1,500 obesity patients on Jeddah hospital wait list

Updated 22 February 2016

1,500 obesity patients on Jeddah hospital wait list

JEDDAH: A total of 1,500 obesity patients are on the waiting list of King Fahd General Hospital due to shortage of beds, a source in the Jeddah health department has said.
“The long waiting list of obesity patients is due to a lack of beds which are usually occupied by emergency patients,” the source was quoted as saying by a local publication on Sunday.
“The King Fahd Hospital in Jeddah carries out 800 to 900 operations per year, and is one of the biggest centers in Saudi Arabia. If beds are available and there is a sufficient number of anesthetists, the medical team can conduct up to 2,000 operations per year,” he said.
He said the huge pressure faced by the hospital is due delayed and partially operated north and east Jeddah hospitals. The number of patients in Jeddah is large and operational hospitals can’t serve all of them, he said.
Saudi Arabia witnessed an increase in the number of obesity patients during the past decade, he said, urging people to eat sensibly and exercise regularly.
Dr. Osama Feida, the head of the surgery department at King Fahd General Hospital, was quoted as saying that the waiting lists are rather long because of the large number of people suffering from obesity problem.
The King Fahd Hospital is among the few that are known to perform these surgeries, and the number of surgeries performed per week is between 15 to 20, he added.

Saudi Arabia to send Syrians an additional $100 million of humanitarian aid

Updated 26 April 2018

Saudi Arabia to send Syrians an additional $100 million of humanitarian aid

  • Total relief provided by the Kingdom since the war began now stands at about $1billion
  • Latest package announced by Foreign Minister Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir at conference in Brussels

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia will provide an additional $100 million of humanitarian aid to alleviate the suffering of the people of Syria, through the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center.

The announcement of the latest aid package was made by Minister of Foreign Affairs Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir on April 25 at an international conference on the future of Syria and the region, held in the Belgian capital Brussels. He pointed out that the meeting comes after the suspected chemical attack in the city of Douma, in eastern Ghouta, which killed dozens of civilians, including women and children.

“The world is facing a regime allied with terrorist militias who believe that spreading atrocities and committing crimes will bring victory to it, and that war crimes are bearing fruit,” said Al-Jubeir. “In addition to bombing civilians with explosive barrels, the policies of starvation and siege, ethnic and sectarian cleansing, and the demographic change of Syrian cities and towns, its use of chemical weapons have shocked the entire world.”

He said that the only acceptable solution to the Syrian crisis is a peaceful political resolution, and that Saudi Arabia has been working to achieve this since the crisis began, while also working with others to end the continuing human tragedy in the war-torn country.

The Kingdom has played a role in unifying the ranks of the Syrian opposition and encouraging them to speak with one voice, he added. After the Riyadh 1 Conference in 2015, Saudi Arabia hosted the Riyadh 2 conference for the Syrian opposition in November 2017, which succeeded in unifying the factions and establishing a negotiating body to take part in the rounds of talks held since then, earning praise from the United Nations.

The foreign minister also reiterated his country’s support for the efforts of the UN secretary-general’s envoy, Stephan de Mistura, to resume negotiations between all sides of the conflict.

“The Kingdom hopes that the agreements endorsed by the international resolutions on the ceasefire and the delivery of humanitarian aid to its beneficiaries will be implemented throughout Syria, regardless of their ethnic, religious, sectarian or political affiliations, and calls for the speedy release of detainees and abductees and clarifying the situation of those absent,” said Al-Jubeir. “It also renews its demand to punish individuals and institutions for war crimes and to prevent their impunity.”

He added that the worsening humanitarian crisis affecting refugees inside and outside of Syria should add to the urgency of finding a political solution and resuming the negotiating process as soon as possible.

Since the war began, the Kingdom has taken in about two and a half million Syrians and treats them like its own citizens, Al-Jubeir said, providing them with free health care, work and education. Saudi universities and schools have more than 140,000 Syrian students. He added that Saudi Arabia is also supporting and helping to care for of millions of Syrian refugees in Turkey, Jordan and Lebanon, in coordination with the governments of those countries. The humanitarian assistance provided so far totals about $1 billion.