Marriage bliss evades Saudi nurses

In this file photo, nurses walk in the emergency department at a Hospital in Makkah, Saudi Arabia. (Reuters)
Updated 19 May 2016

Marriage bliss evades Saudi nurses

JEDDAH: Saudi nurses are complaining that there is little support for them in the workplace and that they still face opposition from fellow citizens for taking up the profession.
While they recognize it is a noble profession, much of Saudi society needs to be convinced of this fact. Many single nurses said they do not get marriage proposals, while those married are often threatened with divorce, a media report said.
They said that they are working long hours, often at night. Some have called on the Health Ministry to hire expatriate nurses.
According to recent statistics, only 30 percent of nurses are citizens. In addition, only 3 percent have bachelor’s degrees and 97 percent diplomas, while internationally 70 percent of nurses have degrees and the rest diplomas.
The report stated that some people believe Saudi nurses are more interested in their appearance and mobile phones, rather than caring for patients. They are also not as competent as foreigners, the report stated.
However, several Saudi nurses said that they are often kept from gaining experience by expatriates who are afraid of being replaced. They are often assigned only simple tasks, they said.


Saudi Arabia welcomes Egypt’s new initiative for Libya

Updated 42 min 24 sec ago

Saudi Arabia welcomes Egypt’s new initiative for Libya

  • The Kingdom urged both the LNA and the GNA to implement a cease-fire immediately
  • Saudi Arabia also urged both to start negotiating under the auspices of the UN in order to establish safety in Libya

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia welcomed Egypt’s new initiative for Libya and president Abdel Fattah El-Sisi’s call for a cease-fire in the country on Saturday.
The Kingdom also welcomed all international efforts aiming to stop the fighting in Libya and encouraged negotiations based on the initiative, called the “Cairo declaration,” and recommendations made at the Geneva and Berlin conferences on Libya.
The Kingdom urged both eastern commander Khalifa Haftar’s Libyan National Army (LNA) and the rival Government of National Accord (GNA) to implement a cease-fire immediately.
Saudi Arabia also urged both to start negotiating under the auspices of the UN in order to establish safety and security in Libya and protect it from foreign interference.