JEDDAH: A Saudi nurse in the frontline of the battle against the coronavirus pandemic died on Tuesday after contracting the virus while working with patients.
Nujood Al-Khaibari, who worked at Ohud Hospital in Madinah, had tested positive for COVID-19 and later died of the virus.
The Saudi Nurses Association released a statement on Twitter paying their condolences to the nurse and her family.
“The Saudi Nurses Association management, subsidiaries and members offer our sincerest condolences to the family of nursing heroine Nujood Al-Khaibari,” the statement said.
Saudis expressed their grief on Twitter using the hashtag #Nurse_Nujood_AlKhaibari where they shared their prayers for the deceased and her family.
“Those who leave a trace upon others never leave, they’re forever with us. May Allah grant her mercy and may she find herself in Paradise,” said Shouq Al-Ali (@shouqalali).
Mohammed Al-Zara (@al_zara1) tweeted: “Nurse Nujood is one of our health heroines now. She passed away after giving so much to her country and people. She set an example of giving and not holding back with her hard work and sacrifice.”
“What she needs is for us to pray for her and others like her, our heroes in the health sector who are working so hard to combat the pandemic. May Allah have mercy on her soul and may he take her to heaven.”
@fahad_CR7 said: “Her sacrifice and the sacrifices of her colleagues should be more of an incentive for all of us to be careful and adhere to safety precautions. Thank you to our health heroes. We will not forget your efforts and your sacrifice for as long as we live.”
Some tweeps requested that nurses and doctors and others on the frontline of the pandemic ought to get the same treatment as fallen soldiers in the Kingdom, where their names are forever honored by the Ministry of Interior and their families are taken care of.