Saudi Health Ministry: 937 Service Center receives over 172k calls

The service center aims to provide medical services through its toll-free number. (Shutterstock)
Updated 27 March 2019

Saudi Health Ministry: 937 Service Center receives over 172k calls

  • It aims to provide medical services through its toll-free number, which can be reached from all over Saudi Arabia

RIYADH: The 937 Service Center received 172,402 calls last week, Saudi Health Ministry said on Monday.
These calls included 11,151 complaints, 59,040 appointment requests, 192 hospital transfer requests, 42,343 medical consultations, and 59,676 inquiries, the ministry said.
The center provides a range of services, including the ministry’s updates, emergency calls, incoming and outgoing transactions, medical consultations, hospital transfer requests, as well as complaints about public and private health facilities in the Kingdom.
It is one of the most important initiatives launched by the Ministry of Health. It aims to provide medical services through its toll-free number, which can be reached from all over the Kingdom.


Saudi Arabia implements end to travel restrictions for Saudi women

Updated 20 August 2019

Saudi Arabia implements end to travel restrictions for Saudi women

  • Any person above the age of 21 does not need permission to travel
  • The rules were announced in a royal decree of sweeping reforms last month

RIYADH: New laws that mean Saudi women no longer require permission from a male guardian to travel or obtain a passport came into effect Tuesday.
The rules were announced in a royal decree of sweeping reforms last month. It means adult women can travel feely and exercise more control over family matters.
“The passports and civil status departments and their branches in all regions of the Kingdom have started to implement the amendments stipulated in the royal decree,” Saudi Press Agency reported.
The decree said every Saudi citizen had the right to obtain a passport, and limits the need for a guardian’s approval to minors only. 
The Kingdom has steadily removed some restrictions in recent years, including ending a ban on women driving last year.
The regulatory changes stipulated that a Saudi passport should be issued to any citizen who applies for it and that any person above the age of 21 does not need permission to travel.
They also granted women for the first time the right to register child birth, marriage or divorce and to be issued official family documents and be eligible as a guardian to children who are minors.