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Special needs Saudis to be treated at govt expense

Saudi special needs patients will be treated at the expense of the government at national rehabilitation centers,

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Saudi special needs patients will be treated at the expense of the government at national rehabilitation centers, according to the directives issued by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah on Sunday.

Disclosing this, Prince Sultan Bin Salman, President of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Prince Salman Center for Disability Research, said the Ministry of Social Affairs will bear the treatment expenses.

Meanwhile, the Secretary General of the Prince Salman Prize for Disability Research Dr. Nasser Ali Al-Mousa said Dr. Fouzan al-Krai, a Saudi citizen, has won the prize for health and medical sciences in appreciation for his distinctive research in the medical and health sciences field related to disability.

The education sciences prize went to Allen Turnbull and H. Turnbull, both American nationals, for their distinctive research in the field of education sciences related to disability, while the prize for rehabilitation and social sciences related to disability went to another American, D. Huayum H.

Each winner will be given a certificate and a citation on the work that qualified him for the prize. In addition they’ll be awarded an appreciation medal and cash.

Meanwhile, during the launching and visit to the exhibition accompanying the International Disability Conference Sunday, Prince Sultan Bin Salman, President of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA) and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Prince Salman Center for Disability Research, said the patronage of the conference by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah is a clear evidence that the Kingdom is concerned about the affairs of disabled people.

He said the inauguration of the conference by Crown Prince Salman, Deputy Premier and Minister of Defense, on behalf of King Abdullah is an honor. Prince Sultan said 6,000 participated in the conference even though 2,000 were expected.

The first and second sessions of the conference took place Sunday. Speakers in the first session included chairman of the Human Rights Commission Dr. Bandar al-Aiban, who spoke about the international laws and legislations in the field of disability.

Dr. Vladimir Cook spoke about the rights of people with disability within the UN. Other speakers in the first session included Dr. Muhsin Al-Hazmi, Chairman of the organizing committee for the conference and secretary general of the conference; and Dr. Tal’at Al-Waznah, Director of Medical Services in the Ministry of Social Affairs, among others.

Speakers in the second session included Chairwoman of the Arab Institution for Human Rights Dr. Raja Al-Mas’abi and member of the international organization for the disabled Dr. Ahmed Ghanim, among others.

This article was first published in the Saudi Gazette, Oct. 20, 2014.