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A guidebook on primary health care centers published
14 July 2007
The Directorate General of Health Information and Relations has published a guidebook titled: The Project of Establishing 2000 Primary Health Care Centers. Being the latest within a series of guidebooks detailing the achievements of the Ministry of Health, the guidebook starts with an introduction written by the Minister of Health Dr. Hamad Al-Mane, in which he appreciated the Royal offer for improving and developing primary health care centers, which constitute the first line of health services. 
The Guidebook includes a comprehensive presentation for the concept of developing primary health care centers, including public health education for enlightening people on their health problems, finding solutions for controlling and eradicating them, environmental hygiene, providing food and boosting good nutrition, comprehensive motherhood and childhood services, vaccination against contagious diseases, combating sexually transmitted diseases, treating common diseases, and drug provision. 
The booklet outlines the MOH strategies of applying primary health care, which are based on extending integrated and highly qualified health services to all population groups at the three levels of the primary health care centers, the general hospitals, and the specialized hospitals; coordinating with other governmental bodies, private hospitals, and all other relative bodies for upgrading the health levels of citizens within the overall social and economic development context; as well as providing continuous education and training to primary health care providers through special programs, on job training, and coordination with health training providers.
The booklet includes information on the feasibility of grouping dental clinics in major cities. MOH, for the purpose of boosting performance, has adopted the principle of establishing complexes of dental clinics in major cities. The Minister of Health Dr. Hamad Al-Mane has approved the establishment of 43 complexes with a rate of 8-14 clinics in each complex. The main purposes behind establishing such complexes include provision of the basic dental services in the best way through solving the problem of manpower deficiency, specially dentists, and patient's overcrowdedness. They also include scientific application of timetables, avoidance of discontinuation of work due to absence of any of the doctors, suspension of work for maintenance, activation of technical and administrative monitoring on clinics, unification of the standards of sterilization and preparation, allotting a medical file for each patient for documentation and followup, in addition to establishing a central sterilization method for clinics.
The guidebook also includes the currently applied primary health care programs and activities as well as the twelve goals of controlling disinfective diseases.
The guidebook is equipped with tables and graphics that show the growth of health centers in number from 1119 health center in 1404 to 1905 health center in 1427, whereas the number of patients has increased to 50 million patients in 1427.

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