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.


Makkah Route: Health services presented to Hajjis in their home countries

Updated 21 July 2019
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Makkah Route: Health services presented to Hajjis in their home countries

  • 257,981 pilgrims benefited from the "preventive services" since the new initiative’s launch

RIYADH: One of the services provided by the Makkah Route initiative, which aims to smooth the Hajj journey of pilgrims and provide top-quality service, is to ensure that all health requirements are met.

The Communication, Relations and Health Awareness General Department of the Ministry of Health is implementing the initiative in two ways. 

The first is to ensure that the proper application of the health requirements for Hajj and Umrah is followed in targeted countries before issuing the Kingdom’s entry visa (Malaysia, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Pakistan, and Tunisia). 

The second is to check that preventive measures are taken according to the world’s epidemiological situation, for instance in Pakistan.

“Preventive measures” mean, for example, providing polio vaccines for pilgrims. The vaccine, approved by the World Health Organization (WHO), is provided through the Pakistani health authorities at the departure area of the airport.

“The ministry is also deploying a team of five people qualified to supervise the application of health requirements and assess the vaccination procedure and the application of preventive measures,” the department added.   


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The Makkah Route initiative aims to ensure that the proper application of the health requirements for Hajj and Umrah is followed in targeted countries before issuing the Kingdom’s entry visa.

The initiative also ensures that preventive measures are taken according to the world’s epidemiological situation, for instance in Pakistan.

The workforce at the different land, air, and sea entry/exit points during this year’s Hajj season numbers more than 1,700 individuals.

The teams include 131 experienced doctors, general health specialists, epidemiological monitors, and other staff to provide the necessary treatment and preventive services to pilgrims.


The ministry’s procedures in the departure hall include prepping emergency clinics at the points where Makkah Route pilgrims are received. 

These clinics deal with urgent cases, prepare awareness information for pilgrims and coordinate with the General Authority of Civil Aviation regarding their distribution on the targeted airlines.

The workforce at the different land, air, and sea entry/exit points during this year’s Hajj season numbers more than 1,700 individuals, including 131 experienced doctors, general health specialists, epidemiological monitors, and other staff to provide the necessary treatment and preventive services to pilgrims.

The ministry stated that the number of health practitioners assigned to the service of pilgrims during Hajj “is more than 30,000.”

The ministry encourages volunteering during the Hajj season; it believes that it is a very important and noble service toward fellow citizens, nations and the religion, where Islam highly encourages volunteering and serving others.

The ministry is coordinating the major institutions and commissions via its Hajj volunteering link to register volunteers so that they can participate through the societal partnership program.

The missions affiliated with the pilgrim’s affairs offices provide basic treatment services and refer patients to the ministry’s health facilities, keeping an eye on the overall health situation and reporting any suspicious infectious diseases. 

The ministry monitors all the health institutions and medical missions affiliated with the pilgrim’s affairs offices to make sure the health requirements are being properly applied, to ensure pilgrims’ safety and guarantee an environment free of infectious diseases.

The Health Ministry has confirmed that so far that there has been no incidence of any epidemic diseases or quarantine cases recorded among pilgrims, who arrived and the health situation is reassuring.

Since the first of Dul Qaada, the ministry has provided preventive services, via access points, to 257,981 pilgrims, with a total rate of commitment to vaccination reached  87.4 percent for meningitis, 67.3 percent for yellow fever and 95.3 percent for polio.