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.


On track for 2030? Movers and shakers in KSA look ahead

Kingdom tower in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. (Shutterstock)
Updated 24 September 2018
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On track for 2030? Movers and shakers in KSA look ahead

  • “The comprehensiveness of Vision 2030 and the wider horizons it addresses positively transform the Saudi citizen’s life to become more integrative and enjoy new prosperity," says Dr. Saad Saleh Al-Rwaita.
  • Cybersecurity has a crucial role to play in accomplishing Vision 2030 objectives, explained Dr. Areej Alhogail.

RIYADH: Saudi Vision 2030 kicked off with the aim of boosting non-oil revenues through capitalizing on current assets, utilizing resources, and starting up new industries.

In order to reach the objectives outlined in the plan, government bodies have launched many initiatives, which have proceeded with the support of the private sector as firms have cooperated through developing their strategic plans, and overcome many challenges. 

The 88th Saudi National Day provides an opportunity not only to celebrate unification, but also to look back on the achievements of Vision 2030 and take stock of how it is paving the way to economic reforms while carving out enhanced influence for its citizens on the world stage.

Here both public and private sector leaders who contribute to the economic transition plan share their thoughts on Vision 2030. 

Homam Hashem, Chief Executive Officer at Kafalah Fund, a financing guarantee program for small- and medium-sized enterprises, commented: ”One of the main objectives of Vision 2030 is to increase the contribution of the SME private sector to 35% of GDP. Small and medium enterprises have a significant impact on raising growth rates by raising financing opportunities and providing ways of success for the advancement of the sector. The program has contributed by raising the ceiling of guarantees for regular guarantees and developing specialized programs for the sectors (tourism, working capital support, and emerging enterprises). It has also attracted new sectors such as businesswomen and promising regions by providing additional incentives and developing many incentives that contribute to support raising local lending rates for small and medium enterprises up to 20% by 2030. The focus was on supporting the sectors that are compatible with the Kingdom's vision 2030 and diversifying the means of support.” 

Dr. Fahad Al-Shathri, Deputy Governor of Supervision at the Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority (SAMA), said: “In view of the demographic challenges, Saudi Arabia cannot solely rely on the same economic model as during the past five decades, namely oil. Twelve years from now, I would expect the economy to be more dynamic and to have multiple sectors driving growth and job creation, including tourism and logistics. Entrepreneurship will be the central focus for young people in future, inspired by the great accomplishments of their peers. These will be the new drivers of the economy that Vision 2030 is aiming at, and we hope that everyone will strive to contribute to its success.”

As education will play a crucial role in the development of human capital in the Kingdom, we asked Alfaisal University president Dr. Mohammed Al-Hayaza for his take. The former Shoura Council member said: “The Ministry of Education has taken unprecedented measures to ensure that our institutes of higher education are both the best in the region and top-ranked internationally. Vision 2030 has developed job specifications for each field of education, and by utilizing these specifications Alfaisal University is closing the gap between the learning outcomes of higher education and that of the demands of the job market through continued targeted alignment.”

Dr. Saad Saleh Al-Rwaita, Vice-Rector for administrative and financial affairs at Prince Sultan University in Riyadh, commented: “The comprehensiveness of Vision 2030 and the wider horizons it addresses positively transform the Saudi citizen’s life to become more integrative and enjoy new prosperity. 

The Vision will safeguard the Kingdom against dependence on circumstantial changes of the natural resources market and being influenced by external factors that are beyond our control, while empowering the Kingdom to create change and exert influence that surpass the local reality to direct the international compass and take the initiative, particularly in the economic field, in order to guarantee a bright future for the future generations.”

Looking to the real estate sector, Ehab Al Dabbagh, CEO of real estate development firm Ijmal, said the industry was likely to see big changes in future: “Firstly, the demand for housing products would be met. Technology and industrial progression will play a major role in building a variety of eco-friendly housing products. Houses could be ordered through an online application and fabricated in weeks.”

Another vital contributor in Vision 2030 is the food industry. Engineer Abdul-Mohsen Al-Yahya, who founded the chain of fast food restaurants Kudo, and currently an investor in supply and support at the food sector, said: “From my own experience in food services for more than 30 years in Saudi Arabia, I believe that in future the food service sector will continue to grow with more investments, products diversity and quality will increase, while continuing to become an extension of economic growth in Saudi Arabia and a key industry generating employment opportunities.”

Cybersecurity has a crucial role to play in accomplishing Vision 2030 objectives, explained Dr. Areej Alhogail, assistant professor in the Department of Information Systems at Imam Muhammad bin Saud Islamic University in Riyadh, who sits on the Saudi group of information security, said: “The Kingdom has taken pioneering steps, such as establishing the National Cybersecurity Authority, the Saudi Federation for Cybersecurity, and allocating scholarships in the field of information security. (These initiatives) will enable the Kingdom to be at the forefront of countries in the field of cybersecurity by 2030, and will protect the local economy, perhaps attracting foreign investments in various fields of information to be the ideal environment of trained local professionals and advanced laboratories and legislation protection.”