SR 15.1 bn cash injection for 22 health projects

Updated 26 April 2013

SR 15.1 bn cash injection for 22 health projects

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah has allocated SR 15.1 billion for 22 new health projects throughout the Kingdom.
This was announced by Health Minister Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah in Riyadh. He said the new allocation had been made by the king, in addition to the earlier allotment of SR 16 billion for five medical cities as well as the annual budget allocation. 
The Kingdom reported a record surplus budget of SR 9 billion for 2013, projecting expenditure at SR 820 billion and revenues at SR 829.
The budget allocated SR 285 billion for new projects, SR 204 billion for education, SR 100 billion for health, SR 65 billion for transport and SR 57 billion for water, industries and agriculture.
The minister said the budget carried a package of pledges for the health care sector in the Kingdom, which included more Primary Healthcare Centers (PHCs), new hospitals and facilities.
Under the budget, Al-Rabeeah said that more PHCs will be opened in the regions to reach people in every corner of the Kingdom.
Currently, the MoH maintains more than 2,000 PHCs in the 20 health regions of the Kingdom. 
Al-Rabeeah said that the king had ordered the construction of 19 medical complexes, including hospitals and three health facilities for mentally disabled and autistic children. 
He also indicated that the king has ordered the acquisition of land plots for various upcoming health projects.
The government is also keen on developing facilities in the existing primary health care centers throughout the Kingdom.
Under the new directives, Al-Rabeeah said a new medical investment company will be formed under the aegis of the Public Investment Fund of the Ministry of Finance.
A feasibility study will be carried out for the creation of such a company and the report will be sent to higher authorities for final approval. 

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

Updated 26 April 2018

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.