Health care: Jeddah aims to offer the best

Health care: Jeddah aims to offer the best
Updated 24 April 2014

Health care: Jeddah aims to offer the best

Health care: Jeddah aims to offer the best

Jeddah is set to become the leading city in the Kingdom for high-end health care by building several new hospitals and specialized clinics in the next five years, says a senior city health official.
These new hospitals would be primarily located in areas with fewer hospitals and health centers, and ensure residents do not have to travel far to get treatment, said Sami Badawood, director of the city’s health department.
Badawood said the King Abdullah Medical Center in northern Jeddah is still appointing workers through its internal employment program in line with the Health Ministry’s directives.
He said the ministry would employ much-needed specialists at hospitals soon.
He denied receiving instructions from the ministry to transfer technical and nursing staff from Al-Thagher Hospital, south of Jeddah, to the King Abdullah Medical Center.
He said the city would not convert Al-Thagher into a specialized polyclinic.
However, there was a need for more medical facilities in the north to serve large numbers of citizens and residents living there.
An inpatient service center with 500 beds will open this month as part of the King Abdullah Medical Center. Outpatient clinics have already begun receiving patients.
He said the King Abdullah Medical Center plays an important role in meeting the needs of citizens and residents in the north. It also helps meet capacity shortages with its 1,100 beds, he said.