A policeman wearing a protective face mask blcoks the road during a curfew imposed to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia April 2, 2020. Picture taken April 2, 2020. Image Credit: Reuters

Abu Dhabi: The Saudi Ministry of Health responded to a citizen’s request for a move permit to get his daughter treated in Prince Sultan City for Humanitarian Services, in Riyadh but she was flown by private plane a day earlier, Saudi media reported.

Al Hassan Al Khobrani demanded a permit that would allow him to move his 12-year-old daughter from the Asir region to Riyadh, citing travel difficulties and the distance, to be surprised by the response of the Ministry of Health, which sent a private plane to fly his daughter to the hospital.

“I did not expect this response in light of these circumstances and the busy state of the health sector, but this matter confirms our government’s care for citizens and its keenness to provide the best medical services,” Al Khobrani said.

He added, “My daughter has brain atrophy, and she had an urgent appointment for splints after an operation two months ago.

The father said he requested a move permit to go to the appointment, they were informed that she had special needs, and I sent medical reports. “Then the Ministry of Health contacted me a week ago to coordinate about the matter. One of the options I put forward was to postpone the date because I could not travel to Riyadh under the current circumstances and flights were suspended,” he said.

Al Khobrani said the ministry replied to me that it would send a private plane a day earlier to transport my child to the hospital, and they told me that the plane would also take us back to Asir after the medical review was completed.

A unified system for movement permits has been implemented across Saudi Arabia, for people excluded from the imposed curfew, starting April 21.