Thanks to Lucie Lecomte for sending the link to this Arab News item, Saudi Press Roundup:
MERS and the ministry
The increasing number of MERS cases in the Kingdom indicates not the strength of the deadly virus but the weakness of the ministry in handling the infectious disease in an effective and professional manner.
MERS was discovered in the Kingdom two years ago and there was adequate time to conduct research about the disease and create public awareness on taking necessary precautions. The ministry terminated the contract of the expert who discovered the virus and did not inform the public about the need to take precautions against it.
Many of the victims who contracted the virus were health workers and this again shows the lack of infectious disease control measures and procedures inside public hospitals.
A number of experts including Dr. Abdullah Al-Huqail, head of infectious diseases at King Faisal Specialist Hospital said the ministry’s decision to hide the facts about Coronavirus delayed efforts to create public awareness on the disease.
The newly appointed health minister did the right thing when he instructed the ministry to publish the number of deaths and infections every day with transparency. The new minister’s success in handling the crisis proves that it was an organizational problem rather than a health crisis.
— By Dr. Ziyad bin Abdul Aziz Al-Asheikh
By comparison with the previous minister, Adel Faqih looks more competent. But his daily case reports have stopped supplying information about cases among healthcare workers, and we still have little or no information about many details: dates of testing, relationships of contact cases, origin of cases inside or outside hospitals, and so on.