Saudi Health Minister ‘relieved of his post’

Saudi Health Minister Abdullah al-Rabeea gestures during a news conference in Riyadh, April 20, 2014. Saudi Arabia confirmed 20 new cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) on Saturday and Sunday.

Saudi Arabia’s Health Minister Abdullah al-Rabeeah was “relieved of his post” on Monday and appointed as advisor to the Royal Court. Meanwhile, Labor Minister Adel bin Mohammad Faqih was assigned to take over the health portfolio.

“A royal order announced here today that Dr. Abdullah bin Abdulaziz al-Rabeeah was relieved of his post as minister of health and was appointed as advisor at the Royal Court,” the SPA state news agency reported.

It added that Faqih, the minister of labor, “was assigned to act as minister of health besides continuing as the minister of labor.”

The kingdom reported on Sunday 13 new cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), a viral respiratory disease caused by a coronavirus known as MERS-CoV.

Al-Rabeeah on Sunday told a televised news conference that there was no medical reason to impose tighter precautionary measures to contain the spread of MERS, according to Reuters…

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Our last post on MERS is here.  Sounds like it is getting out of hand.