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Dr. Al-Rabeeah Makes Sure of the Readiness of the MOH Facilities at the Holy Sites
12 October 2013

​His Excellency the Minister of Health, Dr. Abdullah bin Abdulaziz al-Rabeeah, has affirmed that, to date, about eight open-heart surgeries have been conducted on pilgrims since their arrival to 6 Dhul-Hijjah. That is to be added to over 110 cardiac catheterization operations. He pointed out that, at the very moment when he was speaking, medical crews at King Abdullah Medical City in Makkah and Madinah were still performing open-heart and cardiac catheterization operations.


After the inspection tour he conducted this morning to the MOH hospitals at Arafat and Mina, Dr. al-Rabeeah said that all the Holy Sites' hospitals (especially those located in Arafat and Mina) are equipped with mobile dialysis devices to perform the hemodialysis operation.
Further, Dr. al-Rabeeah mentioned that over 300 dialysis sessions have been conducted so far, in addition to over 26 interventional endoscopy operations.
He went on to say that the preparations at the hospitals of Arafat and Mina are going on by leaps and bounds. They are all supported with medical crews and health practitioners who are highly qualified, well trained, who work with high spirit and a great deal of readiness, making use of their accumulated experiences. Not to mention the equipments, which are fully fledged at both the primary and secondary levels, as well as the referential and specialized levels.
Dr. al-Rabeeah was quoted as saying, “We hope that this Hajj season will be a success, and that pilgrims will return home safely, thanks to Allah, and then to the directives given by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, may Allah protect him. We hope also that the Ministry of Health will be ready for providing best-quality health care for pilgrims. We already have state-of-the-art medical supplies and equipments (ICUs, dialysis devices, interventional endoscopy, sun stroke devices, advanced cardiac care devices, and the other high-tech devices the MOH boasts to have.”
He went on to point out that there are a total of 5.250 beds, out of which there are 500 IC beds and 550 emergency and semi-emergency beds. Besides, there are medical crews specialized in all specialties, such as emergency, IC, hearth diseases, digestive diseases and kidney diseases, etc. All such experiences are to be added to the medical magnitude of King Abdullah Medical City, which is an eminent medical edifice, and a reference of the fourth medical level, aside from 141 primary health care centers. All such facilities are completely harnessed for providing the health services that would enable pilgrims to perform Hajj healthily, easily and safely.
Speaking of sun strokes, Dr. al-Rabeeah said, “The Ministry of Health has in its possession, in addition to the traditional devices, advanced blood-cooling devices. These devices have been provided to protect pilgrims from sun strokes, which could be severely harmful for them. The Ministry can provide all levels of stroke treatment. That is to be added to providing ambulances with devices and blankets ready for use; when unfolded, they instantly work to cool the patient's temperature, starting from the ambulance up to the ICU.”
It is worth mentioning, His Excellency the Minister of Health, Dr. Abdullah bin Abdulaziz al-Rabeeah, has conducted an inspection tour to the East Arafat Hospital, where he visited the sections of emergency, pharmacy, radiology and laboratory, in addition to the ICU and control rooms. The director of the hospital explained to Dr. al-Rabeeah how the hospital works, its bed capacity, and the advanced medical devices it has. The East Arafat Hospital is reckoned one of the hospitals established in Arafat for the service of pilgrims, and providing medical devices for them. It accommodates 236 beds, 50 beds out of which are IC beds, and 30 are emergency beds.
It followed that he moved to Namirah Hospital, where he visited the sections of emergency, internal medicine, sun stroke units, and the other medical sections. And then he moved to Arafat General Hospital, where he visited a number of sections, especially the pharmacy, which contains advanced drugs and medications, so that cases that visit the hospital (or are hospitalized at it) could obtain their medicines.
The tour encompassed, besides, Mount al-Rahma Hospital, where the director of the hospital guided Dr. al-Rabeeah through the hospital facilities, including the emergency section and the cardiopulmonary resuscitation section. He gave an elaborate account of the various advanced devices used in the detection of pulmonary heart patients and acute cases, as well as the high-tech devices at ICUs, introduced for the first time to serve pilgrims. After that, Dr. al-Rabeeah moved to Mina al-Wadi Hospital, where he was received by the director of the hospital, who explained for him how the hospital works. The visit included the sun stroke units, ICUs and the pharmacy.
During this tour, Dr. al-Rabeeah had a closer look at the equipments of the hospitals and health centers of the Holy Sites, that provide their health services for pilgrims around the clock, thus enabling them to perform the Hajj rites easily and safely. Meanwhile, he called upon health workers to make every effort to complete the preparations and arrangements of the health sectors, with a view to providing best-quality health services for pilgrims.
It did not escape Dr. al-Rabeeah's notice to express his appreciation for the momentous efforts exerted, and the capabilities offered by the Government of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, and His Royal Highness the Crown Prince, may Allah protect them, in an endeavor to satisfy the pilgrims health needs.
In his inspection tour, Dr. al-Rabeeah was accompanied by the Vice Minister for Health Affairs, Dr. Mansour al-Howasi, and the Deputy Minister for Planning and Development, the Chairman of the Hajj Preparatory Committees, Dr. Mohamed Khoshaim, in addition to a number of MOH officials and the heads of the Ministry's hajj committees.

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