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Center for treatment of MERS in Jeddah set

Arrangements are under way to make the King Abdullah Medical Complex in Jeddah a center for the treatment of MERS-CoV in the Kingdom.
Acting Health Minister Adel Fakeih has appointed Hamad Al-Dhewalia as the Chief Executive Officer of the complex with a view to transform the facility into a center of learning and treatment of the corona virus which has affected more than 500 people in the Kingdom.
The minister said that under the leadership of Al-Dhewalia he hopes to improve the medical complex to serve those who are affected by the virus using state-of-the-art technology.
Al-Dhewalia is a pharmacology graduate of the King Saud University. He completed his masters in business management at the University of Arizona in the US in 1988.
He has also served as director general of health services at the Saudi Aramco for a period of 29 years (1981-2009). Besides these positions, he was also engaged in serving the community through social service organizations throughout the Kingdom.
The hospital authorities, following the directives of the health minister, are ensuring that the corona virus center is fully furnished and equipped with separate rooms to treat infected patients supported by medical staff.
The minister said that the new facility will be a model center for the treatment of corona virus.
The King Abdullah Medical Complex includes the main hospital with a capacity of 500 beds, and is located on an area of ​​266,000 sqm.
It also includes a Maternity Hospital while additional construction works are ongoing to build 400 more beds and another 200 beds for eye care services.

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