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Saudi deputy health minister fired

The Saudi government has sacked Deputy Health Minister, Ziad Memish, who has been criticised by some international scientists over his handling of the deadly MERS virus that has infected 575 people in the kingdom and spread around the world, Reuters has reported. “Acting Health Minister Adel Fakieh has issued a decision today to relieve Deputy Health Minister Doctor Ziad Memish from his position,” said the ministry on its website in Arabic. It did not elaborate. Memish is the second senior Saudi health official to lose his job in six weeks, after health minister Abdullah Al-Rabeeah was sacked when the rate of new infections started to rise rapidly in mid-April.