Saudi Arabia makes its first recruitment of an all-female paramedic team

In recent years, there have been a myriad of positive changes in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia giving women more rights in the country than ever before.

From women now being allowed to drive, travel without a guardian and appointing women to positions that had previously been reserved for men, such as Her Royal Highness Princess Reema bint Bandar being appointed the first female Saudi ambassador to the USA.

Back in September, a light was shined on one of the very first female ambulance drivers in the Kingdom, and now, two months on, a major hospital in the country’s capital has appointed its first all-female paramedics’ team.

The hospital in Riyadh, run by Dr. Sulaiman Al Habib Medical Group, announced the exciting news on Twitter, sharing a photo of the all-female team who will be specialising in emergency departments in Saudi Arabia.

“In an unprecedented qualitative step, Dr. Sulaiman Al Habib Medical Group has recruited Saudi paramedics at the first female field medical team specialised in emergency departments, as they will work alongside the Rapid Response Team (RRT) to provide emergency services for emergency cases and transport patients through ambulances around the clock, under the supervision of the Tele Emergency Center (TEC) for the emergency departments of the group,” the medical group said in a statement.

The changes are part of the many initiatives under Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s Vision 2030 scheme, an ambitious post-oil economic plan, which has a major focus on women’s rights in the Kingdom.

Just three months after he stepped into the role in 2017, the Crown Prince unveiled in a royal decree, women would be able to secure driving licenses from June 2018 and he has gone on to do much more.

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