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by Ahmad Rashid Ahmad
Plz post all the news regarding health sector here instead of posting in "SAUDI ARABIA l Uncategorized Projects" thread...
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  • Plan to set up 121 new hospitals

    The Health Ministry intends to establish 121 hospitals and renovate 66 hospitals in various parts of the Kingdom during the next five years, said Dr. Muhammad Khasheem, deputy minister for planning and development.

    He said the ministry’s quality development program would begin from its staff. “We want to improve the standard of our workers in order to provide better services,” he said. He disclosed plans to establish a new research center north of Riyadh.

    Khasheem made this statement while opening a quality training program for staff of laboratories. Employees of 166 laboratories from different parts of the Kingdom took part in the program, which was held in Riyadh.

    Ibrahim Al-Omar, director general of laboratories and blood banks at the ministry, emphasized the need for developing a culture of quality in health service.
    - Ahmad Rashid Ahmad, 3 years ago
  • Health Ministry strikes SR13m deal for electronic services in insurance sector

    The Ministry of Health signed a SR13-million deal with a UK-based company on Tuesday to implement a system for the exchange of electronic services for the health insurance scheme in the Kingdom.

    The agreement was inked between Health Minister Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah, chairman of the Cooperative Health Insurance Council, and Godefroy de Bentzmann, co-chairman of the management board and chief executive officer of Devoteam based in the United Kingdom.

    “The new online scheme would help the insurance companies and the health service providers to communicate with each other in an efficient, effective and quick manner,” Al- Rabeeah said.

    Under the new electronic program, the services offered would include registration and verification of the accuracy and legitimacy of insurance cards issued to the policy holders, provide a comprehensive database of all operations of the health insurance sector executing on the system.

    “Payment of claims and approval for medical treatment by the insurance companies could be received by the policy holder at the touch of a button,” the minister said.

    Devoteam UK is part of the Devoteam Group, headquartered in France. The group is Europe’s number one information and communication technologies consulting company.

    Devoteam UK provides a comprehensive range of innovative service management, telecommunications and security management solutions, combining industry leading software applications with its specialist consultancy and support.

    Combining consulting and technology solutions enables Devoteam to provide its customers with independent advice and solutions to align their information system’s infrastructure with operational objectives.

    The group had a 2009 turnover of 460 million euros. With over 4,450 employees across 23 countries, Devoteam has both the scope and experience to deliver world class service management solutions and services.
    - Ahmad Rashid Ahmad, 3 years ago
  • 60% of health projects said to be faltering

    About 60 percent of health projects are faltering, despite the SR16 billion in financial aid the government gave to the Ministry of Health, in addition to addition to its budget, said Dr. Mohsen Al-Hazmi, deputy chairman of the Health Committee at the Shoura Council.

    There is a great need for more hospitals throughout the Kingdom’s regions and demand for health services will continue although 20 new hospitals with a total capacity of 1,836 beds were opened in 2009 and 2010, Dr. Hazmi said.
    Starting construction of the King Abdullah Oncology Center is a step in the right direction, he added.

    Official statistics showed that 12,000 cases of cancer were reported last year in the Kingdom and that half of those people with the disease were admitted to hospitals. King Faisal Specialist Hospital in Riyadh is looking after 3,000 of these cases.

    Dr. Al-Hazmi said the Shoura Council is studying a new organizational structure for the organ-transplant centers and that he will approve it when deliberations are complete.
    - Ahmad Rashid Ahmad, 3 years ago
  • Kingdom has 2.15 hospital beds for every 1,000 citizens: Ministry

    The Ministry of Health has said every 1,000 citizens in the Kingdom have an average of 2.15 hospital beds.

    There are 34,580 beds in the Kingdom, which include 4,120 beds in 33 new hospitals the ministry has added since 2009. The ministry also expects to add 32 more hospitals with 5,000 beds over the next two years, according to a ministry statement carried by the Saudi Press Agency.

    The ministry opened 671 new health centers and will open 207 centers shortly, the statement said. There are 2,077 health centers in the Kingdom. Over the past three years 450 primary health centers have been renovated and modernized as part of a national project for the comprehensive and integrated health care.

    The report also made it clear that there was no shortage of medicines in the ministry’s hospitals as the ministry allocated SR3.75 billion for medicines alone in 2011.

    The ministry appointed 18,000 doctors and nurses last year and 4,500 doctors in the past six months. The statement added that 1,000 consultant doctors from various countries offered their services in hospitals in different parts of the Kingdom as part of a visiting doctors program.

    Regarding the updating of technology the report said the ministry annually allocated SR500 million to replace old medical equipment with the most advanced devices and SR200 million was spent to modernize non-medical equipment.

    The ministry bought 600 new ambulances in the past two years and 300 more will be added shortly, the report said. The total number of new ambulances will raise to 1,275 in the year.

    The ministry strives to offer medical services in line with international standards. As a result, 21 hospitals have received the CBAHI (Central Board of Accreditation for Healthcare Institutions) certification. They are also striving to obtain the JCI (Joint Commission International) accreditation.

    The ministry, which has launched emergency administration in all provinces, has a round-the-clock emergency management center in the ministry.

    The ministry also meets the expenses of emergency patients who do not get beds in the ministry's hospitals for treatment in private hospitals. Last year, the ministry spent SR200 million for that purpose.

    The statement added that 700 officials have been appointed to strengthen patient relations and remove obstacles faced by patients in getting proper hospital care.

    There are also programs to monitor medical errors in order to ensure patient safety.

    As part of the attempt to implement the national project for integrated comprehensive health care, the ministry strengthened its organizational system with an executive council at the ministry headquarters and subcommittees in all provincial directorates, the statement said.
    - Ahmad Rashid Ahmad, 3 years ago
  • Many small polyclinics under threat of closure (http://www.saudigazette.com.sa/index.cfm?method=home.regcon&contentID=20110717105393)
    By Shahid Ali Khan and Joe Avancena

    Saudi Gazette (http://www.saudigazette.com.sa/index.cfm?method=home.regcon&contentID=20110717105393) Nitaqat scare

    11,000 polyclinics and medical centers in Saudi Arabia

    220,000 employees, 90% of them non-Saudis, work in polyclinics

    Zero to five percent Saudization at most small and medium-category polyclinics

    Health care providers have to achieve a minimum of 25 to 30 percent Saudization

    RIYADH/DAMMAM – At least 10 percent of polyclinics solely run and managed by foreign nationals face closure because they are finding it difficult to achieve the required percentage of Saudization under the Nitaqat system, according to sources.

    Medical dispensaries and private medical clinics are mostly in Nitaqat’s red zone. They need to implement the Nitaqat requirement if they wish to continue in business, an official of the Ministry of Labor in Dammam said.
    “Most of these health establishments are managed and run by expatriates, although they are owned by Saudis. Ninety percent of the staff in polyclinics are non-Saudis,” the labor official told the Saudi Gazette.

    There are about 11,000 small, medium and large polyclinics in Saudi Arabia, employing 220,000 medical and para-medical staff.

    According to sources, health care providers have to achieve a minimum of 25 to 30 percent Saudization.

    Polyclinics and dispensaries in the yellow zone will be given a nine-month grace period and those in the red zone have six months to improve their status by hiring more Saudis.

    At present, there is zero to five percent Saudization at most small and medium-category polyclinics.

    “Recruitment of trained Saudi staff has been a challenge for us,” said a manager of a polyclinic in Riyadh.

    The medical director of a polyclinic in Ibn Khaldoun in Dammam told the Saudi Gazette that they are finding it difficult to follow the Nitaqat rule.

    “It would be very expensive to hire Saudi nurses or medical workers. Our nurses from India and the Philippines are paid much less than those working in public hospitals.”

    He said another issue is the unwillingness of Saudi medical graduates to work in polyclinics and small dispensaries. “All the young Saudis who finish diploma or bachelor degree courses in medical health prefer to work in government health institutions,” he said.

    Nasir Asiri, a Saudi Administration Manager at a polyclinic, said two Saudis whom he recently recruited quit to work with the government sector.

    Occupations reserved for Saudis at polyclinics and other health care providers include front desk jobs, such as receptionists, record keepers, and medical record keepers and in the technical field, x-ray and laboratory technicians. __
    - @dark spirit, 3 years ago
  • Health Ministry to step up anti-smoking campaign during Ramadan (http://arabnews.com/saudiarabia/article476439.ece)

    By MD RASOOLDEEN | ARAB NEWS
    Published: Jul 23, 2011 00:44 Updated: Jul 23, 2011 00:44


    RIYADH: The Ministry of Health will launch a nationwide anti-smoking campaign during Ramadan.

    “Ramadan is the ideal month to quit smoking,” said Jamal Abdullah Basahi of the Tobacco Control Department at the Ministry of Health.

    Basahi told Arab news on Friday the campaign will take place through the media and that brochures will be distributed in mosques. He also said the ministry would focus on Jeddah for a campaign against sheesha.

    Ramadan creates a conducive environment for smokers to quit because Muslims, adhering to the rules of the fasting month, must abstain from eating, drinking and smoking during daylight hours anyway, making it easier to continue “cold turkey” on the tobacco at night. “The hand that touches the Holy Qur’an during the month would definitely refuse to touch tobacco,” said Basahi.

    The official said those interested to give up smoking can avail themselves of the facilities and expertise available at the 55 anti-smoking clinics throughout the Kingdom. The clinics will remain open daily from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m during the month of Ramadan. There are six such clinics in Riyadh, including one exclusively for women.

    Seven million people in Saudi Arabia smoke, including about nearly 1.1 million women, according to the Makkah-based Khair anti-smoking group. The study also says people in Saudi Arabia consume 40,000 tons of tobacco worth SR12 billion annually. It said students account for about one in four smokers.

    The World Health Organization estimates that up to a billion people will die worldwide this century from smoking. A person dies from the ill effects of smoking once every 15 minutes, according to the WHO.
    - @dark spirit, 3 years ago
  • Major expansion of Jeddah medical centre planned

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    A major expansion project of the King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre (KFSH&RC) in Jeddah has been announced.

    The goal of the expansion is to position KFSH&RC-Jeddah as the pre-eminent regional specialist hospital, said a statement.

    This program will expand and enhance patient care in the areas of pediatrics, cardiology, oncology, neuro-sciences and clinical research.

    The expansion will increase the bed count at the centre to approximately 850 and will consist of an interconnected campus of:

    • Hospital/ research and academic affairs centre: This is the major component of the expansion program, and comprises two patient towers (15 and 18-storey structures); a 24-storey research and academic affairs centre and a 6-storey diagnostic and treatment podium. Services included within this facility are pediatric, cardiology, neuro-sciences, clinical research, diagnostic imaging and pathology centres; 30 operating theatres, 150 intensive care units, outpatient clinics and emergency treatment facilities.
    • Oncology centre: This 25,000 sq m facility will provide full radiation therapy, infusion therapy and in-patient treatment in an 8-storey tower.
    • Central utility plant/parking: This 65,000 sq m facility will provide all fundamental heating, cooling, sewage treatment, water purification, emergency power services for the entire campus. This building also provides structured parking for over 1,000 cars.
    • Medical support/ logistics building: This 25,000 sq m facility houses all of the requisite support services for the campus, including materials management, loading docks. laundry, kitchen and administrative operations for the hospital.
    • Site development: Total site development will generally provide for access streets, street modifications, site improvements, landscaping and the relocation of existing utilities for a total campus area of approximately 350,000 sq m.

    Vanir Construction Management, on behalf of the King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre, has invited expressions of interest from qualified contractors for the works.

    Expressions of interest will be accepted up to the bid announcement, anticipated to be August 3, 2011.
    - Ahmad Rashid Ahmad, 2 years ago
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    MOH to set up lab to combat vector-borne diseases in Jazan

    By MD RASOOLDEEN | ARAB NEWS
    Published: Jul 31, 2011 22:07
    Updated: Jul 31, 2011 22:07

    RIYADH: The Kingdom is to set up a state-of-the art laboratory in Jazan to combat vector-borne diseases, according to an announcement by the Ministry of Health on Sunday.

    The decision follows the maiden board meeting of the National Center for Vector Borne Diseases held under the chairmanship of Health Minister Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah.

    Vector-borne diseases are illnesses caused by an infectious microbe that is transmitted to people by blood-sucking arthropods.

    The arthropods that most commonly serve as vectors include blood sucking insects such as mosquitos, fleas, lice, flies, bugs and blood sucking arachnids including mites and ticks.

    Liverpool University professor Dr. Janet Hemingway, who is also director of the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, was also present at the meeting held in Riyadh on Saturday.

    In April, the Ministry of Health, the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine and the Innovative Vector Control Consortium (IVCC) launched a new venture to increase the global ability to control major infectious diseases such as malaria and dengue.

    With $5.5 million as seed funding from the Kingdom, the three organizations established a joint research center with the mission of improving health through cutting edge research that will result in the development and delivery of innovative ways to control, monitor and evaluate insect borne diseases that are a major threat in the Gulf region and around the world.

    "As part of a larger effort to build national and regional capacity in science and technology, it was decided to set up this center in Jazan, which is a breeding point for some tropical diseases," Health Ministry spokesman Dr. Khalid Al-Mirghalani said.

    Besides the laboratory in Jazan, the spokesman said the board also decided to establish six research projects to monitor and control vector-borne diseases such as rift valley fever, malaria and dengue. The study will focus especially on the sensitivity of mosquitos to insecticides, the most effective way to use a spray without adversely affecting the environment, the response to anti-viruses and an integrated study of malaria and its complications, methods and modern methods to strengthen surveillance.

    He said the proposed laboratory will be fully furnished with the latest equipment and manned by trained local and international staff.

    This is the first center of its kind in the Middle East and aims to respond to the needs of the Kingdom in the reduction or elimination of various vector-borne diseases. In addition to improving the health situation in the Kingdom and the region, he said the center would also establish a national registry of tropical diseases.

    According to Hemingway, the Joint Center will rapidly establish an international standard research portfolio by utilizing the strengths in Liverpool and from within the IVCC consortium to seed the joint center and making provisions for capacity development at PhD, master’s and short course level to expand the cadre of qualified staff that the center can draw on.

    “This center will not only be a research institute of the highest international standard, it will push forward the frontiers of science in order to make an important contribution to global health.”

    The first phase has started with the recruitment and training of professional staff and development of a cutting-edge laboratory facility in Jazan. The first major joint project will be to develop an Arabic version of the Malaria Decision Support System for the Arab speaking world.

    The majority of the center’s activity will focus on conducting high quality translational research in vector-borne disease control to generate new control tools, diagnostics and IT systems relevant to the national and regional programs. With a special focus on malaria and dengue, operational research that optimizes prevention and treatment methods will also be a priority.

    The Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine is the world’s oldest tropical medicine research Institute and a world leader in translational research in the health and life sciences. The IVCC was established in 2005, with an initial large-scale award from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation aiming to stimulate translational research between academia and industry to develop new products for insect borne disease control.
    - @dark spirit, a year ago
  • Health Ministry buying 300 new ambulances

    The Ministry of Health signed an agreement on Tuesday for the purchase of 300 fully equipped ambulances for various hospitals in the Kingdom.

    "The ministry is purchasing 300 ambulances for the third consecutive year, which would benefit patients and help medics reach those who need aid quickly," Deputy Health Minister for Executive Affairs Mansour Al-Hawasi said.

    He added that the new fleet would cost SR73.19 million, while the 600 ambulances bought during the past two years had cost the government around SR121 million.

    He said the ambulances would be distributed among hospitals and clinics based on need.

    Al- Hawasi also explained that the ambulance service is considered one of the pillars of an integrated health system in the Kingdom.

    "It helps the transfer of patients from one facility to another to ensure continuous treatment for them. The new ambulances are fully equipped with the state-of-the art facilities for patients in need of emergency treatment. We maintain international medical standards for all these vehicles to ensure the best health care for the people," the deputy minister said.

    "We are developing all these facilities under the guidance of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah to ensure proper health care in every part of the Kingdom," Al-Hawasi noted.

    The deputy minister also signed two more contracts with local companies worth a total of SR129.42 million to commence new health projects in the Kingdom.

    The projects included a staff compound at King Fahd Hospital in Tabuk for SR77.74 million and replacing old elevators with new ones in some hospitals for SR51.68 million.
    - Ahmad Rashid Ahmad, a year ago
  • Makkah’s 500-bed hospital will be opened next year

    By MUHAMMAD HUMAIDAN | ARAB NEWS (http://arabnews.com/saudiarabia/article494487.ece)
    Published: Aug 28, 2011 00:05 Updated: Aug 28, 2011 00:05

    JEDDAH: Health Minister Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah on Saturday inspected the progress of work at the 500-bed new maternity and children’s hospital in Makkah and said it would be opened next year.

    He said the newly expanded state-of-the-art operation rooms at Al-Noor Hospital in Makkah have started receiving patients.

    The minister made this statement during an inspection tour of health facilities in Makkah and other holy places. His tour covered the East Arafat Hospital and the new expansion projects at Al-Noor Hospital.

    “The minister expressed his happiness over the progress of work at these hospitals and other health centers,” said Dr. Khaled Mirghalani, spokesman of the ministry.

    Al-Rabeeah stressed the government’s efforts to provide quality health services to people in Makkah and other parts of the country.

    Hamad Al-Laheedan, supervisor of the maternity and children’s hospital, briefed the minister on the advanced health facilities inside the hospital. He said it has 90 beds for newly born children and 30 beds to take care of older children.

    “The hospital is able to expand in the future,” Al-Laheedan said. Al-Rabeeah urged an expert team to make sure that the hospital is operated according to the highest standards and quality.

    The hospital will be fully furnished and equipped by the middle of next year at a cost of SR300 million.

    The East Arafat Hospital, which has 236 beds, was established at a cost of SR70 million. Al-Rabeeah visited the hospital’s emergency and intensive care units.

    Mirghalani said 10 new health centers are being constructed in Mina at a total cost of SR40 million. The minister instructed that the new health centers should be ready before the coming Haj season.
    - @dark spirit, a year ago
  • Red Crescent helicopters to serve pilgrims until Sept. 4
    By Ayman Al-Saidalani

    Okaz/Saudi Gazette (http://www.saudigazette.com.sa/index.cfm?method=home.regcon&contentID=20110828108148)

    MADINA – Saudi Red Crescent Authority air-ambulance helicopters are providing around-the-clock services to Umrah pilgrims and visitors to the holy sites in Ramadan.

    The service will continue until Sept. 4, said Capt. Abdul Hakeem Sa’doun Al-Joufi, Director of Saudi Red Crescent Air Ambulance Operations.
    The regular service provided throughout the year covers all the Makkah region and provides swift responses to emergencies, he said.

    An air ambulance responded Thursday to a traffic accident on the coastal road near Al-Leeth and a seriously injured man was flown to the hospital, he said.

    Another helicopter stationed at the Saudi Red Crescent Aviation Base in Al-Shumaisi took off after receiving a report about a critically injured traffic accident victim on the Makkah-Jeddah Expressway.

    From the time the reports were received, it took an average of 23 minutes to transport the victims in both accidents to King Abdul Aziz Hospital in Jeddah, Captain Al-Joufi said.

    The Civil Defense increased the number of aircraft dealing with emergency cases this Ramadan.

    Two types of modern aircraft have been used, both of which could perform tasks with precision, maneuver easily and fly in severe weather conditions.
    - @dark spirit, a year ago
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    - Elliotee, a year ago
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    - Mesch, a year ago
  • Germany seeks partners for its new export drive

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    New German Consul General Rolf Theodor Schuster, left, with Andreas Hergenroether, Riyadh-based delegate of German Industry & Commerce for Saudi Arabia and Yemen, during the visiting German delegation's conference at the Jeddah Hilton on Saturday. (AN photo by Khalil Hanware)

    By KHALIL HANWARE | ARAB NEWS
    Published: Sep 17, 2011 22:40 Updated: Sep 17, 2011 22:40

    JEDDAH: As part of Germany's newly launched export initiative, a 23-member German delegation is currently in the Kingdom seeking new partnerships.

    "This delegation is looking for new partners to boost its exports, especially in the health care sector's education and training, and engineering and IT fields," Tilo Mandry, the director of Health — Made in Germany at the Berlin-based Germany Trade & Invest GmbH who is heading the mission, told Arab News on the sidelines of a conference held at the Jeddah Hilton on Saturday.
    Saudi Arabia is pursuing an enormous investment program. In 2011, the Kingdom has increased its health care investments to $18.3 billion. Medical infrastructure projects have led to a boom in the construction sector. The demand for imports in the field of medical equipment is particularly strong. It is against this background that the German delegation is here.
    Mandry said 13 German associations of the health care industry are represented in the mission, which will also be touring Riyadh for two days from Sunday.
    "With Saudi Arabia's ongoing drive for Saudization, which involves vocational training and qualification of the local youth, and its major budgetary allocations for health care, and education and training, we see good potential for German expertise and exports," he said, adding that delegations from Saudi Arabia are scheduled to visit Germany for some of its major trade exhibitions this year-end and next year.
    Andreas Hergenroether, Riyadh-based delegate of German Industry & Commerce for Saudi Arabia and Yemen, said business and investment opportunities in the health care sector in Saudi Arabia are continuously increasing for German companies. "One of the key objectives of the Kingdom's five-year development plan is further raise and adapt the health care sector to the highest international standards, and that is where we with our expertise can play an effective role."
    Hergenroether added that due to the high potential of the Saudi market and the increasing demand of German small and medium enterprises (SMEs), AHK Saudi Arabia and the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Eastern Westphalia (IHK) based in Bielefeld have established the first Saudi Arabia Desk in Germany early this year.
    He said the aim of the desk is to intensify bilateral economic relations. IHK is the first contract partner for SMEs in North Rhine-Westphalia and the whole of Germany with regard to information and consultancy business in Saudi Arabia.
    "The success of German products, however, does not apply only to the health care sector but also to products from many other fields," Hergenroether added. In 2010, Germany was the second most important exporter with a total export of about 1 trillion euros. Germany exported goods worth 5.7 billion euros to Saudi Arabia in 2010, an increase of 16 percent. The trend continues this year as German exports to Saudi Arabia rose by almost 20 percent to 3.2 billion euros in the first half of this year.
    "The excellent reputation of the German health care system and the high quality of German products and services are a key factor for the success of German medical solutions worldwide," he said.
    German companies like Siemens, Fresenius, B.Braun and Drager have become long-term partners in numerous medical projects in the Kingdom, Hergenroether said.

    Source (http://arabnews.com/economy/article502980.ece)
    - Saudi guy, a year ago
  • 33 new hospitals to be ready in two years, says health minister

    Thirty-three new hospitals, five of them 500-bed, will be ready within two years, Health Minister Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah announced on Saturday.

    “At present the Health Ministry is implementing 195 projects such as health towers, specialized hospitals and health centers,” he added.

    Al-Rabeeah also announced that his ministry has started operations of about 800 of newly planned 1,414 primary health care centers in different parts of the country.

    The new 500-bed hospitals are located in East Riyadh, North Jeddah, Makkah, Baljurashi and Tabuk. Other major hospitals with 200 to 300 beds are being established in South Riyadh, Jazan, Hafr Al-Baten and Abha.

    “The new hospitals are constructed conforming to American code and specific safety standards,” the minister said. The ministry’s central laboratory in Riyadh will be ready within a year, he added.

    Al-Rabeeah also disclosed plans to set up advanced intensive care units in different regions, adding that SR500 million has been allocated for the purpose.

    The minister said this year’s Haj was free from contagious diseases. He highlighted the ministry’s services to the guests of God, saying it carried out 538 heart operations, 25 open heart surgeries, and 1,130 dialysis procedures for pilgrims this year.

    “We also transported 415 patients in special vehicles from hospitals in Makkah, Madinah and Jeddah to Arafat to help them complete their pilgrimage,” he added.

    The ministry had readied 24 hospitals and 141 health centers with 4,000 beds, intensive care units with 450 beds and emergency health facilities with 500 beds to serve pilgrims. “Vaccinations have been given to 365,777 foreign pilgrims against meningitis, 532,400 children against polio and 200,000 pilgrims against yellow fever,” the ministry said.

    Speaking about new health services, Al-Rabeeah said the ministry had appointed 1,200 visiting doctors and 1,000 employees for patient relations. “The home medicine program introduced by 115 hospitals benefited more than 10,000 people,” he said.

    He disclosed plans to review and update the files of all ministry employees by next year. “We have prepared a medical staff bylaw,” the minister said, adding that it would be circulated within three months.

    He said the ministry would soon start an outreach program by dispatching health consultants to remote areas. Many government hospitals provide early diagnosis services for potential cancer patients.
    - Ahmad Rashid Ahmad, a year ago
  • $1.35bn project to build 10 hospitals in Saudi

    RED House Group and Rizk Healthcare on Sunday announced that they have forged an exclusive partnership within the formation RRHH - Rizk RED House Healthcare.

    Under the deal, RED House, a leading Real Estates Investment and Development Group operating in the MENA region, handed RRHH a $1.35b project consisting of the development of a Chain of 10 specialised hospitals totaling over 3,000 beds spread over Saudi Arabia and joined with Ebram a major Saudi Investment and Healthcare firm.

    Rizk Healthcare, a prominent healthcare developer and operator with a track record that goes for over 85 years, envisages pursuing its legacy with a wide-ranging plan of developing healthcare institutions over the MENA region.

    H.E. Dr. Assad Rizk, RRHH Chairman, declared that within the partnership with RED House, Rizk Healthcare anticipates a greater role on the healthcare platform in the region. He expressed his gladness for promoting "Rizk Healthcare" to an advanced regional position.

    Mr. Mazen Beaini, RED House Group Chairman affirmed RED House contentment of the partnership with "Rizk Healthcare" especially with the great potentials of the Healthcare Sector in the MENA region. Mr. Beaini asserted that ensuring the regional growth RRHH is conceived to proceed as one of the major players in the healthcare development and operation sectors regionally.

    "Today's announcement of our partnership with RED House is a great example of how we continue to invest in the healthcare industry and of our commitment to provide healthcare services not only in Lebanon but also on the regional platform" said Mr. Sami Rizk, RRHH CEO.

    RRHH shall be headquartered in Beirut Central District that would cater for its regional operation in addition to its branch in Riyadh KSA. A signing ceremony is planned in February 2012.
    - Ahmad Rashid Ahmad, a year ago
  • Consultancy contracts for new medical cities signed

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    We won’t let our cultural values erode, says defense minister

    Health Minister Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah inked two agreements on Wednesday for consultancy and design of the King Abdullah Medical City in the western region and the King Khalid Medical City in the Eastern Province.

    Following the signing ceremony, Al-Rabeeah thanked Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques for allocating SR16 billion for the construction of new medical cities in the Kingdom.

    He said two major international companies have been awarded the contract for consultancy, engineering design, supervision and management of each of the cities. The contract for the two new projects is worth SR430 million.

    He explained the two new cities is testament to the commitment and vision of King Abdullah who is keen on expanding health care at all levels. He pointed out the King Fahd Medical City will serve the central region, the King Faisal Medical City will cover the southern region, while the Prince Muhammad bin Abdulaziz Medical City will serve people in the northern part of the Kingdom.

    According to the contracts, Saudi Diyar will handle the King Abdullah Medical City in association with RTKL. The other contract for King Khalid Medical City was awarded to ICOM Arabia.

    “These two new cities will provide excellent health care services in their respective regions, including services that cover specialized centers for oncology, neurology and cardiology, radiotherapy, organ transplant and other rare specialized disciplines,” he said.

    “The concept of medical cities in various parts of the Kingdom is to take health care services to the people to save time and money spent on patients in search of medical treatment in other provinces,” the minister said.

    Khaled Al-Shaibani, executive general manager of King Fahd Specialist Hospital in Dammam, said the proposed King Khalid Medical City will be built on an area of 700,000 square meters with a capacity of 1,500 beds.

    He added that it will function as a specialized hospital, which would include separate wings for cardiology, neuroscience research center, center for organ transplant and other rare specialties such as a separate hospital for rehabilitation and separate buildings for its staff.

    The new city is completely independent from King Fahd Specialist Hospital in Dammam, he added.

    Dr. Hassan Bakhamis, executive general manager of King Abdullah Medical City, said the medical complex would be built on an area of 2 million square meters on the Makkah-Jeddah highway.

    It will have 1,500 beds with separate departments for specialist treatment. Each department will have at least 100 beds.

    Separate departments will include units for cardiology, oncology, radiology, nuclear medicine and support services.

    It will have two laboratories, one for general tests and the other for research work. It will also have an auditorium for 2,000 people where training programs and medical conferences can be conducted.
    - Ahmad Rashid Ahmad, a year ago
  • Contracts inked for health care projects worth SR3 billion

    The Ministry of Health signed more than SR3 billion worth contracts on Saturday with 30 private sector companies for health projects.

    They included construction of hospitals, supply of pharmaceutical products and equipment, biomedical engineering projects, hospital supplies and furnishing of newly built hospitals throughout the Kingdom.

    Health Minister Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah, who signed the agreements at the ministry headquarters in Riyadh with representatives of the contracted companies pledged that his ministry would sign more such contracts worth SR1.5 billion in the coming weeks.

    The contracted projects included, the construction of a 300-bed hospital in Hail and another hospital in Abqaiq with a capacity of 100 beds. Contracts were also signed to establish new and furnish existing medical warehouses of the ministry that are located in several parts of the Kingdom.

    Besides updating the ministry's laboratories located in various health regions, the contracts were also signed for the supply of CT scan machines, pharmaceutical products and medical apparatus needed for some hospitals and primary health care centers in the Kingdom.

    Al-Rabeeah described the mass signing ceremony as a great day for the Kingdom since the ministry would be offering enhanced services to the people with the completion of these contracts.

    He thanked Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah for his magnanimity to improve the available health care services and set up new facilities in the Kingdom to reach all citizens equally. The minister said that King Abdullah has said: “Nothing is expensive for the health of the Saudi citizens.”

    He explained that the royal statement is self-explanatory. “It clearly indicates the commitment of the monarch toward his subjects in the field of health sector.”

    Commenting on the new budget, the minister said that new health care projects would be on the pipeline with the new votes.

    “We are planning to sign more contracts for health care projects to the tune of another SR1.5 billion to ensure enhanced services in patients care, family management medical program, home medical program and several other programs to ensure the rights of patients and their families.

    Al-Rabeeah said in keeping with King Abdullah's vision, the Health Ministry has re-designed its objectives to focus on ' Patients First' services. In deference to the king's wishes, health care services are being taken to the doorstep of the people in all regions. Under his guidance, he said, the ministry has been investing substantial volume of funds for the welfare of the people.

    The minister also took the opportunity to thank Chairman of the Shoura Council Dr. Abdullah Al-Asheikh and the council members for the support extended to the Health Ministry to carry out its projects.

    He recalled that the chairman and a team of members from the council visited the ministry headquarters recently and discussed several areas where the two bodies could strengthen their cooperation between them.

    Former Deputy Minister of Health for Executive Affairs Dr. Abdul Rahman Al-Sweilem coordinates activities between the ministry and the council.

    During the discussions between the Shoura members and senior health ministry officials, it was decided to form a joint committee comprising members from the two bodies to coordinate functions related to each other.

    Dr. Salah Al-Mazroa, health adviser to the ministry on Logistics and Capital Equipment, said that the signing ceremony is a major multi-purpose project that offers a wide range of health care activities designed for the people in the Kingdom.

    “Under the new projects, 22 new hospitals that were completed recently will be furnished with the state-of-the-art equipment to keep in line with global standards,” he added.
    - Ahmad Rashid Ahmad, a year ago
  • Health Ministry unveils plans for building 12 new hospitals

    The Ministry of Health on Monday revealed plans to build a 500-bed hospital in memory of the late Prince Sultan.

    Unveiling a budget of SR7.2 billion for the fiscal year 2012, Health Ministry spokesman Dr. Khalid Al-Mirghalani said the ministry plans to construct 12 new hospitals, including the proposed Prince Sultan Bin Abdulaziz Hospital to be built in the Riyadh.

    Speaking at a press conference at the ministry headquarters, the spokesman said the projects will provide comprehensive integrated health services for citizens in all parts of the Kingdom.

    Explaining the details of the ministry's future plans, Al-Mirghalani said the ministry would carry out the implementation of 67 newly-approved projects in nearly 20 health regions spread throughout the Kingdom.

    In addition to the 12 new hospitals, which will have a total capacity of 3,100 beds, the ministry will build 15 integrated clinics in Riyadh, a center for tumors in Madinah, a center for forensic medicine in Jazan, a center for cancer treatment, specialized centers for dental care and oversee the installation of an electronic security system to protect infants and upgrade housing of health workers.

    The ministry will also install standby generators in 262 hospitals and improve intensive care and emergency department facilities.

    Meanwhile, Dr. Ibrahim Al-Omar, director general of blood banks and laboratories at the ministry, announced on Monday that the government laboratory at the King Fahd Hospital in Jeddah received accreditation from the Central Board of Accreditation for Healthcare Institutions (CBAHI).

    He said officials from the World Health Organization visited the center last year and were fully satisfied with the facilities and services available at the laboratory, which process around 3 million samples of blood a year.

    Al-Omar said that the laboratory has also trained some 150 health graduates in the field. The laboratory is fully computerized and connected to all wards and departs at the hospital.

    “Doctors can see clinical reports from the laboratory at the click of a button,” Al-Omar said.
    - Ahmad Rashid Ahmad, a year ago
  • Riyadh to have proton therapy center

    The Kingdom is to install the first ever center for proton therapy at King Fahd Medical City (KFMC) in Riyadh. An agreement for the installation of the proton unit was signed on Sunday with a local company with foreign partners.

    Proton therapy is an advanced form of radiation therapy that is currently available at a limited number of centers worldwide.

    Chief Executive Officer of KFMC Dr. Abdullah Al-Amro signed the agreement under the direct supervision of Health Minister Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah with representatives of participating local and foreign companies and from the Ministry of Health.

    Speaking to Arab News, Dr. Mushabbad Al-Asiri, head of the Oncology Department at KFMC, said this is the first such center in the Middle East and second in Asia after Japan.

    “The cost of the plant and its operation and maintenance is so expensive that some countries cannot afford to implement this facility despite its proven usefulness,” Al-Asiri said.

    The oncologist explained the premises of KFMC will be rented for the private sector company to install the proton therapy machine and the company has to pay a monthly rent for its tenancy inside the complex. The Health Ministry will bear the treatment costs for its patients treated at the center.

    “It is like a lease agreement with a private sector company,” Al-Asiri said, adding that the ministry will take over the center after 20 years.

    Al-Asiri said at present patients have to be sent to the United States for such treatment and it is very costly.

    Proton therapy is more effective than conventional radiation therapy as it significantly reduces normal tissue exposure to excess radiation.

    There is potential to reduce side effects and improve overall outcome. For some tumors, higher doses of radiation may be delivered with protons and there is also the potential to improve combination treatment with other therapies, such as chemotherapy, which can be difficult with conventional radiation therapy.

    Al-Asiri said the therapy is much safer as the radiation beams can target affected tissues with greater precision.

    Al-Amro said the project is a good example of an ideal private sector partnership with the ministry where the government is implementing an expensive facility without having to spend money.
    - Ahmad Rashid Ahmad, a year ago
  • SGH marks 23 years of community service

    A large number of residents including members of the expatriate community participated in Saudi German Hospitals Group’s 23rd anniversary here. Saudi Arabia’s generous assistance to the group was acknowledged at the anniversary celebration.

    “The Kingdom supported the group with SR400 million,” group President Sobhi Batterjee said. The group’s hospitals across the Kingdom and overseas have been offering health care of the best international standards since its launch in 1988. “And many people, both Saudis and expatriates, are benefiting from our health care services,” he added.

    Several prominent officials and heads of the Islamic Development Bank (IDB), members of the consular corps, insurance companies and pharmaceutical companies, as well as training institutes attended the event at Park Hyatt Jeddah. Both Batterjee and his son Makarem reviewed the group’s history and outlined its mission and vision.

    Batterjee emphasized that the group lays much emphasis on medical education and has established Batterjee Medical College, which he described as the biggest private medical university in the Middle East. The first batch of students studying physiotherapy has already graduated. The group aims to operate a total of 30 hospitals across the Middle East, offering 50,000 jobs by 2015.

    Aside from hospitals, the group is involved in medical education and many other activities for the community in Madinah, Riyadh, Jeddah, Asir and Hail as well as in Yemen, Dubai and Egypt.
    - Ahmad Rashid Ahmad, 11 months ago
  • SR1.4bn contracts signed to improve health care

    As part of the SR16 billion budget allocated for the health sector by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah, Health Minister Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah signed five contracts worth more than SR1.4 billion on Saturday.

    The contracted projects include the first stage of the King Faisal Medical City in the southern province.

    Following the signing ceremony, Al-Rabeeah thanked King Abdullah for paying excellent attention to the health sector.

    He said the health care provided by the Kingdom clearly demonstrates the vision of the king, who is keen on providing equal health opportunities for people living in all parts of the Kingdom.

    The King Faisal Medical City will be built on an area of 262,836 square meters. It comprises a specialized hospital, eye hospital, cardiac and neuroscience hospitals with a total of 1,350 beds. It will also have 200 housing units and 200 independent apartments for its staff.

    The contract for the construction of the first stage of the King Faisal Medical City with a capacity of 500 beds at a cost of SR642 million, was signed by the minister with Al-Fawzan Trading and Contracting Company. The contract period is for three years.

    The minister also signed another contract for the construction of a 15-floor tower at a cost of SR448 million with Al-Rashed Contracting Company to be completed within a period of three years.

    Musad Al-Otaibi Contracting Company signed a SR252 million contract for a children and maternity hospital with a capacity of 300 beds in Sakaka in Al-Jouf.

    The minister signed two more contracts for the installation of generators and elevators in several Ministry of Health facilities throughout the Kingdom. The minister signed the contracts with Al-Baeez Contracting Company and Al-Khareef Company for SR108 million and SR25 million respectively to be fixed within a period of nine months.

    In early January, the ministry signed more than SR3 billion worth of contracts with 30 private sector companies for health projects. They included the construction of hospitals, supply of pharmaceutical products and equipment, biomedical engineering projects, hospital supplies and furnishing of newly built hospitals throughout the Kingdom.

    The contracted projects included the construction of a 300-bed hospital in Hail and another hospital in Abqaiq with a capacity of 100 beds. Contracts were also signed to establish new and furnish existing medical warehouses of the ministry that are located in different parts of the Kingdom.

    Besides updating the ministry's laboratories located in various regions, the contracts were also signed for the supply of CT scan machines, pharmaceutical products and medical apparatus needed for some hospitals and primary health care centers in the Kingdom.

    The Kingdom has an integrated health care system that covers both its citizens and expatriates in the country. The Ministry of Health under the leadership of Al-Rabeeah is a major player entrusted with the provision of preventive, curative and rehabilitative health care for the Kingdom’s population. It provides primary health care services through a network of 2,000 primary health care centers.

    The ministry is considered the lead government agency responsible for the management, planning, financing and regulating of the health care sector. The ministry also undertakes the overall supervision and follow-up of health care related activities carried out by the private sector.
    - Ahmad Rashid Ahmad, 11 months ago
  • Hail to have SR1.5 billion new health projects

    Health Minister Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah will launch new health projects worth SR1.5 billion in Hail Province on Saturday.

    In a statement, the minister thanked Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah for his generous support to the health sector.

    He said the new health projects in Hail would bring about qualitative improvement in health services in the region.

    The new projects include the establishment of a 300-bed general hospital at a cost of SR260 million and another 300-bed hospital southwest of Hail at a cost of SR280 million.

    The minister will also open 16 health centers and lay the foundations for 18 others. He will also launch a heart center and a 40-bed kidney center.

    “These projects are implemented as a result of the unlimited support of the government and they will have a big impact on improving services,” Al-Rabeeah said.

    He reiterated the ministry’s determination to develop health services across the country.

    “The ministry has embarked on a major program to develop health facilities and programs in order to win the satisfaction of patients,” he said.

    “We have also introduced a number of innovative programs for the benefit of patients and realize the slogan of ‘Patients First’,” he said.

    The ministry is moving forward with a well-defined strategy. “We have drawn up the strategy, which is based on a nationwide comprehensive health care plan, for the next 10 years,” he added.

    This strategy aims to realize the fundamentals of justice, comprehensiveness, integration, and the best possible service with a focus on top quality and utilization of the highly advanced means of technology, he said.

    The national health care plan was finalized after top officials of the ministry as well as Saudi and international experts carried out detailed and in-depth studies at various levels, he pointed out.

    The ministry has made a lot of achievements during the past three years and the Home Health Care Program was one of them. “We started the program from scratch, but now there are more than 11,000 patients who are taking advantage of this initiative,” he added.

    Hospital Bed Management Program was another major initiative. “There was a shortage of beds. Hence, the ministry worked out a program to best utilize hospital beds based on a rota system. Earlier, each bed had four rotations in a month. Now each bed is having six rotations,” he pointed out.
    - Ahmad Rashid Ahmad, 10 months ago
  • Medical city in Jouf will have 1,000 beds

    The proposed 1,000-bed Prince Muhammed Bin Abdulaziz Medical City in Al-Jouf will serve the Kingdom's population in the northern region, Health Minister Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah said during his visit to the area yesterday.

    The minister described to Al-Jouf Gov. Prince Fahd bin Badr the various health projects that have been earmarked for the northern region. The meeting took place at the governor's palace.

    The minister said the establishment of five medical cities in the Kingdom is based on a directive from Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah who was keen on providing equal health opportunities for people living in all parts of the Kingdom.

    Prince Muhammed Bin Abdulaziz Medical City, which will be located in Sakaka in Al-Jouf, is aimed at serving people in neighboring regions such as Tabuk, Hail and the northern borders. The minister visited the site of the proposed medical city during his visit.

    Under its budget, the Ministry of Health has allocated SR 2 billion to the Al-Jouf governorate, which serves the northern part of the Kingdom.

    The minister explained his ministry had chalked out a strategic plan not only to increase the number of beds in the hospitals but also improve health services offered to families and ensure they meet global health standards. He said the ministry intends to accommodate four patients in a room, which would be good enough to ensure the privacy of patients as well as the convenience of medics and paramedics.

    He said the funds allocated for training and development of human resources have been doubled to ensure quality and speedy health services. “This is being carried out in coordination with the ministries of labor and higher education.”

    He also said he has plans to replace gradually old medical equipment in government hospitals in phases.

    Director General of the medical city Dr. Nahr Al-Azmi conducted a presentation of the whole project in the presence of Prince Fahd bin Badr and Al-Rabeeah. Al-Azmi said the project will be built on an area of 2 million sq. meters and is expected to create 6,000 jobs. The city will have a general hospital with all needed facilities, cardiac center, eye hospital, general laboratory, and a rehabilitation center. He added its staff would be provided with the state-of-the art training inside and outside the Kingdom.

    He said the project would be set up with the cooperation of public and private sectors in the Kingdom.

    Yesterday, Prince Fahd opened 10 new health projects and laid the foundation stone for the construction of 14 other health facilities costing more than SR2 billion.

    According to the director of the region's health department Abdullah bin Saleh Al-Moalim, the projects inaugurated included four new hospitals including a psychiatry facility each in Sakaka and Qurayat built at a cost of more than SR286 million.

    The governor also opened two new general hospitals in the towns of Abu Ajram and Al-Haditha in addition to accommodation facilities for staff at a number of hospitals. He opened a 15-bed kidney dialysis unit at Prince Abdul Rahman Al-Sudairy hospital in Sakaka.

    The 14 health projects included a maternity and children's hospital, a regional laboratory and a dental center in the city of Al-Jouf in addition to a kidney-dialysis unit at King Abdul Aziz hospital in Sakaka. The governor also laid foundation stones for seven primary health care centers in various cities and towns in the region.
    - Ahmad Rashid Ahmad, 8 months ago
  • Tabuk governor lays foundation for multimillion health projects

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    Tabuk Gov. Prince Fahd bin Sultan, right, listens, as Health Minister Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah explains about health projects in Tabuk on Tuesday.

    Upcoming new health projects in all parts of the Kingdom clearly indicate the country’s health sector is making rapid development strides like never before, Tabuk Gov. Prince Fahd bin Sultan said on Tuesday.

    The prince was speaking at the foundation laying ceremony for SR875 million worth of health projects in the Tabuk region held in the presence of Health Minister Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah, who was on a two-day visit to the region.

    “This is a period where we are witnessing vast developments in the health sector designed to improve quality health services for residents and citizens living in all parts of the Kingdom,” the prince said, pointing out that this is the outcome of the vision of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah, ably assisted by Crown Prince Naif, to offer the best healthcare services to all sectors of society. The governor also thanked the ministry officials for the wonderful healthcare services offered to the people.

    Introducing Al-Rabeeah to the audience, the prince said the health minister is no stranger to the province. Al-Rabeeah is a minister who takes personal interest in the planning and implementation of all Health Ministry projects, he added. “He is a minister who first looks after his ministerial work and then goes home on completion of his daily obligations toward the ministry,” the governor said.

    The prince also expressed his hope the projects would be completed soon within the contracted period. He said according to reports from the Ministry of Health, building contractors are working day and night to complete the projects within the allotted timeframe.

    The projects included the construction of a SR409 million children and maternity hospital with 200 beds, a 200-bed mental health hospital capacity at a cost of SR200 million, a regional laboratory, blood bank and a poison center at a cost of SR60 million and four central warehouses at a cost of SR16 million. Besides these projects, a ceremony was held to mark the start of work on housing projects for medical staff in Taima , Amlaj and Duba hospitals that are being built for SR190 million.

    During a visit to the King Khalid Hospital in Tabuk yesterday, Al-Rabeeah told patients that Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah conveyed his greetings and good wishes for them to get well soon.

    Like all other regions, the minister said, Tabuk will also witness a chain of developments in the health sector that would eventually benefit the people in the region. During the tour, the minister also received feedback from members of the public on various matters related to health.

    The minister said his ministry is very keen on completing all its health projects in various regions of the Kingdom according to schedule.

    Al-Rabeeah highlighted the progress of work on the 500-bed King Fahd Specialist Hospital in Tabuk and the Medical City in Tabuk, stressing all regions of the Kingdom are important. Health Ministry spokesman Dr. Khalid Al-Mirghalani said Tabuk has been witnessing a number of health projects recently.

    Ongoing projects include the construction of the SR305 million King Fahd Specialist Hospital and construction of a 100-bed hospital in Taima at a cost of SR85 million, a 100-bed hospital in Amlaj at a cost of SR117 million, a 100-bed hospital in Duba at a cost of SR117 million and construction of four primary healthcare centers for SR14 million in total.
    - Ahmad Rashid Ahmad, 8 months ago
  • Key health projects awarded

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    Riyadh Gov. Prince Sattam looks on while Minister of Health Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah and top official of Al-Fawzan Contracting Company sign contracts in Riyadh on Sunday.

    The Ministry of Health will implement three key medical projects in Riyadh at a total cost of over SR967.52 million.

    Riyadh Gov. Prince Sattam attended the contract signing ceremony held at his office here yesterday. Minister of Health Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah signed the contracts that were awarded to Al-Fawzan Contracting Company.

    The contracts included building three medical towers — one each at King Saud Medical City, Prince Salman Hospital, and Al-Iman General Hospital — and that will have a total of more than 800 beds, according to the Saudi Press Agency.

    During the meeting with Prince Sattam, Al-Rabeeah spoke about the projects that the ministry plans to implement in the Riyadh province. He said the ministry has completed a number of health projects and they have begun operations. These included 500-bed Prince Muhammad Hospital, Riyadh, Imam Abdul Rahman bin Faisal Hospital, Al-Quwaieya General Hospital, Children’s and Maternity Hospital, Al-Kharj, each with 200 beds, Health Affairs General Directorate building in Riyadh region, in addition to Al-Bajadiya General Hospital, Darma Hospital, and Al-Artawiya Hospital, each with 50 beds, besides Al-Mozahamiya Hospital.

    Al-Rabeeah said that a number of projects will be operational within the coming few months, and these include 300-bed hospital, north Riyadh, 200-bed mental health hospital, Al-Kharj, 150-bed Houta Sudair Hospital and 50-bed Rowaida Al-Areedh Hospital.

    According to the minister, budgetary allocations were made for implementing several projects during the current year. These include Prince Sultan Hospital, a hospital in west Riyadh, medical tower at Al-Yamama Hospital, and Riyadh Mental Health Hospital, each having 500 beds, 300-bed Al-Kharj General Hospital, 200-bed Al-Saleel Hospital, 200-bed Afeef General Hospital, 50-bed Ramah and Halban hospitals, and15 clinics in Riyadh city.

    Al-Rabeeah underscored the significance given by his ministry to develop primary health clinics in various parts of the province. “We have plans to build as many as 256 primary health care center projects in four phases. The ministry has already completed implementation of two phases,” he said, adding that new health projects are estimated to cost a total of more than SR6 billion.
    - Ahmad Rashid Ahmad, 8 months ago
  • King allocates more lands for hospital projects

    Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah allocated more than 5.5 million square meters of land to build two hospitals in Jeddah and Makkah, said Minster of Health Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah on Friday.

    The two hospitals are King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center (KFSHRC) in Jeddah and the King Abdullah Medical City (KAMC) close to Makkah.

    “The king has ordered the allocation of a plot of more than two million square meters near the King Abdul Aziz International Airport to build the King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center in Jeddah. Necessary funds for the construction of the first phase of the hospital have also been allocated,” Al-Rabeeah, who is also chairman of the KFSHRC’s board of directors, said in a statement to the Saudi Press Agency.

    Another plot of more than 3.5 million square meters has been allocated for the construction of the King Abdullah Medical City in Shumaisy on the Makkah-Jeddah highway with necessary funds.

    The minister added that the contracts for the execution of the two projects would be awarded soon so that they begin serving the people in the province and nearby regions in the western part of the Kingdom without delay.

    The minister, on behalf of the staff of the Ministry of Health and the KFSHRC, thanked the king for his keenness to provide specialist health care with easy access to all people including expatriates.

    The minister added that the king allocated in the past plots and funds for the building of large medical cities in the southern, northern, eastern and central regions in the Kingdom.

    They include the King Khaled Medical City in the Eastern Province, the King Faisal Medical City to serve the provinces in the south, and the Prince Muhammad Medical City meant for the people in the Northern provinces.

    The king also approved the allocation of funds and other requirements for the medical centers and projects of the King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center which includes the King Abdullah Tumor and Liver Diseases Center, Center for Emergency and Family Medicine, support services and car parking, King Fahd Medical City’s tumor, cardiac and neurology centers and research centers meant for the Riyadh province and nearby regions.

    “The construction of most of these projects are underway after the completion of their designing and awarding of contracts. The contracts of the remaining projects will be awarded after the completion of their plans, which are designed with the help of world famous designing firms and in keeping with the latest international standards and specifications,” the minister said.
    - Ahmad Rashid Ahmad, 7 months ago
  • Saudi to spend $331m on six Jizan health centres

    There is a high domestic demand for healthcare in Saudi Arabia driven by a large population base

    Saudi Arabia will spend $331m (SAR 1.2bn) to build six health centres in Jizan province in the south-west of the kingdom, a senior official in Jizan's General Directorate of Health Affairs has told Zawya.

    The Saudi health ministry has allocated $93.32m (SAR 350m) for a specialty hospital with 500 beds; $125m (SAR 468.8m) for two general hospitals with a total capacity of 500 beds; and $16m (SAR 60m) for a mental hospital with 200 beds, the official said on condition of anonymity.

    The other projects under this initiative include a primary health center at a cost of $4m (SAR 15m) and a maternity hospital for $79m (SAR 296.3m), the official said.

    The ministry will also support the development of the Prince Mohammed Bin Nasser Hospital with $13.3m (SAR 49.9m), the source said.

    According to business consultancy Deloitte, Saudi Arabia offers one of the most reformed and organized healthcare structures in the GCC. The high domestic demand driven by a large population base and high health insurance penetration is boosting the industry growth in the kingdom, the firm said in research released earlier this year.

    “As such, there is a need for investment across primary, secondary and tertiary healthcare services,” Deloitte said, and suggested public-private partnerships to meet the needs of the Saudi healthcare sector.
    - Ahmad Rashid Ahmad, 7 months ago
  • King Abdullah dedicates 420 health projects

    Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Patronizes Opening of 420 Health Projects and Laying the Foundation Stone for 127 project.

    Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud patronized at his palace today a ceremony for the opening of 420 health projects and the laying of the foundation stone for 127 other health projects costing more than SR12 billion.

    A speech event was held to mark the occasion. In a key address, Dr. Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al-Rabee’a, the Minister of Health, announced that the monarch will open today more than 29 hospitals and health facilities, 391 primary health care centers and lay the foundation stones for two medical cities in the northern and southern regions of the Kingdom, projects in three medical cities, a specialist hospital, seven public hospitals, two medical towers, 73 digital operation rooms and 111 primary health care centers. He described the event as the largest in the history of his ministry.

    Today’s achievement, brings to 54 and 645 the number of hospitals and primary health care units respectively operated by the Ministry over the last three years, the Minister said.

    He vowed that his ministry is currently constructing 122 hospitals and towers, 305 primary health care units and is planning to double beds in its hospitals in the seven coming years.

    Highlighting his ministry’s qualitative performance, Dr. Al-Rabeeah’ cited the winning of ten Saudi hospitals of the Accreditation Certificate by the US Accreditation Authority for Public Health Program and 30 other hospitals of the Accreditation certificate of the Saudi National Committee on Quality Assurance.

    Then, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques pressed the buttons announcing the opening of the projects and the laying of the foundation stones of others.

    Minister of Health presented a memorial gift to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques to mark the occasion.

    In a extemporary comment, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques said "God blesses you and creates many like you as you are strugglers. People speak too much but what is important is honesty. The most correct is the good work. May I appeal to Allah Almighty to help you to serve your religion and nation! This is what I wish and this is what every citizen wishes. Thank you".

    The event was attended by Prince Miqren bin Abdulaziz, Advisor to and Special envoy of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques; Prince Mohammed bin Naif bin Abdulaziz, Assistant Interior Minister for Security Affairs; Prince Abdulaziz bin Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, Deputy Foreign Minister; Dr. Bandar bin Salman bin Mohammed, Advisor to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques and Prince Saud bin Abdulrahman bin Nasser bin Abdulaziz.
    - Ahmad Rashid Ahmad, 7 months ago
  • Saudi King allocates land for hospital extensions

    Saudi Arabia's King Abdulah has earmarked 4.5m m2 of land for the expansion of healthcare facilities in Jeddah and Taif, according to Arab News.

    Royal directives have been issued to secure 4m m2 of land next to the King Faisal Hospital in Taif, which will be used to build a medical tower. The tower would contain a new maternity and childrens' hospital. Land near Taif University will also be used to conduct a general hospital with a mental hospital and a rehabilitation unit.

    Meanwhile, in Jeddah land has been secured next to the King Fahd Hospital for construction of a new maternity hospital and 600-bed children's hospital.

    Health minister Dr Abdullah Al-Rabeeah said the king had recently inaugurated 420 health projects and laid foundation stones for 127 other schemes with a value of around $3.2bn (SR: 12bn).

    “These projects, which are considered a cultural qualitative shift, are in fact the largest event in the history of the Ministry of Health,” he said.

    The ministry is currently building 122 hospitals and medical towers and 305 health centres with a view to doubling bed numbers in the Kingdom over the next seven years.
    - Ahmad Rashid Ahmad, 6 months ago
  • Does KSA train any (significant number of) domestic doctors? One sees adds in the press or articles saying KSA will import x thousands of Pakistani doctors, plus X Indian and so on medical professionals.

    I am all for free movement of labour but was wondering what the internal health education system is like. KSA has 16 WHO recognized med schools:

    http://avicenna.ku.dk/database/medicine/
    - mintgum84, 6 months ago
  • Saudi signs $470m King Faisal hospital HQ contract

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    Jeddah’s King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center (KFSH &RC) will have a new headquarters at a cost of over $470m.

    The contract was signed by health minister Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah with a Saudi company.

    The first phase of the project, to be completed in three years, will consist of a 630-bed hospital complex covering 200 hectares of land, according to official reports.

    The phase will include a 150-bed intensive care unit, 50 dialysis stations, a 90-bed one-day post-surgery care facility and another 78 longer term rooms for surgery patients and inpatients.

    Dr. Al-Rabeeah thanked King Abdullah for the great support being extended to the health sector after a total of $27bn was appropriated for health and social services in the new budget for 2013.

    The signing ceremony was also attended by Dr. Qasim Al-Qasabi, executive supervisor of the general organisation for KFSH &RC, and Dr. Tareq Lanjawi, executive director for the hospital.

    Al-Qasabi said the new headquarters would comprise a centre for advanced scientific research and provide higher level training to Saudi doctors.

    Dr. Tareq Lanjawi said that the new headquarters would also house specialized centres for the treatment of tumors, marrow and neurological disorders, and heart diseases.

    It will also have hospital for children, integrated building for external clinics, a conference hall, main administrative block, service and logistics buildings and parking areas.
    - Ahmad Rashid Ahmad, 6 months ago
  • First phase of new Jeddah medical complex complete

    The complex is being built to the north of Jeddah

    The first phase of a new 1,100-bed medical project to the north of Jeddah has been completed.

    Speaking to Arab News, the Saudi Health ministry spokesman Khalid Al-Mirghalani said the construction of the 500-bed main hospital at the site has been completed and this section of the complex would be opened soon to patients.

    Health minister Dr Abdullah Al-Rabeeah announced that the project would be named King Abdullah Medical Complex.

    Al-Rabeeah said the 266,000 m² complex will include a specialised hospital with a capacity of 500 beds located in an area of 75,000 m². It will also offer a 50-bed intensive care unit, 20 incubators for newborns and 16 beds to treat patients admitted for burns. In addition, it will have a separate section for accident victims.

    The other facilities include a centre for neurological sciences and a specialsed fertility centre, eight operating theatres, two departments for cardiac catheterisation, and 45 outpatient clinics in all disciplines of the hospital.

    Furthermore, the facility will provide a 200-bed children and maternity hospital built in an area of 75,000 m². Besides a number of ophthalmological clinics, the complex will house more than 100 clinics in its dental department.

    Describing the new complex as an addition to the health care sector in the Kingdom, Al-Rabeeah said the new facility would serve the health needs of the people in the Western province.
    - Ahmad Rashid Ahmad, 5 months ago
  • Prince Muqrin to open 500-bed Riyadh hospital

    The new 500-bed Prince Mohammed Bin Abdulaziz Hospital in Riyadh is all set for inauguration.

    A new 500-bed hospital to cater for people in the eastern and northern parts of Riyadh city will be opened here tomorrow by Prince Muqrin, second deputy premier, chancellor and special envoy for Custodian of The Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah.

    Since its partial opening in March last year, the hospital, which has 15 digital surgical theaters, has treated more than 1,000 patients, according to its General Director Mohammed Al-Shehri. The operating theaters include 10 general surgical theaters, four day-surgery operating rooms and one theater for emergency operations.

    Health Minister Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah has confirmed the formal opening by Prince Muqrin.

    Over the last two days, hospital employees have been adding the final touches to the hospital before the grand opening. It is the second largest hospital in the capital after the King Saud Medical Complex (Semesi Hospital).

    The hospital was originally named the Eastern Riyadh Hospital but was subsequently changed to Prince Mohammed Bin Abdulaziz Hospital by King Abdullah in November 2011. It was built at a cost of SR 455 million and located on an area of more than 120,000 sq. meters.

    According to Al-Rabeeah, the hospital has been built on par with the best global designs and standards. The complex is situated in the Al-Rayan district in the east of the capital and consists of five floors including 15 operating theaters.

    The other facilities are a radiology unit, mammogram screening section, center for burns, laboratory, blood bank, physiotherapy, rehabilitation treatment, an emergency department which has 102 beds, the largest such section in the region, and a dialysis unit with 52 dialysis machines.

    The ground floor of the hospital consists of the main lobby, the administration,
    medical records, library, classrooms, lecture hall, the procurement and finance department, dining halls, laboratories, the blood bank, the radiology unit, the emergency unit, the rehabilitation center (physical therapy), and outpatient clinics covering internal medicine, respiratory, pediatrics, gynecology, dentistry, diabetes, urology, dermatology, and kidney diseases. In addition, the hospital has an emergency section with 36 beds.

    Secretary-General of the Health Services Council Yacoub Al-Mazroa praised the king for supporting the project and health services across the Kingdom.
    Health Ministry spokesman Khalid Al-Mirghalani told Arab News that it is one of the largest hospitals and strategically located.

    Deputy Minister of Health for Curative Services Abulaziz Al-Hemeidi said:
    “The hospital is a new ministry institution which covers all medical specialties. It is considered a qualitative addition to health care services systems for Riyadh citizens.”
    - Ahmad Rashid Ahmad, in 6 months

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