400-bed Saudia hospital to boost health services in Jeddah

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Updated 18 February 2013
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400-bed Saudia hospital to boost health services in Jeddah

Saudi Arabian Airlines announced yesterday that it has started work on a 400-bed super specialty hospital in Jeddah to meet medical requirements of its 150,000-strong community including retired workers.
“The new hospital named Medical will be established on an area of 35,000 square meters and will have all specialty clinics with advanced facilities,” said Abdullah Al-Ajhar, Saudia’s vice president for public relations.
Located on the western side of Saudia City in Jeddah, the new hospital will start operation in 2017 and will be managed by a specialized international company. It will boost health services in Jeddah.
“The project is planned in line with Saudia’s privatization program, which has reached advanced stages,” Al-Ajhar said, adding that the new hospital would also provide its services to citizens and residents other than the airline’s employees.
The Saudia Medical Center will have all specializations, clinics and advanced laboratory facilities and will contribute to the Kingdom’s development, said Al-Ajhar. It will employ qualified Saudi medical cadre.
Dr. Muhammad Bafaqeeh, CEO of the Strategic Medical Service Unit at the airline, said the new hospital would provide its services to employees of various companies and strategic units under Saudia as well as other firms and individuals.
In the initial stage, the hospital will have 400 beds, which could be increased at a later stage. It will allocate 25 beds for maternity, 48 for children, 96 for surgery, 142 for internal medicine, 24 for intensive care, 24 cardiac intensive care, 10 pediatric intensive care and 15 for premature babies.
“The hospital will have 10 surgical operation rooms, 20 observation rooms, seven labor rooms and 26 beds in the emergency ward including six for children,” Faqeeh said.
Saudia has already privatized a number of strategic units including Catering, Cargo and Ground Services. The privatization of Saudi Aerospace Engineering Industries has reached its final stages. It intends to make Prince Sultan Aviation Academy an international training center as part of its privatization.
“We are making intensive preparations for the privatization of the core airline unit by modernizing its fleet and developing its technical infrastructure,” said Al-Ajhar. The airline has appointed international experts and consulting firms to assist in speeding up the privatization process.


Saudi Arabia's KSRelief distributes assistance to Syrian refugees in Lebanon

KSRelief distributed assistance to Syrian refugees. (SPA/file)
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Saudi Arabia's KSRelief distributes assistance to Syrian refugees in Lebanon

  • KSRelief seeks to ensure that the living conditions of Syrian refugees are in accordance with international specifications
  • The center also distributed 3,500 cartons of dates in the villages of Izzala Al-Jumah in Yemen

JEDDAH: The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) distributed humanitarian aid including birth kits, personal bags and baby blankets to Syrian female refugees staying in Osman Hospital and Central Hospital in Kattermaya, Kharoub province of Lebanon on Friday.

This distribution is within the framework of the assistance provided by the center for displaced Syrians and refugees in neighboring countries. 

KSRelief seeks to ensure that the living conditions of Syrian refugees are in accordance with international specifications through various relief programs. 

Earlier, winter blankets, jackets, jumpers, hats and other items were distributed to meet the basic needs of refugee families.

The center also distributed 3,500 cartons of dates in the villages of Izzala Al-Jumah in Al-Mukha directorate in Taiz governorate, benefiting 21,000 people.

In addition, 36 trucks with 469,483 kg of relief, shelter and medicines crossed Al-Wadiaa border on Thursday evening as part of the KSRelief plan to help Yemenis.

Of this total, 26 trucks with 500 food baskets, weighing 375 tons, in addition to 43,173 kg of shelter items, will be heading to Maareb province, and ten trucks carrying 42,221 kg of shelter items and 9.89 tons of medications will go to Aden.

On Thursday, the Bahraini Royal Charity Foundation and the Khalifa bin Zayed Foundation for Humanitarian Affairs signed an MoU for the establishment of the Bahrain Health Center in Aden, Yemen, at a cost of $2 million, in the presence of Ahmed bin Ali Al-Bayez, assistant general supervisor of operations and programs at KSRelief, and a number of officials. SPA, Jeddah