Mentally-ill have right to privacy, religion: MoH

Updated 30 December 2015

Mentally-ill have right to privacy, religion: MoH

RIYADH: An official document has revealed that mentally-ill patients in Saudi Arabia enjoy the freedom of religion besides acknowledgement and recognition as legal people before the law, with the rights to visitations, communication and privacy.
The document, issued by the Ministry of Health (MoH), warned against exploiting the mentally ill and their health situations for clinical or medication trials without their consent, except those patients who cannot give consent with full awareness.
In the latter case, any clinical or medication trials must be done after acquiring the approval of a special panel formed for this regard, a local publication reported.
The document stipulates that if a mentally-ill patient lives in a mental health institution or asylum his/her environment must be as close as possible to the normal and natural conditions of everyday life.
It also emphasizes that mental health institutions or asylums must contain facilities for entertainment activities, education and shopping that enable the patient to be involved in some activity. The patients should not be forced under any circumstances to work against their will.
The document confirms that some of the principles for the admission of the mentally ill to asylums include making all efforts possible to avoid admission against their will. It also says that the mentally-ill person admitted to an asylum against his will can leave at any time he/she chooses, unless the criteria to admit a patient to an asylum against his will applies in this case.
The document stresses that a person cannot be admitted to a mental health institution against his will nor can he/she be kept inside unless a qualified and legally licensed doctor in the field of mental health decides on the matter.
There are exceptions in the document concerning holding mentally-ill patients in asylums against their will: In such cases, a specialized doctor must confirm that the patient poses a hazard to his/her life or to others if left without treatment and medical care, and keeping him outside the mental institution might cause his health condition to deteriorate. A second doctor specializing in the mental health field must be consulted to confirm his mental condition.


Abdullah bin Mufreh Al-Dhayabi, president of Tabuk University

Updated 11 December 2019

Abdullah bin Mufreh Al-Dhayabi, president of Tabuk University

  • Al-Dhayabi began his academic career as a lecturer at KAU
  • Al-Dhayabi is a member of the higher committees for female colleges in the Kingdom

RIYADH: Dr. Abdullah bin Mufreh Al-Dhayabi has been the president of Tabuk University since October 2017.

Prior to that, he was the deputy head of educational affairs at King Abdul Aziz University (KAU) in Jeddah, where he served in the position for one year. 

He has also been the chairman of the promotion and job competition committee, as well as the safety committee, at Tabuk University since November 2012. 

Al-Dhayabi began his academic career as a lecturer at KAU, where he received his bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the College of Science. 

He later traveled abroad to pursue his higher education, earning his master’s degree in mathematics from the University of Missouri, US. He obtained his doctorate from the University of Birmingham, UK.

After that, he returned to the Kingdom and joined KAU as an assistant professor. He remained in that position from 2005 to 2010, then served as an associate professor between 2010 and 2014.

Al-Dhayabi is a member of the higher committees for female colleges in the Kingdom and the community colleges higher committee at the Ministry of Higher Education.

He congratulated King Salman on the release of the government’s annual budget for 2020.

“Approximately one-fifth of the budget is allocated to education, which reflects the leadership’s keenness to invest in the human element through education and training ... to open new horizons and job opportunities for Saudi youth and encourage them to invest in the diverse resources in the Kingdom,” Al-Dhayabi said.