Saudi health ministry’s 937 Service Center gets over 160k calls in one week

The 937 Service Center is one of the ministry’s key initiatives and aims to provide medical services. (Shutterstock)
Updated 19 February 2019
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Saudi health ministry’s 937 Service Center gets over 160k calls in one week

  • The 937 Service Center is one of the ministry’s key initiatives and aims to provide medical services through its toll-free number to international standards

JEDDAH: The Saudi Ministry of Health’s 937 Service Center received 160,845 calls from throughout the Kingdom last week, officials reported on Sunday.
According to the ministry, these calls included 42,737 medical consultations, 10,775 complaints, 235 transfer requests from one hospital to another, 44,641 inquiries, and 62,457 appointment requests.
The 937 Service Center provides a range of services, including the ministry’s updates, health services, emergency calls, medical consultation, hospital transfer requests, and complaints about public and private health facilities in the Kingdom.
The 937 Service Center is one of the ministry’s key initiatives and aims to provide medical services through its toll-free number to international standards. Boosting the health care services in the Kingdom is an integral part of Vision 2030.


‘I’ve been waiting to get to Saudi Arabia for years’: Akon tells Asharqiah crowd

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‘I’ve been waiting to get to Saudi Arabia for years’: Akon tells Asharqiah crowd

  • “First thing tomorrow morning, I’m headed to Makkah to perform Umrah” Akon said 
  • He entertained the crowd with some of his most popular hits at the Asharqiah Music Festival

DAMMAM: American rapper Akon captivated a packed crowd at the Asharqiah Music Festival on Friday, opening up the second night of musical festivities at Sharqiah Season with a special shout-out to Saudi Arabia.

“You have no idea, I’ve been waiting to get to Saudi for years, man,” Akon said, before launching into his song, “Gunshot.” Later, he told the crowd: “I’m seeing a tremendous change in Saudi Arabia here tonight."

At 8 p.m., under a bright moon on a beautifully cool night, Akon began his set, delighting fans who had spent over 10 minutes chanting his name in anticipation of his arrival.

He entertained the crowd with some of his most popular hits, including “Smack That,” “Mr. Lonely” and “Sorry: Blame It On Me.” And he wrapped things up with “I love you, Saudi... thank you for making me feel at home."

Backstage before the concert, Akon told Arab News how excited he was to be in Saudi Arabia for the first time. He was especially excited to visit one Saudi city in particular.

“First thing tomorrow morning, I’m headed to Makkah to perform Umrah.”