Via Arab News, a May 22 report: Govt eyes foreign specialists to deal with MERS cases. At the moment, 10,000 Saudi rials = US$2,666. Excerpt:
The Ministry of Health plans to recruit 304 specialized doctors and nurses to help tackle the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) outbreak in the country.
The ministry has asked an international recruitment company to provide the medical staff to take care of MERS patients, according to a source in the ministry's department dealing with specialists.
The ministry would pay SR60,000 a month to specialized doctors, SR45,000 to residents and SR33,000 to technical nurses, the source reportedly said recently.
The source said the ministry sent a letter to the company authorizing it to start searching for staff. He said these new recruits would earn much less than specialist Saudi health practitioners.
The letter stipulated that doctors and consultants who care for children and elderly people, deal with infectious diseases, and are cardiology and emergency specialists, would get SR2,000 a day, which is SR60,000 a month.
Residents working in intensive care units with children and elderly people and emergency doctors would get SR1,500 a day, which is SR45,000 a month. Nurses dealing with cardiac perfusion, respiratory systems and emergency patients would get SR33,000 a month.
Meanwhile, Abdulghani Al-Maliki, director of the pilgrims' center at the airport, said the center has not encountered anyone suffering from an infectious disease since the beginning of the year.