Saudi ambassador denies claims embassy rejected AIDS patients

April 24, 2010

Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to Bahrain has denied reports that his embassy had refused to assist Saudi citizens who had Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS).

“The reports disseminated by Internet sites about the Saudi embassy refusing to help Saudis are not true and lack credibility,” Abdul Mohsin Al Mark said. “These allegations are pure fiction. People who need medical help usually go to hospitals and not to embassies,” he was quoted as saying by Saudi daily Al Yawm.

Internet sites last week claimed that the Saudi nationals were reprimanded and harshly criticized by their embassy in Manama for contracting AIDS and told to go home. However, the patients, according to the reports, aid that they preferred to remain in Bahrain.

Saudis who contract the virus are given assistance in the kingdom’s hospitals. However, social misconceptions and stigma have often resulted in patients being ostracized and in institutions, such as schools and hospitals, not providing information about AIDS.


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Born August 3, 1960 in Monastir, Tunisia
Media career:
  • ABC News (Tunisia)
  • Bahrain Tribune
  • Gulf News
  • Bahrain Television News
Teaching career:
  • Monastir (Tunisia)
  • University of Bahrain
  • MA  Mass Communications, University of Leicester
  • BA  in English & US literature and studies, University of Tunis

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