Saudi health minister: Rented medical facilities will not exist in 6 years

Updated 17 November 2017
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Saudi health minister: Rented medical facilities will not exist in 6 years

RIYADH: Minister of Health Tawfiq Al-Rabiah confirmed the ministry’s desire to provide distinguished health services and expected that all rented centers will not be exist in six years.

This will be a major focus in the development of health services during the coming period.

Dr. Al-Rabiah on Thursday inaugurated design models for new primary health care centers in the neighborhoods of Al-Sulaymaniyah, Al-Wadi, Al-Khaleej, Al-Murabba and Al-Mansoura.

The minister stressed that these centers are typical and that all newly built centers of the ministry will be rehabilitated and replaced with similar models.

He also pointed out that if 200 new centers are built each year, all leased centers will be transferred to owned ones within six years due to their large numbers in the Kingdom.

“We are not just talking about buildings, we are talking about the operation of these buildings, the professionalism of providing a service and developing it, which is part of the system we are working on. Undoubtedly, this development takes time and several years given the magnitude of the work,” he said.

The minister also said that the primary health care centers are operated by specialized family doctors who assess cases that need to be transferred to hospitals for a specific specialty.

“Therefore, they are the first line of defense and they contribute to providing and dispensing treatment in a short period, which is the accepted practice around the world,” he concluded.


Trump slams rush to condemn Saudi Arabia over Jamal Khashoggi disappearance

Updated 11 min 42 sec ago
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Trump slams rush to condemn Saudi Arabia over Jamal Khashoggi disappearance

  • ‘I think we have to find out what happened first’
  • ‘Here we go again with, you know, you’re guilty until proven innocent. I don’t like that’

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump on Tuesday criticized rapidly mounting global condemnation of Saudi Arabia over the mystery of missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi, warning of a rush to judgment and echoing the Saudis’ request for patience.

In an interview with The Associated Press, Trump compared the case of Khashoggi to the allegations of sexual assault leveled against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh during his confirmation hearing.

“I think we have to find out what happened first,” Trump said. “Here we go again with, you know, you’re guilty until proven innocent. I don’t like that. We just went through that with Justice Kavanaugh and he was innocent all the way as far as I’m concerned.”

The Oval Office interview came not long after Trump spoke Tuesday with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. He spoke by phone a day earlier with King Salman.

After speaking with the king, Trump floated the idea that “rogue killers” may have been responsible for the disappearance. The president told the AP on Tuesday that that description was informed by his “feeling” from his conversation with Salman and that the king did not use the term.

“It sounded to me, maybe these could have been rogue killers,” Trump said.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is now in Turkey and has met with President Recep Tayipp Erdogan after the senior US diplomat’s talks with King Salman and the crown prince in Riyadh on the case of Khashoggi.

Pompeo had a brief meeting with the king before a lengthy, 40-minute discussion with the crown prince.

“We are strong and old allies. We face our challenges together,” the crown prince said as he warmly welcomed Pompeo to the Saudi capital.

Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs Adel Al-Jubeir also had talks with Pompeo. “The secretary and the foreign minister agreed on the importance of a thorough, transparent, and timely investigation,” State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said later.

Khashoggi, a Saudi citizen who lived in the US, disappeared on Oct. 2 after visiting the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul to complete paperwork related to his divorce. Saudi Arabia and Turkey have set up a joint team to investigate the disappearance.