1,500 obesity patients on Jeddah hospital wait list

Updated 22 February 2016
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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.


Riyadh Eid festivities draw more than 1.5 million visitors

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Riyadh Eid festivities draw more than 1.5 million visitors

  • The diversity of events the municipality provided this year offered plenty of choice to the capital’s residents and visitors.
  • The garden of King Fahd Library which received visitors over the three days of Eid witnessed interactive and entertainment shows.

JEDDAH: Riyadh municipality Eid Al-Fitr activities attracted more than 1.5 million visitors, residents and citizens over the three-day holiday.
The diversity of events the municipality provided this year offered plenty of choice to the capital’s residents and visitors.
The municipality hosted 200 functions in 30 different locations across the city. It distributed thousands of presents, balloons and candy to children to encourage them to attend Eid prayers and to bring joy to their hearts.
Riyadh’s Eid festivities in Qasr AL-Hokm included the Saudi traditional folk-dance show, activities and competitions for children, as well as folk arts and poetry shows.
The garden of King Fahd Library which received visitors over the three days of Eid witnessed interactive and entertainment shows, as well as artistic activities and sports competitions.
Riyadh municipality organized five theater shows for men and women, including two for men: Shekka Wa Noss, and Tersam Al-Wahch; two plays for women: Banat Al-Social and Umm Suwaileh Al-Sawaqa, and an open play, Al-Qarya Al-Maghdoura.
Riyadh municipality also organized three theater shows for the blind and deaf.
“Al-Qarya Al-Maghdoura” (The Betrayed Village), the first open-theater show in the Kingdom, was held in the showroom of Al-Jazeera neighborhood. It was written, directed and played by Saudis.
The municipality allocated several events and locations for the participation of humanitarian organizations by receiving them and setting private seats for them, in coordination with the Saudi Association for Deaf.
It also organized a special program to entertain women and children over the three days of Eid. The events for women included plays, free drawing and coloring sessions, artifacts and competitions.
Carnival marches were launched in the north and west of Riyadh, by 300 cartoon characters and featured the participation of touring folk groups, along with a solidarity march with soldiers, as well as classic car shows.
The capital’s residents and visitors enjoyed fireworks that lasted 10 minutes and colored the sky of Riyadh at King Fahd International Stadium, a location near King Abdullah Financial District (KAFD) and a location near Wadi Leban Bridge in west Riyadh.