Doctor jailed for botched circumcisions

Updated 18 June 2013

Doctor jailed for botched circumcisions

An ENT doctor has been sentenced to six months in prison and fined SR 100,000 for botching up circumcision operations on six children in a private clinic in Madinah, local media reported.
The ruling, issued by a health commission, included canceling the medical license of the doctor and banning him from practicing for life.
The parents of the affected children called the punishment light, saying it does not measure up to the damages inflicted on their children.
The ruling did not hold the clinic responsible in the case.
One of the children whose genital organ was damaged due to the circumcision operation will undergo catheterization. This would enable him to urinate as his urinary system was blocked after the operation.
Earlier, the Madinah Health Department closed down the clinic and imposed a fine of SR 100,000 on it for carrying out the incorrect medical procedures on the six children. A medical committee formed to this end was tasked to investigate the violations and accordingly issue the penalties.
The private clinic, meanwhile, has started accumulating debts it owes to a number of medical and service firms following its closure by the Madinah Health Department 12 days ago.
The clinic has reportedly enjoyed a good reputation in conducting circumcision operations under a doctor named Ammar who died several months ago. The clinic tried to exploit its popularity and assigned the ENT doctor to perform the operations.


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.