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Dr. Al-Rabeeah Conducts an Inspection Tour at al-Jouf Health Projects
19 March 2014
Stemming from the Ministry of Health's endeavors to upgrade the level of healthcare in the Kingdom, His Excellency the Minister of Health, Dr. Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al-Rabeeah, affirmed that the ministry is currently seeking to establish cardiac, oncology and neuroscience centers at various regions and medical cities in the Kingdom in a bid to carry out the directives of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, to meet the needs of citizens and provide the best healthcare services for them.
The minister's remarks came during an inspection tour of some finalized and under-construction health projects at al-Jouf region. During the visit, Dr. Al-Rabeeah hailed this great achievement, saying the under-construction projects will be delivered, Allah willing, within weeks to serve the citizens of the northern region of the Kingdom.
“These projects are expected to upgrade the level of healthcare services and provide advanced healthcare services in all specialties at al-Jouf region and all neighboring cities,” Dr. Al-Rabeeah said, noting that the MOH is one of the highest service sectors that offer job opportunities for the Saudi people. Dr. Al-Rabeeah further stressed that the ministry is keen to provide all medical, technical and administrative posts for Saudis at the newly-established health sectors, such as medical cities, underscoring that the priority will be for residents to occupy the posts in an attempt to give them the chance to treat their families.
In addition, Dr. Al-Rabeeah revealed that the ministry depends on a strategic plan, strictly reviewed by specialized cadres and international consultants in the field of chronic diseases in the Kingdom, noting that a new project dubbed the “National Reference Laboratory” is scheduled to be launched within a year from now to tackle the infectious and non-infectious diseases. “In an attempt to implement the directives of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, May Allah protect him, the ministry seeks to establish an international laboratory of the fourth level,” Dr. Al-Rabeeah said.
He further noted that the ministry targets also establishing cardiac, oncology and neuroscience centers at each region, in addition to the specialized medical cities which were set up to serve the whole cities in the Kingdom. Dr. Al-Rabeeah pointed out that there are currently nine cardiac and five oncology centers in the Kingdom, expressing his wish that the state would be self-sufficient in cardiac centers someday, Allah willing.
In the same context, Dr. Al-Rabeeah paid an inspection tour of Prince Mohammed bin Abdulaziz Medical City, which the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques ordered to establish in 1432H at the town of Sakakah in Al-Jouf region to provide its medical services for people of the northern regions in the Kingdom. It is worth mentioning that Dr. Al-Rabeeah was received by the Executive Director General of the medical city Dr. Nahar bin Mozki al-Azemi, who accompanied the minister and his entourage on a tour in the city. The minister and his companions were briefed on the workflow in the first phase of the city, whose establishment cost hit SR 585.706 million. The first phase is scheduled to complete in 2016 and will accommodate 500 beds.
It followed that Dr. al-Rabeeah the human resources program dubbed 'Jadeer' (Eligible), with the aim of helping applicants for employment or scholarships. That is to be added to accomplishing an automated human resources program to qualify our citizens for the various medical, technical and administrative specialties. In this spirit, 140 male and female students have been granted scholarships in the USA, Canada, UK, Australia, France, and Germany to obtain the BA, Master, PhD or fellowship degrees in whatever medical specialties the Kingdom is in need for. Over this year, 120 male and female students will be granted scholarships, so that, when they come back, they could join the national calibers at Prince Mohamed bin Abdulaziz Medical City.
As the inspection tour drew to a close, His Excellency the Minister of Health, Dr. Abdullah al-Rabeeah, expressed his overwhelming delight with Prince Mohamed bin Abdulaziz Medical City; it is one of the medical cities that are reckoned the materialization of the gracious initiative by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques. This city is envisioned, Allah willing, to be a referential medical hub for all northern regions. It includes a high-quality hospital, as well as excellence centers covering cardiology, oncology, ophthalmology, medical rehabilitation, neurosciences, and organ transplants. Prince Mohamed bin Abdulaziz Medical City, according to Dr. al-Rabeeah, will provide health services covering all these sophisticated, fourth-degree specialties. “In so doing,” he said, “we look forward to alleviating the suffering of travelling to the main medical cities, waiting for long time, let alone the difficulty of transportation and flight bookings.”
At the end, Dr. al-Rabeeah prayed for Allah to help everyone accomplish this project, so as to be added to the Saudi health system, to ensure justice and inclusiveness.

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