SR 1.18 bn contract for KFMC expansion signed

Updated 07 October 2012
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SR 1.18 bn contract for KFMC expansion signed

Health Minister Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah signed yesterday a SR 1.18 billion agreement for the construction of specialized medical centers at the King Fahd Medical City (KFMC) in Riyadh.
The minister also signed a separate contract for the construction of a National Cancer and Proton Beam Therapy Center at a cost of SR 277.6 million.
The minister signed the contracts with Latfiya Trading and Contracting Company, which has a partnership with Leighton Middle East.
He said the new projects are for the expansion of medical cities and specialized hospitals across the Kingdom.
KFMC CEO and Executive Director Abdullah bin Sulaiman Al-Amro was also present at the signing ceremony.
“A key mission of King Fahd Medical City is to provide the citizens of Saudi Arabia and the Middle East with access to the best possible diagnostic, therapeutic and rehabilitative health care services in the region. These additions to the medical campus will further demonstrate our commitment to this mission. The expansion projects allow us to provide the region’s citizens with access to cutting-edge technology supporting the most advanced diagnostic and surgical procedures to date in oncology, neuroscience and cardiovascular care,” Al-Amro said.
“With only a handful of proton beam therapy centers operational in the world to date, King Fahd Medical City’s new state-of-the art cancer and proton beam therapy center will put KFMC into an elite category of health care providers offering patients this revolutionary radiation therapy treatment,” he added.
Al-Amro said the projects fall within the strategic plans of KFMC up to the year 2026. It plans to be the national referral base by 2013 in terms of the quality health services provided to patients and a regional base by 2016.
KFMC is working to raise health levels of citizens, work out high standards for practicing medicine, diagnose and treat complicated medical cases referred to it by other hospitals and medical centers and develop human resources through education and training.
The proposed projects included the establishment of a comprehensive cancer center, the neurosciences center, laboratory building, a center for stem cell research and associated administrative offices and the expansion of Prince Salman Cardiac Center.
The cancer center is a 238-bed, 11-story building composed of 80 units and training facilities. The neurosciences center is an 11-story building and will have 10 specialized operating theaters in addition to 40-bed neuro intensive care units and another 316-bed neuro research laboratory center.
The expansion at Prince Salman Cardiac Center will include construction of more rooms for cardiac patients, medical education and training theaters and a rehabilitation center. The expansion will increase the number of rooms at Prince Salman Cardiac Center to 213.
The projected stem cell research center and associated administrative offices will occupy an area of 7,000 square meters and will be connected to nearby medical buildings to facilitate transfer of medical and technical staff of the center.
Located in Riyadh,KFMC is one of the largest independent medical cities in the Middle East consisting of a main hospital, a women’s specialist hospital, a children’s hospital and a rehabilitation hospital. In addition to the four hospitals, KFMC also features additional medical centers on its campus including the Prince Salman Cardiac Center, a Neuroscience Center, the Prince Sultan Hematology and Oncology Center and the Specialized Diabetes and Endocrine Center.


King Salman to host 1,000 Sudanese pilgrims 

Updated 22 July 2019
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King Salman to host 1,000 Sudanese pilgrims 

  • 500 pilgrims are to be selected from the Sudanese army
  • Another 500 to be selected from families of Sudanese soldiers who died while fighting Houthi terrorists in Yemen

RIYADH: King Salman has issued an order to host 1,000 pilgrims from Sudan to perform Hajj, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Sunday.

According to the directive, the 1,000 pilgrims will perform Hajj within the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques’ Guests Program for Hajj and Umrah, implemented and supervised by the Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Call and Guidance.

Islamic Affairs Minister Sheikh Abdullatif Al-Asheikh said that of this total, 500 pilgrims would be selected from the Sudanese army and those belonging to the families of Sudanese martyred while participating in the “Determination Storm and Restoring of Hope” operations within the Arab coalition forces supporting the legitimate government in Yemen.

This year, King Salman has ordered the hosting of 1,300 pilgrims from around the world as part of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques’ Guests Program for Hajj and Umrah.

Earlier, King Salman issued a directive for the hosting of 200 Hajj pilgrims from the families of victims of the terrorist attack in Christchurch, New Zealand.

The king also ordered 1,000 Palestinian pilgrims who are family members of martyrs to be hosted while they performed Hajj.  

Al-Asheikh said that the hosting of the families during the Hajj season was part of Saudi Arabia’s efforts to “confront and defeat terrorism” in all its forms.

So far, the number of pilgrims who have arrived in the Kingdom since the start of the Hajj season has reached 562,056, according to statistics issued by the Saudi General Directorate of Passports.

Most pilgrims — 547,505 — came to the Kingdom by air, while 8,548 entered by land and 6,003 arrived by sea, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

Last year more that 1.75 million pilgrims from abroad performed Hajj, according to figures from the Saudi General Directorate of Passports.