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King Khaled Hospital – Najran: Successful Corneal Transplant Ends the Suffering of a Citizen
30 November 2017
A team of ophthalmologists at King Khaled Hospital – Najran has successfully ended the sufferings of a citizen with keratoconus and myopia. According to Najran Health Affairs, the patient visited the Ophthalmology Center suffering from acute keratoconus (Class 4), cataract, and only 10% visual capacity. The patient needed an immediate corneal transplant. After due medical checkups and therapeutic procedures, by Allah's Grace, the patient had a successful corneal transplant in a 1-hour surgery. A week later, the patient visited the Center with 80% improvement of his condition.

It is worth noting that the Ophthalmology Center of King Khaled Hospital conducts four corneal transplants weekly, with 1,200 cataract surgeries done last year. More than 17,000 outpatients visited the Center, 1,036 variant surgeries were done by an elite of top experienced and efficient consultants. In addition, the Center conducts strabismus, corneal curvature, vision correction operations using laser and LASIK technology; thus, serving more than 3,000 patients since its inception in 2013.

It is also noteworthy that the Ministry of Health, in line with its contribution to achieve the target 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 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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