Saudis mourn loss of courageous nurse to COVID-19

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Updated 12 June 2020

Saudis mourn loss of courageous nurse to COVID-19

  • Nujood Al-Khaibari worked at Ohud Hospital in Madinah

JEDDAH: A Saudi nurse in the frontline of the battle against the coronavirus pandemic died on Tuesday after contracting the virus while working with patients.

Nujood Al-Khaibari, who worked at Ohud Hospital in Madinah, had tested positive for COVID-19 and later died of the virus.

The Saudi Nurses Association released a statement on Twitter paying their condolences to the nurse and her family.

“The Saudi Nurses Association management, subsidiaries and members offer our sincerest condolences to the family of nursing heroine Nujood Al-Khaibari,” the statement said.

Saudis expressed their grief on Twitter using the hashtag #Nurse_Nujood_AlKhaibari where they shared their prayers for the deceased and her family.

“Those who leave a trace upon others never leave, they’re forever with us. May Allah grant her mercy and may she find herself in Paradise,” said Shouq Al-Ali (@shouqalali).

Mohammed Al-Zara (@al_zara1) tweeted: “Nurse Nujood is one of our health heroines now. She passed away after giving so much to her country and people. She set an example of giving and not holding back with her hard work and sacrifice.”

“What she needs is for us to pray for her and others like her, our heroes in the health sector who are working so hard to combat the pandemic. May Allah have mercy on her soul and may he take her to heaven.”

@fahad_CR7 said: “Her sacrifice and the sacrifices of her colleagues should be more of an incentive for all of us to be careful and adhere to safety precautions. Thank you to our health heroes. We will not forget your efforts and your sacrifice for as long as we live.”

Some tweeps requested that nurses and doctors and others on the frontline of the pandemic ought to get the same treatment as fallen soldiers in the Kingdom, where their names are forever honored by the Ministry of Interior and their families are taken care of.


Saudi health minister promises to procure tested COVID-19 vaccine

Saudi Health Minister Tawfiq Al-Rabiah. (AP)
Updated 20 October 2020

Saudi health minister promises to procure tested COVID-19 vaccine

JEDDAH: Saudi Health Minister Tawfiq Al-Rabiah on Monday said the Kingdom will procure vaccine for the novel coronavirus once it is confirmed to be safe and effective.

He said research on the vaccine is underway in a number of countries and the Saudi health authorities are following the developments.
The number of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases continues to decline in the Kingdom with the recovery rate from the illness rising to 96 percent. The minister attributed the decline on the “commitment to health precautions.”
“I also thank my fellow health practitioners for their wonderful efforts,” Al-Rabiah said.
Commenting on the second and stronger wave of COVID-19 in some countries, he said it was due to a lack of “commitment to social distancing” and failure to wear masks and taking other precautions.
He ruled out any leniency on part of the government in its fight against the virus. The minister said it is necessary to abide by precautionary measures to keep the virus at bay.

FASTFACTS

• Saudi Arabia recorded 381 new infections on Monday.

• With 16 new fatalities, the virus-related death toll has risen to 5,201.

“We (all) are in one boat, and the failure of some affects everyone, so we must work together” to check the spread of the virus.
He also advised people who show COVID-19 symptoms to visit Tetamman (rest assured) clinics.
“Appointments can be made through the ministry’s Sehaty app, and anyone who has any questions or wants to consult a doctor can call 937,” the minister said.
Saudi Arabia recorded 381 new infections on Monday. The total number of COVID-19 cases has reached 348,583 since the beginning of the outbreak in the Kingdom.
The Health Ministry said 16 more people died due to complications caused by the virus raising the death toll to 5,201. The ministry also reported 357 new recoveries. The total number of recovered cases has now increased to 328,895.