Madinah emir honors OFW nurse who was stabbed by a Saudi national

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  • The Pinoy nurse who was stabbed by a local man in Saudi receives honor from the Emir of Madinah
  • The victim is now in safe and stable condition after being hospitalized
  • The hospital also has increased the number of its security personnel following the incident

The overseas Filipino worker (OFW) nurse who was repeatedly stabbed by a Saudi national in a horrifying attack inside the hospital last month has been honored by Emir of Madinah, Prince Faisal Bin Salman.

The OFW, later identified as Rolando Mina, received a gift from Dr. Abdulhameed Al-Sobahi, health affairs director, according to a Saudi Gazette story on Wednesday, June 6.

“Prince Faisal has been following up the case of the Filipino nurse and always inquired about his health condition. I visited the nurse twice at the emir’s request,” the newspaper quoted Al-Sobahi as saying.

Mina, a 29-year-old emergency room nurse from Caloocan City, sustained several stab wounds to his arms after a local man attacked him with a knife inside the nurse station in May. The whole incident was caught in the hospital’s security camera; copies of which have gone viral on social media.

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In an interview with GMA News, Mina said he could not remember the last time he encountered the Saudi national but reports that have reached him said the suspect allegedly became angry after he refused to give the suspect some medicine.

The Filipino nurse was hospitalized and is now in safe condition while the unnamed suspect is believed to have been arrested and jailed.

Meanwhile, Ala Mofti, Madinah Health Affairs’ director of compliance said no less than the Emir’s Office followed up on the case to show that the incident is of “great importance to the health of all healthcare professionals”.

Also, the hospital has since increased the number of its security officers and who have been undergoing “intensive training” to teach them on how to deal with similar situations.