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2803 Patients Benefit from the 1st Phase of the MOH's Project for Securing Dialysis Services
19 November 2014
The Assistant Deputy Minister of Health for Hospitals Affairs, Dr. Aqeel bin Jama'an Al-Ghamdi, revealed that opening of Kidney Center Project at Prince Mohamed bin Abdul-Aziz Hospital comes within the MOH's plan to open several kidney centers. Many advantages are to be reaped from theses centers, such as accommodating the increasing numbers of patients, offering more qualitative therapeutic possibilities, setting and applying elevated work policies and mechanisms in line with the international standards. Add to that keeping up with the technological advancements when it comes to medical apparatus and equipment. Other advantages include providing medical and nursing cadres, experienced, qualified, supportive services and cadres, offering diagnostic, therapeutic services through such centers (tests, vascular links, dialysis, and medication).
 
The head of the MOH's Kidney Central Committee said that "the Project of securing dialysis services at Prince Mohamed bin Abdul-Aziz Hospital includes providing hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis services for adults and children." He added that the total number of the patients who will benefit from the first phase of the project is 2803 in 16 centers that will be established (at a total capacity of 30 beds each), while 11 centers will be rented.
 
In a similar fashion, Dr. Aqeel b Al-Ghamdi valued the generous support of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, may Allah protect him,  for his precious approval of securing and developing dialysis services according to the latest international standards applied by the Ministry of Health, which resulted in the opening of the Prince Mohamed bin Abdul-Aziz Hospital. That is to be added to the continuous keenness and concern given by His Excellency the Acting Minister of Health, Eng. Adel bin Mohamed Faqih, to the health services, meanwhile commending the  invitation of  the highest-profile companies worldwide to provide high quality services to the citizens in all regions and provinces of the Kingdom. Besides, it didn’t escape Dr. Aqeel's notice to extend his immense thanks and gratitude to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, for his constant keenness on the citizens’ health, as manifested by contracting with the largest global companies specialized in the care of patients with renal failure.
 
Dr. Aqeel explained that the Prince Mohamed bin Abdul-Aziz Hospital will contribute to providing dialysis services for many patients, including those who used to receive treatment in Al-Yamama Hospital in the first place; as the two hospitals are located in the same district with only a short distance between them.
 
He indicated that the Kidney Center at Prince Mohamed bin Abdul-Aziz Hospital adopts all programs and standards of the health and therapeutic quality in addition to the measures of the infection control. 
 
 Likewise, Dr. Aqeel added that “purchasing dialysis services from the private sector will enable citizens with renal failure to undergo dialysis sessions in whatever country in the world having branches of the companies with which the Ministry has contracted.” 
 
He revealed that the Ministry has invited the highest-profile companies worldwide to provide high quality services to the citizens in all regions and provinces of the Kingdom.
 
Further, Dr. Al-Ghamdi added that the project of Kidney Center at Prince Mohamed Bin Abdul-Aziz Hospital comes within the framework of the program and plan of securing and developing dialysis services in line with the latest international standards and the highest quality with Diaverum Company which will provide the latest medical equipments, besides providing all that is necessary for furniture and equipment, consumables as well as the medical calibers according to the highest quality standards. In doing so, the best affective therapeutic methods will be maintained, especially that Diaverum Global is one of the prominent providers of renal care in many parts of the world.
 
Al-Ghamdi also underscored that patients with renal failure constitute a big concern to health-care providers in the Kingdom. “Undoubtedly,” he added, “there is an increase in the number of the patients with renal failure due to the increase of the chronic diseases, mainly diabetes which represents the major reason for having renal failure.” He pointed out that the awareness programs provided by the health sectors contribute to curbing incidence of the disease.
 
All the more, the Assistant Undersecretary pointed out that MOH hired the best international foreign companies which provide dialysis services. The company (service provider) will establish or rent dialysis centers across the Kingdom’s regions and provinces, and provide all that is necessary for furniture and equipment, as well as the medical cadre according to the highest quality standards; in order to offer the best affective therapeutic methods. That will be carried out on three stages collectively spanning five years. 
It is worth mentioning that the number of patients to be referred to the companies amounts to 5445 patients in the 1st phase,  2340 in the second phase, and 2007 in the 3rd phase, with a total of about 9792 patients. While the numbers of the centers which will be established by the companies will amount to 32 centers in the first phase, 16 centers in the second phase and 26 centers in the 3rd phase, totaling up to 74 centers. Additionally, the centers which will be rented from the MOH current centers amount to 17 centers in the first phase, 10 centers in the second phase and 66 centers in the 3rd phase, totaling 93 centers.
 
Concluding his speech, Dr. Al-Ghamdi said that the approved plan is progressing well, and that this center is one of a series of other centers already opened, in addition to more centers to be opened with same capabilities, developments and the modern equipments to provide high-quality dialysis services for the patients who need them. “And that is what we aspire to,” said Al-Ghamdi, confirming that all cities and provinces of the Kingdom will benefit from this service.
 
Meanwhile, he extended his immense thanks and gratitude to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques for his constant keenness on the citizens’ health, as manifested by contracting with the largest global companies specialized in the care of patients with renal failure.
 
 
 
 
 



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