New health budget ‘will boost care for citizens’

Updated 05 February 2014
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New health budget ‘will boost care for citizens’

Minister of Health Abdullah Al-Rabeeah said on Tuesday that the new budget allocation for the coming year would help the ministry improve services for citizens and residents throughout the Kingdom.
Al-Rabeeah thanked Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah and Crown Prince Salman, deputy premier and minister of defense, for the “generous allocations,” which include financing for two medical cities in Makkah and the Eastern Province.
“The Health Ministry will strive to use the budgetary allocations in the best possible manner, in line with the national project for integrated and comprehensive health care. It also wants to achieve the noble values of fairness, equality and universality in the distribution of health services, with ease of access in all parts of the Kingdom,” said Al-Rabeeah.
Al-Rabeeah said the ministry last year opened 15 new hospitals across the country, adding 3,450 more beds. The ministry plans to launch more hospitals and medical towers with 8,160 beds this year. It also plans to build special centers and health facilities for heart surgery and the treatment of tumors. It is currently building 93 primary health care centers and two medical city projects in the northern and southern regions, he said.
Ahmed Al-Biz, undersecretary at the ministry for engineering affairs, said the budget allocation would see a more even distribution of services in the country by taking into account the population in each area. He said the ministry has a strategic plan to have services on par with advanced countries in five years.
The 132 hospital projects currently underway would see the ministry create a total of 38,739 beds in the country, with the number going up to 72,525 beds in 2019. The ministry would also commission 24 hospitals this year, Al-Biz said.
The three medical city projects underway include King Faisal City to serve the people in the southern provinces, King Fahd City in Riyadh and Prince Muhammad City for the northern provinces. The ministry would soon launch King Abdullah Medical City in Makkah province, while preparations are underway to launch King Khaled Medical city in the Eastern Province, Al-Biz said.
He said the challenges faced by the health sector include the rising cost of services because of expensive equipment, the increasing cost of qualified personnel, and the growing population.
Sami Badawood, director of Jeddah Health Affairs, said the new health projects this coming fiscal year include the commissioning of the East Jeddah Hospital with 300 beds within four months, a maternity and children’s hospital in north Jeddah, a mental health hospital with 500 beds in Asfan north of the city, a medical tower project at the Specialist Ophthalmic Hospital, and a central blood bank in the Suleimaniya district.
New projects in the budget for next year include 200 dental clinics — 100 in north Jeddah and 100 in the south of the city. There would also be new centers for tuberculosis, x-ray therapy, nuclear medicine, and rehabilitation and physical therapy in north Jeddah.
A source at the ministry said 4,723 people were sent abroad for advanced treatment at a cost of more than SR1 billion in 2013. This includes 2,781 sent by the Higher Medical Board and others on the orders of the King. They received treatment in countries including the United States, Britain, Germany and China.


MiSK, Qiddiya team up for internship program 

Updated 25 March 2019
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MiSK, Qiddiya team up for internship program 

  • Interns will work on entertainment mega-project
  • Program open to university seniors and new graduates

RIYADH: A new internship program for young Saudis has been launched in the Kingdom, following a partnership between Misk Foundation and the Qiddiya Investment Company (QIC).

The program runs from June 16 to Aug. 31, 2019, and provides an opportunity for university seniors and recent graduates to be part of Qiddiya, an entertainment mega-project located 40 minutes from Riyadh.

Interns will have the chance to work at Qiddiya’s corporate offices alongside professionals from around the world and will be placed across 12 departments.

They will learn and develop skills that are required to succeed in their professional lives.

They will also gain exposure to QIC’s culture and learn from executives with over 20 years of experience across several sectors. 

QIC CEO Mike Reininger said: “We are contributing directly to the Saudi Vision (2030 reform plan) by creating a richer lifestyle for Saudi citizens while spurring innovation in the creative, hospitality and entertainment sectors. This unique opportunity allows students and fresh graduates to experience what it takes to be part of the change in Saudi by giving them the chance to work alongside a group of both local and international seasoned professionals. Thanks to this partnership with MiSK, we will be training the next generation of industry leaders.” 

Application to the program is open for those with fewer than two years of professional experience. Candidates must show strong academic credentials and submit a short video as part of their application.

King Salman led the Qiddiya ground-breaking ceremony in front of a global audience last April.

The project is aimed at helping to stem the $30 billion a year which Saudis currently spend abroad on tourism, and has the backing of the Kingdom’s Public Investment Fund.

It targets local, regional and international tourists and will be Saudi Arabia’s preeminent entertainment, sports and cultural destination.

It is expected to be the world’s largest entertainment city by 2030, with a total area of 334 square kilometers, surpassing Walt Disney World in Florida, which is only 110 sq. km.