DiplomaticQuarter: Saudi student a ‘true hero’ for river rescue: Australian ambassador

Australian Ambassador Ridwaan Jadwat meets Saudi student Ahmed Al-Mohaimeed who risked his life to save a stranger from drowning. (Supplied)
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Updated 24 September 2020

DiplomaticQuarter: Saudi student a ‘true hero’ for river rescue: Australian ambassador

RIYADH: Australian Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Ridwaan Jadwat has hailed as a “true hero” a student from the Kingdom who risked his life to save a stranger from drowning.
Jadwat said he had been “delighted” to welcome Ahmed Al-Mohaimeed to the Australian Embassy in Riyadh to congratulate him on the courageous act.
“Ahmed received an Australian Bravery Award for his heroism in January 2018, when he jumped into the Yarra River (in Victoria) and rescued a man who was drowning. Ahmed is a true hero,” the envoy tweeted.
Al-Mohaimeed had been studying for a master’s degree in accounting at Monash University in Melbourne when the incident took place.
In another tweet on Aug. 28, Jadwat said: “Thrilled to hear about Saudi student Ahmed Al-Mohaimeed’s receipt of an Australian Bravery Award. We salute him for his courage.”
Speaking to Australia’s 9News about the dramatic rescue, Al-Mohaimeed, who is in his 20s, said: “I didn’t think so much about myself. I would do it again.”
After gaining his degree, Al-Mohaimeed returned to the Kingdom, and last month spoke to Saudi media about his bravery award.
“What I have done constitutes part of the morals and principles of Saudi society. I felt proud when I received a written approval from the governor general of Australia to award me the Australian Medal of Courage. God willing, I will receive the medal after the end of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic,” he said.
The Saudi Arabian Cultural Mission in Australia has also honored Al-Mohaimeed for
the river rescue.
 


Saudi health minister promises to procure tested COVID-19 vaccine

Saudi Health Minister Tawfiq Al-Rabiah. (AP)
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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.

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• 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.