Via Arab News, a report posted sometime Wednesday before the MOH published its second announcement of the day on cases: MERS-stricken hospital gets new managers; death toll now at 117. This is the passage of interest:
Fakieh said on Twitter late Tuesday that he had sacked the head of King Fahd Hospital and named Dr. Emad Al-Jahdali as the new director-general and Dr. Hani Jahdar and Dr. Mohammed Qaroot as assistant directors-general.
Al-Jahdali is an Occupational and Environmental Medicine Consultant physician with a Canadian Medical Residency training degree from University of Alberta / Edmonton/ Canada, Fellow of both the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and the American College of Occupational and Environmental medicine.
He has more than 21 years of extensive hands on experience in various clinical, administrative, and executive leadership roles, including his tenures at Saudi Aramco, King Abdullah University for Science & Technology and the International Medical Center (IMC).
The Jeddah hospital was temporarily shut last month after several health workers were infected by MERS. The panic that followed prompted at least four doctors to resign in mid-April after they refused to treat MERS patients for fear of infection.
Fakeih has reiterated his commitment to offer the best health services to the people in the Kingdom and assured that health care services would be delivered promptly to those who seek medical assistance from his ministry hospitals.
As a Canadian I'm proud to see one of our grads taking on such a responsible position. But the previous health minister is also a U of A grad, and that wasn't a guarantee of success. Still, it's interesting that Faqih is promoting the international credentials of his new people.