In addition, inmates should be regularly supplied with disinfectants, they suggested.
“Private companies should be deployed to ensure hygiene standards and inmates should be tested for viruses before being allowed to mingle with other prisoners,” said a source.


The rights Saudi women did not know of

Updated 38 min 45 sec ago
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The rights Saudi women did not know of

  • Since the launch of Saudi Vision 2030, the Saudi Justice ministry has addressed all flaws in the system that prevented women from living their lives securely and free from unnecessary hassles
  • No marriage agreement is accepted unless a woman provides a written approval, even if her guardian is her father

JEDDAH: Despite the great steps taken by the Saudi Ministry of Justice to give women a freer and more secure life, many Saudi women still do not have enough knowledge of their rights. 

Therefore, the ministry has started a campaign in cities all over the Kingdom to spread awareness among women of their legal rights. A female-only staff runs public exhibitions to enlighten them about how they are protected in different areas so they can lead their lives in a better way.

“We are using every possible channel to communicate with women to enlighten them about their rights, support them in all aspects to assure their ability to enjoy a secure rightful life,” said Majed Alkhamis, head of media and communication at the Ministry of Justice.

Since the launch of Saudi Vision 2030, the ministry has addressed all flaws in the system that prevented women from living their lives securely and free from unnecessary hassles. Despite all the obstacles, the ministry has succeeded in several areas.

A wife’s rights

The system not only grants the woman the right to sue her husband or ex-husband for alimony or acknowledgment of paternity, but it also allows any women legally living on Saudi soil, regardless of her citizenship or religion, to prosecute her current or former husband even if he is outside Saudi Arabia at the time of the lawsuit. Moreover, the new systems now support divorced women to a whole new level. For example, the system gives priority to a woman’s alimony over her husband’s personal debts.

Marriage agreements

No marriage agreement is accepted unless a woman provides a written approval, even if her guardian is her father. This arrangement grants a woman the freedom to accept a marriage proposal without any influence or coercion. In addition, if a woman is not happy with her marriage, she is free to leave the house of marriage and walk out of the agreement with no law to force her to come back. If she chooses to abandon the marriage her right to alimony will be dropped, but she is still entitled to custody of the children.

No delays

The Ministry of Justice has designed a full female service within its courthouses. 

These services include advisory people who provide free consultations on everything. In addition, these departments support women at all stages up until the execution of any court order to avoid delays and procrastination.

Speedy justice

The law emphasizes the speedy execution of justice in women-related cases.