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Hafr al-Batin: Successful C-Spine Plate Surgery
28 November 2017
By Allah's Grace, a team of neurosurgeons at Hafr al-Batin Central Hospital has successfully fixed a c-spine plate for a patient suffering pains in his right hand and sleeping difficulty. After due clinical examination, cervical x-ray and MRI scans, he was diagnosed with acute cervical curvature, as well as C-5, C-6 and  C-7 herniated discs. During a four-hour surgery, the discs and bone spurs pressing on the spine were removed.  Also, a pelvic bone was transplanted and stabilized by a cervical plate. The surgery has been successful without any complications. The patient was put under supervision till he recovered and was discharged.

It is also noteworthy that the Ministry of Health, in line with its contribution to achieve the targets of the National Transformation Program 2020, has launched the initiative of (reforming and restructuring the primary healthcare), as part of 40 initiatives designed to develop and improve the Kingdom's healthcare services and facilities to meet the needs of the community and the expectations of our righteous leader - may Allah protect him.

This new initiative aims to provide advanced outstanding primary healthcare services, to boost satisfaction with this sector's services, and to foster the outpatients' trust in health services.  The initiative also seeks to restore confidence in primary healthcare centers, given the growing numbers of outpatients, to ensure accessibility to all beneficiaries to reduce the burden on different health professionals, to boost the preventive measures, and provide facility-based health services, in addition to reducing congestion on emergency departments and outpatient clinics.

MOH has recently launched the new design templates of primary healthcare centers at As-Sulaimaniyah, Al-Wadi, Al-Khaleej, Al-Murabba and Al-Mansourah. All are model centers. Also, all MOH's centers will be rehabilitated with similar templates. New centers will be set up. The news centers will provide all preventive, health and community services, while complying with CBAHI's standards. The services include consultation clinics, primary mental clinics, as well as  other services such as immunization, maternity care, family medicine and early detection of chronic diseases. Also, the community will be engaged by creating community council to take part in planning health services. Each center will incorporate a training center for family medicine fellowship with a unified e-record database. The new centers feature a modern architectural style and the required safety supplies. It’s noted that the work is currently underway to start the stage of mega centers according to MOH-approved medial facility identity.


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