Health Ministry: Regardless of nationality, vaccines free for all children in Saudi Arabia

Updated 12 January 2018
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Health Ministry: Regardless of nationality, vaccines free for all children in Saudi Arabia

JEDDAH: An official refuted rumors that the Health Ministry would impose charges on expats for their children’s vaccinations at state medical centers.
Speaking to Arab News, the spokesman for the Jeddah General Directorate of Health Affairs, Abdullah Al-Ghamdi, confirmed that the necessary vaccines are given to all expats and Saudis, alike, for free.
“All children on Saudi soil are equal in this regard. We offer children the vaccines that can protect them against particular diseases, regardless of their nationalities,” he said.
A report by the General Authority for Statistics has disclosed that there were more than 560,000 non-Saudi children in the 0-4 age group living in the Kingdom in the first half of 2017.
A front-line staff member at a private medical center told Arab News that a child’s package of vaccinations could cost their parents up to SR4,000 ($1,067) until they enter school at the age six.
Statistically, if all expats are assumed to take their children to government medical facilities to get their periodic vaccines, it can be deduced that Saudi Arabia has spent more than SR2.24 billion in a period over 1,460 days to immunize foreign workers’ children against certain communicable diseases.


‘Saudi Arabia is symbol of humanitarian action in world’

Since 2007 the total Saudi financial contributions to international organizations and bodies amounted to $1.9 billion. (SPA)
Updated 24 October 2018
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‘Saudi Arabia is symbol of humanitarian action in world’

  • Al-Rabeeah said that Saudi Arabia’s humanitarian, development and charitable assistance had helped nations

JEDDAH: Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah, general supervisor of the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) said that Saudi Arabia is a symbol of humanitarian action in the world and a shining example in providing assistance to needy countries and supporting the affected peoples throughout its glorious history.
He said that, since 2007, the total Saudi financial contributions to international organizations and bodies amounted to $1.9 billion, while the total humanitarian, development and charitable projects amounted to $33 billion, and the total assistance provided by the Kingdom was worth $35 billion.
Al-Rabeeah said that the Kingdom’s humanitarian, development and charitable assistance had helped nations such as Afghanistan, Jordan, Sudan, Somalia, Iraq, Morocco, Niger, Yemen, Indonesia, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Tanzania among others.