SR2.1bn projects to shore up Tabuk health facilities

Updated 20 August 2013
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SR2.1bn projects to shore up Tabuk health facilities

The cost of health projects currently undertaken in Tabuk Province stands at SR2.1 billion. The projects are to raise hospital capacities to nearly 2,475 beds, local media reported.
On receiving a briefing on the region’s health projects, Tabuk Gov. Prince Fahd bin Sultan stressed the need to provide necessary health requirements, including consultants, to both citizens and residents in their localities.
Health Affairs Director General Muhammad Ali Al-Tuwailae briefed the governor. He noted the importance of opening King Fahd Specialist Hospital (KFSH) in Tabuk, which is located within King Abdullah Medical Complex (KAMC).
During the briefing, the governor was told that the initial cost of operation and maintenance of the KAMC projects, including KFSH, has so far reached SR1.73 billion.
Giving a breakdown, Al-Tuwailae said the cost of construction, furnishing and staff housing of KFSH amounted to SR626 million, while the construction of a mental health hospital was approved with a budget estimated at SR200 million.
Other health facilities included a 200-bed gynecology and maternity hospital at the cost of SR409 million, specialized centers within the KAMC, including a 100-bed cardiac center at the cost of SR120 million (under award), the regional center for blood banks and poison center at SR60 million (under award), a dental center at SR20 million and a diabetics center costing SR7.5 million.
Another SR289.5 million was allocated for operation, maintenance and medical supplies to KFSH, with the overall bed capacity at the complex expected to reach 1,000 beds.
In the next two years, Tabuk Province is set to witness the addition of 1,400 beds with the opening of the KAMC and two hospitals in Dhuba and Amlaj, with the capacity of 100 beds each and the cost of SR400 million, the health affairs director general said.
Thirteen new medical centers are currently under construction at a cost of SR50 million and another 17 medical centers are in the pipeline for the region.


US victory in Women’s World Cup inspires female Arab footballers

Updated 27 min 30 sec ago
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US victory in Women’s World Cup inspires female Arab footballers

  • Members of Jeddah Eagles, a women’s football squad with 39 players, watched the July 7 WWC final in anticipation of an exciting finish

JEDDAH: Football fans around the world celebrated the recognition of women in sports after the recent FIFA Women’s World Cup (WWC) final match in Lyon, France, in which the US beat the Netherlands 2-0. One country where the US victory struck a powerful chord among female sports enthusiasts is Saudi Arabia.

Women are participating in sports in increasing numbers in the Kingdom as the reforms being introduced under the Vision 2030 plan enable women to take on different career paths.

Members of Jeddah Eagles, a women’s football squad with 39 players, watched the July 7 WWC final in anticipation of an exciting finish. In the end, they celebrated not only the US team’s victory but the recognition of women in sports as a whole. Members of the team talked to Arab News about how they have been inspired by the WWC.

BACKGROUND

Women are participating in sports in increasing numbers in Saudi Arabia as Vision 2030 reforms enable them to take on different career paths.

Johara Al-Sudairi, who has been playing for Jeddah Eagles as a winger since August 2017, said she is thrilled that football is gaining popularity among women in the Kingdom.

Fatimah Gari, who joined the team as a striker in 2014, was happy for her fellow female football players in the US for their victory.

“It is a very good feeling,” the 28-year-old Saudi told Arab News. “I wish one day we will have a Saudi team and will be in their place.”

The 16-year-old central midfielder believes Arab women would perform better than their male counterparts given the right support.

“With the right amount of funding and support, Arab women for sure can be better at playing,” she told Arab News.