MoH launches 46 projects to improve work performance

Updated 10 August 2013

MoH launches 46 projects to improve work performance

The Ministry of Health (MoH) has launched 46 projects aimed to improve performances at different health facilities.
A key project will establish a panel to review certificates of doctors to ensure that no physician is allowed to practice work falling outside their abilities or specialization in all hospitals and medical centers.
The projects include establishing an electronic critical error tracking program in hospitals to track errors in hospitals and dispatch them to ministry officials immediately through an e-system. The system determines discrepancies and suggest solutions to avoid reccurrence.
Another program is aimed to monitor productivity of medical staff with consultants and medical practitioners registering their operations and studies to be used as a yardstick to appraise their performance based on productivity.
Another program will establish an effective bed management program to properly exploit beds in medical centers. Bed rotation has increased by 20 percent during the past four years.
The projects stressed on the one-day surgery program where the rate of surgery has increased from 2 percent to 38 percent in most hospitals to reach 135,000 operations.
Other areas include the introduction of programs aimed to rectify performance at medical records and ICU for newborn units in collaboration with Minnesota University in the United States.
The programs included the purchase of 1,200 advanced ambulances, expansion of home medicine program which is currently serving 25,000 citizens at home, and purchase of private sector’s services in cases of intensive care for adults, children and newborns where some SR 718 million was spent on this program last year.
In unrelated developments, 50 hospitals have passed local certification program while another 40 hospitals are currently under certification. Thirteen hospitals were technically certified by the American Hospitals Authority (AHA) and another 22 hospitals are subject to such certification.
The improvement programs covered the selection of 2,323 visiting consultants to work in remote areas as the number of scholarship employees inside and outside the Kingdom increased by 150 percent to 2,900 compared to last year’s figures.
The ministry is preparing to sign agreements with private hospitals to purchase services on inpatient critical conditions and dialysis. The Ministry is also preparing other training programs on how to deal with patients and visitors and hospital management and application of quality control in these facilities, the report said.
The ministry has signed deals with global firms for transfer technologies such as blood plasma analysis, manufacture of vaccines, radiotherapy for tumor patients and improvement of performance in baby delivery rooms in cooperation with Minnesota University.
The ministry also plans to introduce a training program for emergency doctors in cooperation with King Fahad Medical City (KFMC), enter into contract with the American College of Surgeons (ACS) on how to use results of surgical operations in the US hospitals compared to their peers in the Kingdom.
The ministry will also work out an agreement with Canadian hospitals networks (CHN) for serving the newborns in the Canadian hospitals compared to their equivalents in the Kingdom.

Russian museum CEO: Archaeology in Saudi Arabia is at its peak

Since the launch of the Vision 2030 reform plans, many steps have been taken to present Saudi Arabia’s ancient wonders such as Al-Gara Mountain in Al-Ahsa to the world. (Shutterstock)
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Russian museum CEO: Archaeology in Saudi Arabia is at its peak

  • Undiscovered archaeological treasures key to cooperation between Saudi Arabia and Russia

MOSCOW: Archaeology in Saudi Arabia has seen an unprecedented number of discoveries and findings in recent years. With over 44 Saudi and international missions working in the Kingdom this year alone, Russia’s State Hermitage Museum director, Mikhail Piotrovsky, commended the country’s efforts in presenting its hidden treasures to the world.
Arab News met with the director in Moscow to discuss the future of archaeology in Saudi Arabia and his interest in hosting one of its most famous exhibits, “AlUla: Wonder of Arabia.”
Piotrovsky, the urbane general director of the State Hermitage Museum located in Saint Petersburg, was appointed in 1992 by decree of the prime minister at the time.
He has a long history with the museum.
He took up the position following his father, Boris Piotrovsky, who was director from 1964 until his death in 1990.
Piotrovsky’s work at the museum is inspired by both his passion for the arts and a deeply rooted adoration for archaeology.
A graduate of Leningrad University, he spent a year taking part in archaeological explorations in Yemen, the Caucuses and central Asia, with over 200 scholarly publications, including catalogues of Arabic manuscripts.
A fluent Arabic speaker, he dedicated many years of his career to the archaeology of the Arab world, the spiritual and political history of Islam and Arab culture as well as medieval works and ancient inscriptions.
He told Arab News how the school of archaeology is always developing, and in order to achieve success in any excursion, it is key that teams coordinate with others to learn from their experiences.
“It is a very international field. If it is not, it will become too narrow and nationalistic,” Piotrovsky said.
“Archaeological departments are the most open bodies in every country. Be it Russia, Egypt, Iraq or Saudi Arabia, they are accustomed to working with different points of view and people from other civilizations. Openness is important for achieving success.”
The director said that many archaeologists from the Kingdom have been invited by the museum to partake in expeditions alongside Russian archaeologists to gain experience and exchange knowledge.
“AlUla is one of the jewels of archaeology,” he said. “It is a rare site, the Nabataeans controlled the routes from south to north. The Romans, Indians, ancient Palmyrians and Bedouins have been there.” The director told Arab News that they have been working in joint teams not only in archaeological diggings but also with plans to develop what they call an “archaeological park.”


4.5m - people visited the State Hermitage Museum.

The Russian State Hermitage Museum tells the story of Russia, its palaces, Peter the Great and many more significant historical moments. The museum also exhibits artifacts of different civilizations: Islamic, Buddhist, Catholic and others.
The museum’s message and goal is for “different civilizations to speak to each other and to us and make a connection,” he exclaimed.
Piotrovsky believes the same concept can be developed for AlUla.
Speaking to Arab News last January, Dr. Abdullah Al-Zahrani, general director of archaeological research studies at the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage, said that digs in Saudi Arabia are increasing at an unprecedented rate.
“Archaeology in the Kingdom is on the rise,” said the director.
“There is still a lot to be discovered and we are still in the period where you begin to dig and make a discovery, dig more and make another discovery. In the Arab world, everything is new and holds a base for the development of knowledge.”
Piotrovsky has been following the progress of archaeology in the Arab world for many years and he said that more archaeologists are going to Saudi Arabia now than at any point in the past 10 years.
Antiquities discovered in the Kingdom are known to come from one of the oldest areas of human settlements, with discoveries dating back 1.2 million years. In this past year alone, 15 new sites were discovered across the country.


85,000-year-old discovery of a rare fossilized finger bone in the Nefud Desert is the oldest human fossil on record unearthed.

“It is a very important region which is still undiscovered properly. We all know the first man, according to our theories, was born in Africa and then we see its traces moving to Europe and Asia through the Arabian Peninsula,” said Piotrovsky.
“Ancient archaeology is very important but I think for this time period it should be the archaeology of the written period. Archaeology of the trade routes, coming from India and Africa, trade routes from Iraq and Palestine and Syria. There were fantastic kingdoms and sites.”
The museum’s keen interest in Saudi Arabia’s archaeological findings are a reflection of the director’s move to enhance cooperation between the countries.
It is planning on bringing the Kingdom’s first international exhibition dedicated to the human and natural heritage of AlUla titled “AlUla: Wonder of Arabia” to Saint Petersburg.
In 2011, the museum hosted the third leg of the “Saudi Archaeological Masterpieces through the Ages” exhibition after the successful exhibitions at the Louvre Museum in Paris and the La Caixa Foundation in Barcelona.
Aimed to introduce the historical and cultural importance of the Kingdom, the 450 relics were displayed for the first time outside of Saudi Arabia. They date back to a time between the Palaeolithic era and the pre-Islamic ages.
Since the launch of the Vision 2030 reform plans, many steps have been taken to present Saudi Arabia’s modern culture and ancient wonders to the world.
There is history lying beneath the Kingdom’s vast sand dunes, and a dig will not suffice, there is more to be done for the world to connect with the Kingdom.
“Opening up to the world is a little bit dangerous, but a museum recipe is a good one,” said Piotrovsky.