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.


Baby boy born in Arafat holy site during Hajj

Updated 21 August 2018
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Baby boy born in Arafat holy site during Hajj

JEDDAH: A baby boy was born at a holy site in Saudi Arabia while Muslim pilgrims were performing Hajj rituals on Monday.

A Saudi Press Agency report said a Jordanian woman gave birth to the baby at the Jabal Al-Rahma Hospital in Arafat .

Arafat, about 20 kilometers southeast of Makkah, is where Muslims performing Hajj go to pray on the ninth day of the month of Dhu al-Hijjah in the Islamic calendar for the most important part of the pilgrimage. 

The father named the child "Wadah" after the director of the hospital for his kind care and attention, the report said.

It added that the hospital's medical staff provided medical care for the child and his mother, who are both in good health.