MOH News
1625 Saudi Nurses Participate in Providing Hajj Health Services
29 October 2012
   The Assistant Undersecretary of MOH Supportive Medical Services, Supervisor of Laboratories, Nursing, and Nutrition in the Hajj, Dr. Munirah bint Hemdan Al-Eseimi, has affirmed that over 1625 Saudi nurses participated in providing the health services during this Hajj season; as part of the Saudi nurses participating in this year's Hajj.
For his part, Susan Kebawi, the Deputy Director of Nursing Services at Mina Emergency Hospital, said that she participated in the Hajj 15 years ago, and the proportion of the female nurses participating in the health service then did not exceed 10% of those working at the hospital, which was called Mina General Hospital. Now, things have changed a lot, and women's work at the health professions is no longer hindered.
A nurse at the Ministry of Health, named Hayla Al-Saidi, aging 26, said that this is her first participation, which was made upon her desire along with encouragement from her colleagues, preceding her in the Hajj service, in addition to her husband who is recruited in this year's Hajj. When asked about her feelings, she said that it is a great feeling, as shortly after starting her work of the pilgrims' service, she felt an internal, encouraging motive coming from her feeling that she serves the pilgrims more than doing a job duty, imposed by the nature of her work.
Another nurse, at King Faisal Specialist Hospital, named Sanaa Gholman, aging 23, said that the idea of working for the health service during the Hajj came up from her sister, who works this year in the same service at Mina Emergency Hospital. Thus, she looked upon it as an opportunity to practice once again the jobs of her profession, which is nursing, even if temporary; after she had stopped a year ago to do master. So, she was recruited by a temporary contract as a visiting nurse and became in service of Allah's pilgrims. She also expressed an overwhelming happiness, since she combined, as she put it, between Allah's reward and the return from the employer.
Last but not least, Sarah Al-Sha'a, an information technology engineer, aging 29, said that she also participated for the first time in this year's Hajj, after the Ministry chose her to participate in an information technology project in this year's Hajj. So, she accepted encouraged by her husband. She went on adding that she was deeply touched by what she saw in terms of these devout, faithful congregations of pilgrims, of different races, who hailed from all over the world, in response to Allah's, the Almighty, call for them to go on the Hajj.
Sarah added that in spite of the fact that her participation has nothing to do with the practical service of the pilgrims, but she expressed her pride of participating, since the project through which she worked is greatly related to improving the health services. This is the digital pen project, which the Ministry of Health has made a pilot application for it this year at five primary health care centers in the Holy Sites; with the goal of providing accurate, instant information on each patient frequenting these clinics, and the situations of all the patients they see. This is through applying very developed information technology systems with the aim of developing the health services provided for the pilgrim patients.

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