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Qassim: 30+ Thousand Students Served by "Prevent Tooth Caries" Initiative
22 January 2018

Qassim Health Affairs has concluded the first stage of the national initiative on "Prevent Tooth Caries", where 30,563 students were served in target schools.

"A comprehensive program was developed to cover all target schools; thus, 100% of target students were served in the first stage", stated the Affairs. This initiative is designed to provide anti-decay therapeutic programs, in line with MOH's objectives to reduce tooth caries to avoid complications at older age.

According to statistical data shared by Qassim Health Affairs, 17,610 students were trained how to use toothbrush and 14,413 students were coached by the fluoride application programs to prevent tooth caries. The first stage targeted 381 schools across the region.

On the other hand, over the past week, the 937-Service Center handled 4,375 notifications, including 194 hospital transfer requests. The Center also provided 16,345 medical consultations, and received 36,608 incoming calls, including 14, 371 inquiries and 1, 323 requests for smoking cessation treatment.

The Center provides a range of distinctive services, including inquiries about MOH’s services, outgoing and incoming transactions, health services, medical consultations, and hospital transfer requests based on the medical need, in addition to complaints against public and private health facilities. Also, the center receives all patients’ health-related calls, all complaints 24/7, and refers them to the concerned departments at MOH or its branches, as well as all emergency calls; thus, serving as a listening ear for patients to identify their needs and requirements and to meet them.

It is worth mentioning that the 937-Service Center is one of the most important MOH’s initiatives. It aims to provide medical services through its toll-free number, which can be accessed throughout the Kingdom. The center operates based on listening, response, implementation, and analysis. The performance of regional Health Affairs is evaluated by closing citizens' reports and their satisfaction with the services provided. This assessment is published weekly and directly supervised by the Minister of Health.​




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