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MOH Participates with a Pavilion in the 2nd Saudi International Exhibition for People with Disability Requirements (Diaa)
27 May 2015
The Ministry of Health (MOH), represented by the Medical Rehabilitation General Department, participated in the 2nd Saudi International Exhibition for People with Disability Requirements (Diaa), which was opened yesterday (Tuesday) at the Riyadh International Convention and Exhibition Center.
 
The Director-General of Medical Rehabilitation Ibrahim Gebreel Hakami explained that the MOH was keen to participate in this international exhibition through a special pavilion, with the aim of providing medical rehabilitation services in four specialties, namely physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech disorder therapy, and prosthetic devices.
 
Hakami added that the MOH provides medical rehabilitation services through 283 facilities, which include 11 medical rehabilitation centers, 216 physical therapy sections, 35 occupational therapy sections, 9 speech disorder sections, and MOH's two medical rehabilitation hospitals at King Saud Medical City in Riyadh and in Madinah. He confirmed that the Ministry is keen to develop and increase medical rehabilitation facilities through the future plans.
 
On his part, the Director of the MOH's Systems Administration and Work Procedures Murad Ahmed bin Sawad said that the objective of physical and occupational therapy services is to improve the lives of people with special needs, so as to help them reach a degree of independence that makes them rely on themselves as much as possible without help of others.
 
"Regarding the prostheses," he said, "the goal is to help the person who had an accident and lost one of his organs to use the prostheses so that he can be able to move without help of others. Prostheses are also of great help to children with cerebral palsy and hyperactivity. Speech disorder therapy is related to children with speech problems and even the old people."
 
He pointed out that the Ministry's pavilion also includes educating the community on methods of protection against disabilities, spreading directives on ways of dealing with the disabled, and identifying the main types of disabilities and their causes.
 
 



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