By Mohammed Al-Harbi, Arab News Staff
Published — Monday 28 October 2002
Last Update 28 October 2002 3:00 am
RIYADH, 28 October — Crown Prince Abdullah, deputy premier and commander of the National Guard, will inaugurate the SR1.2 billion Prince Sultan Humanitarian City, one of the world’s largest medical projects to offer rehabilitation services, here on Wednesday.
Established by Prince Sultan Charitable Foundation, the city offers rehabilitation services to people of special needs including elderly and children. The facility is located in Binban, a small community about 30 km north of the capital and covers an area of 1.2 million square meters.
"Prince Sultan, second deputy premier and minister of defense and aviation, has allocated revenues of some properties to finance the city’s operation and ensure continuity of its services," said Prince Faisal ibn Sultan, the charity’s secretary-general.
"The city will also accept donations from philanthropists who wish to bear treatment expenses of patients," Prince Faisal told a press conference. He said the hospital will not take any fees from poor patients.
"The fees at the city will depend on the treatment and will be much less than at private hospitals," he said. The city will also hold talks with health insurance companies to benefit from their services.
The city will deliver specialized and comprehensive care to patients with disabilities. The project includes a recovery center, a center for the care of the elderly, a child development center and an education and training center.
The foundation runs a number of projects within and outside the Kingdom. They include the Sultan Science and Technology Center in Alkhobar, an innovative project under development that will provide opportunities for youth to learn about science and technology.
In combining medicine, science and technology, Medunet (Sultan Bin Abdulaziz Medical and Educational Telecommunications Program), utilizes state of the art telecommunications facilities. These facilities were created to provide access to medical research resources in cooperation with major universities and research centers around the world.
In order to provide education and understanding of the Arab and Islamic culture, the foundation established the Sultan Continuing Education Program at the Gulf University in Bahrain and the Sultan Arab & Islamic Studies Program at the University of California, Berkeley. The foundation has three housing projects in Tabuk, Hail and Asir.