35 patients selected for overseas treatment

Updated 15 February 2014

35 patients selected for overseas treatment

Thirty-five Saudi patients are to receive overseas medical treatment in eight countries on the orders of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah, a senior official from the Ministry of Health said Saturday.
Mishal Abdullah Al-Mishal, general director of the Medical Authorities and Medical Attaches, said the High Medical Commission gave the green light for the patients to be treated abroad and it has also approved another group of 46 patients for treatment inside the Kingdom since the needed facilities and services are available in the country.
Twelve patients have been referred to hospitals in the United States, 10 in Germany, five in France, three in the United Kingdom, two in Jordan and one patient each in Spain, Belgium and China.
The Kingdom spent more than SR1 billion to treat 4,723 Saudi patients abroad in 1434H. The United States remains the top destination for medical treatment followed by Germany and the United Kingdom, he pointed out.
Al-Mishal said a patient is treated abroad either on the order of the king or a recommendation made by the High Medical Commission, which deals with complicated medical cases.
Members of the commission are representatives of various health departments such as the medical services department at the Ministry of Defense, the department of health affairs at the Ministry of National Guard, the medical services department at the Ministry of Interior, King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center, university hospitals and the Ministry of Health.

He said there is no ceiling on overseas medical allocations and all deserving patients are given the needed opportunity for medical treatment abroad.
He explained that there are 18 medical committees spread throughout the Kingdom to deal with such cases. The Kingdom has also appointed three attachés in the United States, Germany and the United Kingdom.
Earlier last year, the Council of Ministers allocated SR600 per day for Saudis receiving medical treatment and those accompanying them outside the Kingdom. The council also allocated SR300 per day for those being treated inside the Kingdom.
Patients, including children, referred for treatment outside the Kingdom, are given financial assistance amounting to SR300 per day, for whoever is treated outside of hospital.
The official said patients considered for treatment abroad are people whose diseases cannot be treated in the Kingdom. He said the respective doctors should certify that treatment for such patients is not available in the Kingdom.
The Saudi missions abroad have been instructed to identify the right hospitals for overseas treatment and the patients are informed accordingly, Al-Mishal said.
King Abdullah has directed the Ministry of Health to provide the best possible health care services to citizens both in and out of the Kingdom. To help meet the king’s expectations, the High Medical Commission has been assigned to assist and coordinate with such patients.
He explained that the process of referring cases for treatment abroad involves studying each case objectively, scientifically, practically and fairly to reach the right decision, bearing in mind the patient’s interests.
The commission also communicates with physicians in the Kingdom to discuss cases subjectively. X-rays, CDs and laboratory results are studied in order to determine a treatment plan, after which a statement is issued as to whether or not patients will be granted treatment abroad at government expense.
He pointed out that the MoH facilitates visas and arranges transport for patients and their companions by commercial or medical evacuation aircraft.

Misk Initiatives Center signs 12 deals to develop youth talent

Updated 33 min 13 sec ago

Misk Initiatives Center signs 12 deals to develop youth talent

  • MoUs with top firms such as Chinese tech giant Huawei, French oil major Total open new opportunities

RIYADH: The Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s Foundation Misk Initiatives Center has signed 12 memorandums of understanding (MoU) on the sidelines of the Misk Global Forum in Riyadh with local and international companies to support and develop youth talent.

Among the companies were the Chinese tech giant Huawei, the French oil firm Total, the Emirati Federal Youth Authority, and the Ministry of Economy and Planning.

The agreements stipulated joint work between the two parties in the fields of talent development in Saudi Arabia and information and communications technology, in accordance with the National Transformation Program 2020 and the Kingdom’s Vision 2030. 

This initiative aims to find ways of cooperation and employment opportunities between the two parties.

The MoU signed between the center and the Emirati Federal Youth Authority provides for the enhancement of joint cooperation in support of youth. 

The two parties will seek to discuss future cooperation, to build a strategic partnership between the two parties in exploring potential cooperative opportunities and setting a framework for such cooperation, in addition to organizing the exchange of technologies and innovations through the joint organization of courses, forums and workshops.

The MoU aims at creating a specialized scientific dialogue between the two parties, conducting joint research at the institutes in the field of entrepreneurship and the skills of the future, considering launching joint initiatives, and examining the possibilities of cooperative programs based on the extensive experience of Misk and the Federal Youth Authority.

Misk’s Initiatives Center agreement with Total will promote joint cooperation, find training opportunities for Saudi talent at the company’s headquarters and facilities, and cooperate on educational programs that support entrepreneurship and an ecosystem for startup companies, especially in the fields of energy and technology.

The Misk Global Forum also witnessed the signing of a MoU with “Hub71” to promote learning and leadership among Saudi youth, and enhance opportunities for joint collaboration, in addition to two MoUs with 500 startups and seed stars “to promote joint cooperation between the two parties, to develop and grow the business of startups and provide them with the necessary

Misk also signed a MoU with the Public Institution for Education and Global Leadership to promote joint cooperation and achieve the objectives of both sides, to support innovation initiatives that instill the entrepreneurial mindset of young people, as well as the establishment and organization of entrepreneurship approaches. 

Both parties agreed to focus on exploring potential collaborative opportunities related to the Entrepreneurship World Cup, and establish a competition with competitors coming from 170 countries.

Both parties also agreed to support international competitions aimed at identifying the best solutions in various fields and sectors, as well as exchanging programs on entrepreneurship and innovation.

The center has signed a MoU with the Saudi Industrial Development Fund to discuss the possibility of providing training programs and courses for the center’s employees of the Fund and the relevant authorities. In addition to discussing available opportunities for cooperative training within the Fund, and providing opportunities for participation and contribution of the Fund’s staff in Misk’s programs.

The MoU aims to explore the benefits of existing agreements between the two parties with international financial and educational institutions, in order to find opportunities that provide programs, training and educational courses, and granting cooperative trainings for Saudi youth in those global institutions.

The center also signed a MoU with the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO), aiming to enhance joint cooperation on educational technology and its integration into the educational systems in the Islamic world.

An MoU with King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) will enhance the cooperation between the two parties in several initiatives, including academic development, training, entrepreneurship and innovation programs.

An MoU with Endeavor Saudi Arabia will support the Kingdom’s youth, enhance their talents and potential, stimulate economic growth, and find ways of cooperation between the two parties that serve their common interests.

The center’s MoU with the Ministry of Economy and Planning aims to spread awareness, provide new information on the education and training of human resources in the administrative and economic fields, youth empowerment, and coordinate efforts to raise their abilities.

The MoU aims to create cooperative training opportunities in local and international institutions with the purpose of workforce growth in the Kingdom’s economic sector, contributing to the development of national competencies in the economy, policies and procedures, strategic planning, in addition to providing job opportunities for graduates from areas that serve the interests of both parties and support the achievement of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030.