Saudi Arabia to have five new medical cities

Updated 03 May 2015
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Saudi Arabia to have five new medical cities

The Ministry of Health operated 77 hospitals and medical towers with a capacity of 11,161 beds in the past five years, according to sources at the ministry.
A total of 295 hospitals with a total capacity of 38,970 beds are now operational.
Providing a report card of the last five years, the sources said more than 12 million people visited hospital outpatient clinics and 22 million to emergency rooms, while ministry hospitals performed about 475,000 surgeries and 270,000 deliveries.
The ministry is now preparing and operating 88 specialist centers with a 700-bed capacity throughout the country. Thirty-four centers for the treatment of heart, liver, diabetes and other medical conditions were established and operated over the past five years, said sources.
The ministry confirmed its commitment to expanding access to medical facilities and services throughout the Kingdom in order to reduce travel distances for patients.
Sources revealed plans are underway to establish five new medical cities with a capacity of up to 6,200 beds, which will include hospitals and specialist medical centers to deal with a variety of medical illnesses, including rare conditions.
Expansion work is also planned for King Fahd Medical City in Riyadh, King Abdullah Medical City in Makkah, King Faisal Medical City, Prince Mohammed Bin Abdulaziz Medical City and King Khalid Medical City to cover all geographical regions.
As for primacy care centers, 848 centers were built and operated over the past five years, bringing the total number of primary care centers in the year 1435 AH to 2,259.
Sources also confirmed that the ministry is working on the development of various programs and services including home medical services and visiting physician programs to cover rare specialties, electronic medical-referral services and dialysis care via private sector service providers.


Pilgrims with special needs treated to a memorable Umrah trip under Saudi ministry’s Ramadan initiative

Updated 26 May 2019
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Pilgrims with special needs treated to a memorable Umrah trip under Saudi ministry’s Ramadan initiative

  • Umrah trip held as part of the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah's “Sadiq Almutamir (Friend of the Pilgrim)” initiative 

JEDDAH: Several Muslims with special needs have benefited from a special Umrah pilgrimage organized by the Saudi Ministry of Hajj and Umrah on the occasion of the holy month of Ramadan.

According to statement from the ministry, the Umrah trip, was held on the 17th of Ramadan  (May 22) under the “Sadiq Almutamir (Friend of the Pilgrim)” initiative in partnership with Sawt Alasm association in Jeddah.

A busload of 20 people with special needs were accompanied by 12 volunteers of Sadiq Almutamir, including sign language interpreters for the deaf pilgrims. 

The first stop was at Kuday area in Makkah, where pilgrims received the special gifts of Sadiq Almutamir, supported by the Establishment of Motawifs of South East Asian Pilgrims. Next was their arrival at the Grand Mosque, wherein the pilgrims performed Umrah, enjoyed Iftar meals, and received souvenirs from Haji & Mu'tamer's Gift Association. 

Volunteers assisted the pilgrims by communicating with them, providing instructions and directions in addition to sharing their feelings with the support of the sign language interpreters. 

Sadiq Almutamir also accompanied pilgrims during the performance of Umrah, providing wheelchairs for the elderly, sharing breakfast, and learning about their impressions of performing Umrah for their first time. 

Sadiq Almutamir is one of the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah’s initiatives in Makkah’s Cultural Forum. It focuses on promoting the culture of giving and cooperation between the Saudi youth as well as elevating the volunteering services provided to Umrah pilgrims in order to enrich their experiences. It also provides optional tours to visit attractions, monuments, and places contribute to enriching experiences of Mutamirs and immortalizing beautiful memories in the Kingdom.

Launched late last year, the initiative aims to develop the spirit of volunteerism among Muslims and to invest in the youth by engaging young men and women in service and social responsibility.

“It focuses as well on improving the efficiency level of services provided to pilgrims, promoting the culture of volunteering, helping elderly and special needs’ people to perform Umrah rituals, and finally contributing to the realization of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 of reaching 1 million volunteers annually,” ministry statement said.

The trip was held in cooperation with the Western Fleet Transport, in coordination with the undersecretary of the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah for pilgrims’ transportation affairs and Haji & Mu'tamer's Gift Association.