His Royal Majesty, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia has ordered free treatment be provided to all coronavirus patients in all government and private health facilities in Saudi Arabia as a kind gesture to identify victims of coronavirus for effective treatment and precautionary measures.
Dr. Tawfiq bin Fawzan Al-Rabiah, the Health minister revealed the king’s order at a press conference in Riyadh on Monday and said it included citizens and residents – even illegal immigrants who have violated residency law.
The Health Minister said the order was borne out of the king’s kindness for the health and safety of everyone in the Kingdom citizens and residents.
The number of confirmed coronavirus cases is currently at 1,453 on Monday, with 8 confirmed deaths and 115 recoveries.
The president of the Saudi Human Rights Commission, Awwad bin Saleh Al-Awwad, appreciated King’s humane directive.
He said: “This reflects the human and moral approach the Kingdom is adopting in dealing with this pandemic.
He further added that the Kingdom is keen to ensure that patients receive the necessary treatment according to the highest medical standards without discrimination.
“This gives the most striking example in preserving human rights and dignity as everyone, whether citizen or resident, should enjoy health and safety, including violators of the residency system.”
Africa, especially South Africa has a lesson to learn from this against the backdrop of the xenophobic tendencies of the Minister of Small Businesses who ordered police to close the spaza shops of foreign nationals in Port Elizabeth.
Globally, this is the time to learn kind and responsible behaviour as we combat the deadly pandemic – Covid-19.