Hospital fined for refusing to treat MERS patient

Updated 13 September 2015
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Hospital fined for refusing to treat MERS patient

RIYADH: A well-known hospital here has been fined SR100,000 for failing to follow the rules pertaining to handling of suspected Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) cases.
The Violation Committee of Private Health Facilities in the Riyadh Health Directorate imposed the penalty after proving laxity on the part of the hospital in handling a patient, local media has reported.
"The case was not dealt with according to the standard practice and medical requirements imposed by the Health Ministry. This forced the patient to go to another hospital and a medical analysis later confirmed he was infected with coronavirus," a source was quoted as saying.
The Health Directorate has stressed that all health facilities must strictly follow the regulations and instructions and give the best in medical care to limit the spread of the disease.
Three men, including two expatriates, succumbed to MERS in the capital last Sunday, taking the death toll due to the contagion to 517 in the Kingdom.
Seven new cases of MERS were also reported in Riyadh, taking the total number of infections to 1,216 since the outbreak of the disease in the Kingdom in June 2012.
The health facilities in the capital have stepped up measures against the spread of the deadly virus. The MoH has launched an intensive awareness campaign to warn people of the hazards associated with the virus and to educate them about how transmission of the virus can be prevented.
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that can cause diseases ranging from the common cold to Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS).


Abdul-Mahdi: Relations between Iraq and GCC ‘must progress’

Updated 34 min 23 sec ago
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Abdul-Mahdi: Relations between Iraq and GCC ‘must progress’

  • Abdul-Mahdi and Al-Zayani discussed the development of relations between Iraq and GCC countries and issues of mutual interest
  • Abdul-Mahdi also attended the Saudi-Iraqi Business Forum, which included representatives from large Saudi companies

RIYADH: Relations between Iraq and the Gulf Cooperation Council are important and “must progress, ” Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi said on Thursday.
On the second day of his visit to Saudi Arabia, Abdul-Mahdi met with the secretary general of the GCC, Abdullatif bin Rashid Al-Zayani in Riyadh.
Abdul-Mahdi and Al-Zayani discussed the development of relations between Iraq and GCC countries and issues of mutual interest.
“Cooperation and economic relations must progress for the better,” Abdul-Mahdi said.

Saudi Arabia and Iraq have agreed to cooperate in security and intelligence matters, Iraqi Foreign Minister Mohammed Ali Al-Hakim told Al Arabiya television. 
Meanwhile, Abdul-Mahdi also attended the Saudi-Iraqi Business Forum, which included representatives from large Saudi companies.
He also inaugurated an exhibition on Wednesday called “Cities Destroyed by Terrorism” that is showing at the National Museum in Riyadh. The exhibition was organised by the Minister of Culture and the Arab World Institute in Paris.
The Iraqi prime minister arrived in Riyadh on Wednesday for a two-day visit to the Kingdom. He held talks with King Salman on relations between the two countries, and later met with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.


His visit to the Kingdom “symbolizes the Iraqi government's vision in aiming to bolster ties with the Kingdom in all fields,” the Iraqi prime minister said on Facebook.
The two countries signed 13 agreements and memorandums of understanding between their various ministries. The deals covered many areas including energy, education, culture and political consultation.