Saudi health care program carries out 31,152 visits in 2017

Updated 29 December 2017
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Saudi health care program carries out 31,152 visits in 2017

RIYADH: The Ministry of Health carried out 31,152 visits to patients in 2017 under the Home Health Care Program.
Dr. Ali Al-Ghamdi, director general of the program, said 320 medical teams averaged 2,000 visits per day this year.
“We treat those who are bedridden, terminally ill and cerebrovascular accident patients,” Al-Ghamdi, who is also a family physician consultant, told Arab News on Thursday.
He said if a person suffered from a cerebrovascular accident, blood could not enter a certain part of the brain and the patient would be unable to move the left or right side of their body.
He said that most of the bedridden patients were elderly and had multiple chronic conditions due to diabetes or hypertension.
The ministry has been implementing the program since 2009 in 213 hospitals in all regions and governorates of the Kingdom, and is currently serving 30,538 patients.
During the same period, 1,728 new patients were admitted while 7,440 were discharged from the service.
“I think the Health Ministry is rendering an invaluable service to patients under the program,” Al-Ghamdi said. “The patients are treated in their homes, where they can be with their families so they can have a positive psychological and social outlook on life.”
Through the program, the ministry was “also giving an opportunity to hospitals to admit more patients as we take patients home so that hospitals can accept more serious cases,” he added.
“The program visits homes as a health care team comprising a physician, two nurses, physiotherapist, dietitian and social workers,” said Al-Ghamdi, who has been with the ministry for 27 years.
The ministry has provided home health care services through a qualified health team to patients in their homes who meet the criteria in all regions and governorates.


Saudi Arabia’s King Salman says Kingdom is committed to serving Muslims

Updated 5 min 10 sec ago
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Saudi Arabia’s King Salman says Kingdom is committed to serving Muslims

  • Prince Khaled Al-Faisal gave a speech during the opening on the World Conference on Islamic Unity
  • Prince Khaled welcomed the participants at the conference and has delivered to them the greeting of the king

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman said on Wednesday that the Kingdom will continue its commitment and initiatives to achieve the hopes of Muslims around the world.

His speech was read on behalf of king by his royal adviser Prince Khaled Al-Faisal, Emir of Makkah during the opening on the World Conference on Islamic Unity on Wednesday, organized by the Muslim World League.

The conference, held under the patronage of King Salman, is held under the title of “Islamic Unity, Risks of Categorization and Exclusion” in Makkah.

Prince Khaled welcomed the participants at the conference and has delivered to them the greeting of the king.

He said he highly appreciated the convening of the Muslim elite scholars of this nation to this conference, in a show of their understanding of their legitimate duty to heal the rift threatening their nation.

He said the hopes of Saudi Arabia are built on these knowledgeable individuals to dismiss the rifts and achieve unity.

Prince Khaled stressed the need to overcome negativity burdening the present.