MOH shuts down 9 private health facilities in Riyadh

Updated 21 November 2012
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MOH shuts down 9 private health facilities in Riyadh

The Ministry of Heath shut down nine private health facilities in Riyadh yesterday. The five medical complexes, two polyclinics and two optical clinics were found to be in violation of ministry regulations.
Operations at the facilities will be suspended until they meet ministry standards.
Health Minister, Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah, ordered the move as part of a crackdown on health facilities that fail to meet ministry standards.
A ministry spokesperson said the suspension orders were served on facilities for violation of medical permits and failure to renew medical licenses.
He said the action clearly shows the ministry’s concern for the safety of citizens and residents. He warned negligence on the part of health providers will not be tolerated and action will be taken by the ministry against those in violation.
Ministry inspectors had visited health facilities around the capital and orders to shut down were issued based on their findings. The spokesperson said the closures are temporary and dependent on follow up by the medical facilities in question.
On Sunday, the health minister ordered a hospital closed following the death of the eight-year-old son of Sheikh Yusuf Jameel, due to a fatal medical error during surgery. The recommendation was supported by a medical committee of intensive care consultants, surgeons and anesthetists, who studied the case after a complaint by his distraught parents.
In the last year, the Ministry of Health has closed 30 medical facilities, 15 polyclinics, 29 pharmacies, 27 optical clinics and five physiotherapy centers in violation of ministry regulations. During the same period, the ministry fined violators SR 3.75 million, including SR 1.98 million from pharmacies.


Saudi Arabia’s King Salman will patronize the launch of the Qiddiya Project

Updated 24 April 2018
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Saudi Arabia’s King Salman will patronize the launch of the Qiddiya Project

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman will patronize on Wednesday the launch of the “Qiddiya” Project which is the new entertainment, sports and cultural destination in the Kingdom.
The project will be built in Al-Giddiya area, some 40 km west of the capital, Riyadh.
The foundation stone ceremony of will be attended by a host of local and international officials, as well as a number of decision-makers, major investors and representatives of the regional and international companies, marking the launch of the project’s formal infrastructure. The first phase will be completed by 2022.
In a statement to Saudi Press Agency (SPA), Dr. Fahd bin Abdullah Tounsi, Secretary General of the Foundation Council of the Qiddiya Project of the Public Investment Fund (PIF) said that the inauguration of this vital project is a real translation of the aspirations of the Kingdom’s wise leadership and its relentless efforts to develop mega projects that would contribute effectively to achieve many direct and indirect economic returns, and to advance sustainable development for the benefit of the homeland and the citizen, in accordance with the Kingdom’s Vision 2030.
“About two-thirds of the Kingdom’s population is under the age of 35. There is a great need for Qiddiya Project to provide them with entertainment. The project will save about $30 billion, which will be used to develop the domestic economy and create new job opportunities for Saudi youths,” he added.
For his part, Michael Reininger, Chief Executive of Qiddiya, said, “we are delighted to be a key contributor to boost the Kingdom’s economic development and investment, not only for the entertainment industry but also to projects that will develop the capabilities the young Saudi people.”