Medical facilities closed for violations in Jeddah

Updated 28 November 2012
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Medical facilities closed for violations in Jeddah

After serious violations, 85 medical facilities in Jeddah were temporarily closed this year.
The facilities included 39 clinics, 36 pharmacies, four medical support centers and five wards in private hospitals in the period between Nov. 26, 2011 and Nov. 15 this year, Director of Health Affairs in Jeddah Sami Badawood told Al-Hayat daily. One private hospital was closed down permanently.
The punishments were meted out temporarily as the final closure of a hospital is the last resort when other measures fail.
“The health authorities adopt a graded approach while taking deterrent actions. First punishment is fining, the next step is the temporary closure of a facility that repeats its errors. The last step is the final closure of the facility,” Badawood said.
The director said a closed hospital would be permitted to reopen if it rectified all the violations it committed in the past, and after a committee of the ministry ensured that the conditions in the hospital were totally safe and in line with relevant regulations.
He said inspection officials of his department frequently made surprise visits to hospitals and other medical facilities.
“The inspection committee, which is comprised of officials from the health affairs department, civil defense and municipality, ensures that regulations governing health and safety arrangements are implemented in hospitals,” the official said.
The inspection visits are made three or four times a year to all establishments.
He added that the most common violation committed in hospitals was a lack of qualified personnel, especially consultant doctors.
He said some hospitals had more than one operation theater and intensive care wards under a single consultant. Such hospitals justify this kind of violation on the ground that it is hard to come by consultants in some areas of specialization.
Another commonly found violation is employing unqualified workers or personnel whose license to practice their profession had expired.
The recent closure of the Dr. Erfan and Bagedo hospital is not the first time a hospital was closed for medical mistakes in the Kingdom. A famous hospital in Riyadh was closed after 33 years of service in July. A medical compound was closed in Jeddah in September last year. A large hospital in Dammam was closed for weeks for fatal mistakes.
An earlier report of the Ministry of Health said 129 people died because of medical mistakes in 2009. According to another report, 21 patients died in Madinah city in 2010 and 20 patients died in Riyadh due to medical errors.


Saudi Arabia to send Syrians an additional $100 million of humanitarian aid

Updated 26 April 2018
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Saudi Arabia to send Syrians an additional $100 million of humanitarian aid

  • Total relief provided by the Kingdom since the war began now stands at about $1billion
  • Latest package announced by Foreign Minister Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir at conference in Brussels

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia will provide an additional $100 million of humanitarian aid to alleviate the suffering of the people of Syria, through the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center.

The announcement of the latest aid package was made by Minister of Foreign Affairs Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir on April 25 at an international conference on the future of Syria and the region, held in the Belgian capital Brussels. He pointed out that the meeting comes after the suspected chemical attack in the city of Douma, in eastern Ghouta, which killed dozens of civilians, including women and children.

“The world is facing a regime allied with terrorist militias who believe that spreading atrocities and committing crimes will bring victory to it, and that war crimes are bearing fruit,” said Al-Jubeir. “In addition to bombing civilians with explosive barrels, the policies of starvation and siege, ethnic and sectarian cleansing, and the demographic change of Syrian cities and towns, its use of chemical weapons have shocked the entire world.”

He said that the only acceptable solution to the Syrian crisis is a peaceful political resolution, and that Saudi Arabia has been working to achieve this since the crisis began, while also working with others to end the continuing human tragedy in the war-torn country.

The Kingdom has played a role in unifying the ranks of the Syrian opposition and encouraging them to speak with one voice, he added. After the Riyadh 1 Conference in 2015, Saudi Arabia hosted the Riyadh 2 conference for the Syrian opposition in November 2017, which succeeded in unifying the factions and establishing a negotiating body to take part in the rounds of talks held since then, earning praise from the United Nations.

The foreign minister also reiterated his country’s support for the efforts of the UN secretary-general’s envoy, Stephan de Mistura, to resume negotiations between all sides of the conflict.

“The Kingdom hopes that the agreements endorsed by the international resolutions on the ceasefire and the delivery of humanitarian aid to its beneficiaries will be implemented throughout Syria, regardless of their ethnic, religious, sectarian or political affiliations, and calls for the speedy release of detainees and abductees and clarifying the situation of those absent,” said Al-Jubeir. “It also renews its demand to punish individuals and institutions for war crimes and to prevent their impunity.”

He added that the worsening humanitarian crisis affecting refugees inside and outside of Syria should add to the urgency of finding a political solution and resuming the negotiating process as soon as possible.

Since the war began, the Kingdom has taken in about two and a half million Syrians and treats them like its own citizens, Al-Jubeir said, providing them with free health care, work and education. Saudi universities and schools have more than 140,000 Syrian students. He added that Saudi Arabia is also supporting and helping to care for of millions of Syrian refugees in Turkey, Jordan and Lebanon, in coordination with the governments of those countries. The humanitarian assistance provided so far totals about $1 billion.