Saudi health projects hit by land shortage
Riyadh, February 16, 2014
Saudi Arabia’s Health Ministry has not been able to implement 220 new health projects owing to a shortage of land, said a report.
King Abudullah, the Custodian of the two Holy Mosques, has ordered the government to provide land for the ministry in the north and east of Riyadh, Dr Abdullah Al-Rabeeah was quoted as saying in an Arab News report.
The ministry's other challenge over the past Haj season was the danger of an H1N1 outbreak in the kingdom, he said.
Dr Al-Rabeeah pointed out that a proposal to introduce commercial health insurance in the kingdom and to make sure it benefits citizens, are being discussed.
The other programmes that the ministry would provide include the home medicine programme, one-day surgery services, visiting doctors and a service purchase programme, he said.
As many as 26 new hospitals are set to open this year across the kingdom, said the report.
It will include five new medical cities that include hospitals for tumours, nerves, heart surgery, organ transplants, and eye treatment, with a capacity of 6,200 beds, said the minister
The ministry is also set to establish large dental clinics across the country, and would also buy dialysis services from the private sector at a cost of SR1.9 billion ($506.5 million). - TradeArabia News Service