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Dr. Khoshaim: 6 New Specialized Oncology and Cardiology Centers to Be Established
14 January 2013
   His Excellency the Deputy Minister of Health for Planning and Development, Dr. Mohamed Hamzah Khoshaim, has declared that the Ministry of Health (MOH), as part of its budget for the current fiscal year (1434/1435H), has approved establishing three specialized oncology centers, thus increasing the number of MOH oncology centers to eight, as well as establishing three cardiology centers, thus increasing the number of such centers to twelve. As such, the total number of specialized oncology and cardiology centers, across the Kingdom's regions, is to rise to twenty centers.
 
“These projects come within the framework of the National Program for Comprehensive and Integrated Health Care, basically meant to achieve equity and inclusiveness in the distribution of medical services, as well as expanding their accessibility for as many citizens as possible,” said Dr. Khoshaim. “Essential among the objectives assigned for these projects, also, is to provide best-quality health services for citizens, and seek their comfort. In doing so, the Ministry is abiding by the directives and aspirations of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, and His Royal Highness the Crown Prince, May Allah protect them.”
 
He went on to say, “The oncology centers will be established in Al-Ahsa, Hail and Jazan, with a total bed capacity of 300 beds, and at a total cost of SR 400 million. The cardiology centers, on the other hand, are to be set up in Jazan, Taif and Hail, at a total cost of SR 360 million, and with a bed capacity of 100 beds each.”
 
Khoshaim further expounded that there currently are five oncology centers pertinent to the Ministry of Health: an oncology center at King Fahad Medical City – Riyadh, another at King Abdullah Medical City – Makkah, a third oncology center at King Fahad Specialist Hospital – Easter Region, a fourth center at Al-Qassim, and a fifth oncology center in Madinah (under construction). According to Dr. Khoshaim, the three additional, recently approved centers, when finished and operated, will alleviate pressure on the aforementioned centers.
 
The Ministry's existing nine cardiology centers, on the other hand, are: Prince Salman Cardiology Center at King Fahad Medical City – Riyadh, the cardiology center of King Abdullah Medical City – Makkah, Saud Babtain Cardiology Center – Eastern Region, Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz Cardiac Center in Al-Hofouf (Al-Ahsa), a cardiac center in Hail, Prince Abdullah bin Abdulaziz bin Medsaed Cardiac Center – Northern Border, Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz Cardiac Center – Najran, a cardiac center in Madinah, and another center at King Fahad Hospital – Jeddah.
 
Dr. Khoshaim affirmed, besides, that the prevalence of advanced oncology and cardiology centers, pertinent to MOH, in several regions, would have a very positive impact, reflected in reducing the number of referrals of patients with such diseases from peripheral to central regions. These centers, with the high-quality specialized services they provide, are projected to help, also, the number of cases referred for treatment at main cities, in light of the fact that such services are provided at the places where patients live, thus alleviating the suffering of travelling beyond the boundaries of their regions for treatment. “The Ministry's future plan, within the framework of its National Project for Comprehensive and Integrated Health Care, implicates the expansion of establishing such centers to cover the Kingdom's entire regions,” said Dr. Khoshaim.
 
Meanwhile, it didn't escape Dr. Khoshaim's attention to laud support and generous patronage bestowed upon the health services by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, His Royal Highness the Deputy Premiere and Minister of Defense, Crown Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz, May Allah protect them, for their unceasing keen interest in providing best-quality health services for all citizens spread out across the whole Saudi territory.
 
 
(1) List of the Existing Oncology Centers:
 
  1. Oncology center of King Fahad Medical City – Riyadh.
  2. Oncology center of King Abdullah Medical City – Makkah.
  3. Oncology Center of King Fahad Specialist Hospital – Eastern Region.
  4. Al-Qassim Oncology Center.
  5. Madinah Oncology Center (under construction).


List of the Oncology Centers Included in the Budget of this Fiscal Year (1434/1435H):

  1. An oncology center in Al-Ahsa (100 beds).
  2. An oncology center in Hail (100 beds).
  3. An oncology center in Jazan (100 beds).
 
Total number of oncology centers: 8 centers
 
(2) List of the Existing Cardiac Centers:
  1. Prince Salman Cardiac Center at King Fahad Medical City – Riyadh
  2. Cardiac Center of King Abdullah Medical City (Makkah).
  3. Saud al-Babtain Cardiac Center – Eastern Region
  4.  Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz Cardiac Center – Al-Hofouf (Al-Ahsa)
  5.  Cardiac Center in Hail Region.
  6. Prince Abdullah bin Abdulaziz bin Mesaed Cardiac Center – Northern Border Region
  7.  Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz Cardiac Center - Najran
  8.  Cardiac Center in Madinah
  9. Cardiac Center of King Fahad Medical City
 
List of the Cardiac Centers Included in the Budget of this Fiscal Year (1434/1435H):
  1.  A cardiac center in Jazan.
  2.  A cardiac center in Tabouk.
  3.  A cardiac center in Taif.



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