HRC chief lauds King's order on free treatment of corona

Dr. Awwad Bin Saleh Al-Awwad

Saudi Gazette report

The President of the Human Rights Commission, Dr. Awwad Bin Saleh Al-Awwad on Monday lauded Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman's royal order guaranteeing free medical treatment for coronavirus to all citizens, expatriates and illegal residents in all public and private health facilities.

“This reflects the human and moral approach the Kingdom is adopting in dealing with this pandemic,” he said, adding that Saudi Arabia “is keen to ensure that patients receive the necessary treatment according to the highest medical standards without discrimination.”

He added: “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.”

This move, he said, clearly reflects the Kingdom's approach based on respecting and promoting human rights on the ground.

“This shows that the most valuable asset for Saudi Arabia is the human being, thereby guaranteeing a decent and healthy living, the foremost right of everyone.”