Clinic shut down for botched circumcisions

Updated 07 June 2013

Clinic shut down for botched circumcisions

The Madinah Health Department has closed down a private clinic and imposed a fine for performing medically incorrect circumcision procedures on 47 children.
Abdullah bin Ali Al-Taifi, the general director of Health Affairs in Madinah, said the medical committee that was tasked with investigating the violations issued three orders. In the first instance, the clinical facility was shut down.
In addition, a fine of SR 100,000 was slapped on the clinic and the doctor responsible for performing the procedures was banned from work and traveling abroad pending investigation. They have the right to object or appeal against the department’s decision within 60 days of the notification.
Citizens and residents of Madinah were outraged to learn that an otolaryngologist specialized in ear, nose and throat working at a private medical center conducted circumcision procedures without prior experience.
Fahad Khsheim, director of medical licenses at the Madinah Health Directorate, announced later that only surgeons qualified to perform circumcisions would be allowed to do that.


The Hajjana: heritage of Saudi Arabia’s camel riding border patrol honored

Updated 30 October 2020

The Hajjana: heritage of Saudi Arabia’s camel riding border patrol honored

The Hajjana — fearless camel riders who patrolled the Kingdom’s borders — helped pave the way for the establishment of the modern Saudi state.
Their story goes back almost 90 years when a Hajjana border patrol was established during the reign of King Abdul Aziz in 1933.
After the Kingdom’s founder reclaimed Al-Ahsa, he ordered sea and land patrols to be carried out to tighten security in the region’s border areas.
Patrols were led by camel riders, so a military sector was formed at that time known as Hajjana. Its name was derived from their means of transport — camels.
Now, nine decades later, the Camel Club has established the Royal Hajjana to commemorate the group’s distinguished cultural heritage.
Since its creation in April, the Royal Hajjana has been preparing to take part in official reception ceremonies for King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s guests as well as national festivals sponsored by the king and crown prince.
It will also perform in Saudi heritage shows and represent the Kingdom in local and international camel festivals.
Hajjana officers became famous throughout the country after acquiring their name from the “hejin,” or camel. They protected the Kingdom’s residents from the south of the Empty Quarter to north of the Nafud Desert.
One of the founding king’s priorities was to provide security and protect the nation’s borders, so the Border Guard was among the first military sectors created.
The Coast Guard’s budget also included allocations for Hajjana officers, known as the Hajjana patrol commanders, whose role was part of the Frontier Corps.
Patrols continued to operate in southern regions until recently. However, the memory of the Hajjana remains fresh in the minds of the Kingdom’s border guards.