KSRelief reports on vital support for Yemeni hospitals

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Al-Salam Hospital was established in 1982, at the expense of Saudi Arabia, and equipped with the most modern medical equipment. (Supplied)
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Al-Salam Hospital was established in 1982, at the expense of Saudi Arabia, and equipped with the most modern medical equipment. (Supplied)
Updated 11 September 2018
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KSRelief reports on vital support for Yemeni hospitals

  • The KSRelief is continuing to support medical services for Yemeni patients at Al-Salam hospital in Saada and Al Saudi hospital in Hajjah

JEDDAH/RIYADH: The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) is continuing to provide health services to Yemeni patients by supporting Al-Salam Hospital in Saada governorate and the Saudi Hospital in Hajjah governorate.
The center has completed supplying the two hospitals with medical equipment and supplies and providing all health services, under the directions of King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
Abdulmajeed Al-Humaydhi, a spokesman at the center, said on Tuesday: “The KSRelief provides essential medical equipment and supplies to hospitals and other health care facilities throughout Yemen, providing invaluable assistance to the country’s health sector.” 
The KSRelief is continuing to support medical services for Yemeni patients at Al-Salam hospital in Saada and Al Saudi hospital in Hajjah, he added.
A report from the center on the first half of 2018 said that at Al-Salam Hospital 391,171 were treated as outpatients and 8,689 were hospitalized. It carried out 2,990 surgeries, 30,928 x-rays, 271,708 laboratory tests and issued 284,616 prescriptions.
At the Saudi Hospital 218,725 people visited outpatient clinics while 3,792 patients were hospitalized. It carried out 3,850 surgical operations, 24,975 x-rays, 215,755 laboratory tests and 222,470 prescriptions.
Al-Salam Hospital was established in 1982, at the expense of Saudi Arabia, and equipped with the most modern medical equipment. An annual budget was allocated so that the hospital was able to offer high-quality medical services, surgical operations and free medication throughout the governate.
The hospital demonstrates the decades-long strong and solid ties between the Kingdom and Yemen.
Al-Salam Hospital is the only hospital providing services for Saada and the neighboring governorates of Amran and Al-Jawf. It has 170 beds and treats more than 2,151 patients a day.
The Saudi Hospital, which was established in 1996, provides treatment and medication to all people in the governorate. It is considered one of the most important and best-equipped medical facilities in Hajjah. 
The hospital includes an intensive care unit, emergency rooms and clinics and has 150 beds.
The support comes within the diverse programs provided by the Kingdom through the KSRelief center to alleviate the suffering of Yemeni people.
Last week a medical team from the center visited Marib to investigate how to implement the initiative of King Salman for establishing specialized medical centers for critical cases and diseases facing the people and to establish a cardiac center in Marib.
KSRelief signed three executive agreements in July to provide medical treatment at private hospitals in Aden and Taiz for wounded and injured Yemenis and help provide comprehensive medical care for the injured patients.
Before the agreements, the KSRelief funded treatment for 5,697 injured and wounded Yemenis in private hospitals in Yemen.
In June the center announced three specialized medical teams to provide treatment to Yemenis in Marib, Taiz and Aden.
The medical team included a neurosurgeon, orthopedic surgeon, specialists in spinal surgery, ENT, plastic surgery and anesthesia.
All humanitarian assistance to Yemen is being provided under directives from the Saudi leadership.
“KSrelief, as the humanitarian representative of the Kingdom, understands the vital role played by the health care sector in alleviating human suffering, and will continue to carry out the Saudi leadership’s directives to provide the best possible quality of medical care to all Yemenis,” said the official.


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JEDDAH: Dr. Malak Abedalthagafi is a renowned Saudi scientist with expertise in diverse medical domains including anatomical and clinical pathology, molecular genetics pathology, neuropathology, surgical pathology and hematopathology.

She is a medical director at King Faisal Specialist Hospital International Holding Company and has been chair of the Genomics Research Department at King Fahd Medical City (KFMC) in Riyadh since 2017. 

Previously, she worked for four years as a consultant in molecular genetics and neuropathology at KFMC until September 2018. 

Moreover, Abedalthagafi has been an assistant research professor at King Abdul Aziz City for Science and Technology in Riyadh since February 2016. 

She earned several fellowships at the University of California, San Francisco, and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, a teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School. She has also written and published various reference papers in leading scientific journals. She was appointed lecturer at Harvard University’s Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. However, in 2014 Abedalthagafi decided to return to Saudi Arabia upon the announcement of the Saudi Genome Project. 

She graduated from King Abdul Aziz University and then pursued her postgraduate studies at Harvard, Georgetown, and Stanford Universities. She is specialized in neurology, anatomy, clinical and molecular genetics. 

She also obtained a master’s degree in business and medical management from Johns Hopkins University in 2010.   She was chosen by The Pathologist magazine for its list of the 100 most powerful advocates of pathology.