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Minister of Health: the Health Sector Witnesses a Major Expansion in Establishing Hospitals, Health Centers
24 December 2013

His Excellency the Minister of Health, Dr. Abdullah Abdulaziz Al-Rabeeah affirmed that the health sector sees a wide-scale expansion in establishing the hospitals, health centers, and polyclinics, and it will grow more with the approval of the munificent budget announced on Monday.

On Tuesday Morning, during his opening for the children hospital as part of the Dallah Healthcare Services Company system, he added that the sincere, heart-moving speech of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, always auguring well, urges officials, with the ministers at the forefront, on paying attention to the citizen and harnessing all the capabilities of the Ministries, whether service or non-service, for serving them.


He said that "the Ministry of Health (MOH) spearheads the ministries which carry out these royal directives, and Allah willing, we are on the threshold of highly major expansion serving the citizen and patient in the MOH. And even if partly, it achieves and fulfills the directives of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, may Allah protect him, towards this giving nation. Further, this budget is earmarked for many projects of the healthcare in terms of the hospitals, health centers, polyclinics, or specialized centers. All of them materialize the principles of justice, balance, and inclusiveness called for by the Custodian of the two Holy Mosques."

Meanwhile, he lauded the partnership between the governmental and private sector, and that they work together for serving the nation and citizen, pointing out that the Kingdom, led by the Custodian of the two Holy Mosques, may Allah protect him, sees a great expansion in the governmental and private health sector. He also added that Allah willing, in the next years, we will achieve a quantitative and qualitative expansion in a manner that provides an integrated, inclusive healthcare reaching the hoped-for level, Allah willing.


As regards the role of the MOH regarding expanding the services of the private health sector, he emphasized that the MOH sees that the private health sector provides key services, and it is part and parcel of the inclusive health sector in the Kingdom, as well as its being strategic partner to the MOH. He went on to add that the MOH provides many services; at the top of it and in collaboration with the Ministry of Finance offering up to SR two hundred million in loans for establishing the private hospitals, as well as facilitating and speeding the licensing process, and striking balance in terms of allocation in the private sector and the governmental sector. In addition to this, the MOH purchases the service from the private sector; for the sake of the citizen; and to abridge the shortage the governmental sector witnesses whether in the emergency sections, intensive care, dialysis services, orlong-term care. He went on to stress that this integrity as a whole is in the best interest of serving this nation and the citizen, drawing the attention to the fact that the MOH keeps on purchasing medicines, and as long as there is a need, there will be purchasing.


As far as the chairman of the board of directors of Dallah Hospital, Eng. Tarek Al-Qasbi is concerned, he commended the boundless support provided by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, may Allah protect him, for this key sector, highlighting the importance of investing in the health sector; in order to push the MOH's efforts aiming to advance the health services. He also extended his thanks and gratitude to HE the Minister of Health for his great interest in developing the entire health sectors.


He went on to add that "this hospital was built in response to the increasing, pressing need in terms of the pediatrics, especially the specialized sections. It includes 26 pediatricclinics, 70 clinical beds, 27 newborn intensive carebeds, and 4pediatric intensive care beds. Also, the physicians of the Dallah Hospital for Children oversee 70 nursery beds in the Dallah Hospital for obstetrics& gynecology.


He also added that the hospital involves subspecialties contributing to advancing the level of the medical services provided for childhood group; to the effect that it includes 11 pediatric specialties, such as cardiology, orthopedic surgery, urinary tract and kidney, neurology, digestive system diseases, chest diseases, and psychiatry. This integrated system is supervised by 16 consulting physicians and 12 specialists, assisted by nine interns. 




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