MoH plans to employ 100,000 Saudis by 2030

Updated 11 August 2016

MoH plans to employ 100,000 Saudis by 2030

RIYADH: The Ministry of Health has set the ball rolling to achieve the goal of employing 100,000 Saudis in the health care sector as part of the Vision 2030 plan.
The ministry aims to nationalize health specialties with competitive and qualified staff. It will implement a performance measurement system and define specifications for health licenses as well as provide training opportunities by increasing the number of specialized seats.
The ministry’s partnership with specialized educational and academic establishments is expected to help in achieving the 100,000 target by the year 2030.
According to a report, the total number of workers in the ministry based on gender, nationality and area in the year 2015 was 38,548 doctors and dentists, with 11,483 (29.9 percent) Saudi doctors.
The number of dentists was 3,357, of whom 2,082 were Saudis (62 percent); 91,854 nurses, 64,785 of whom are Saudis (59.6 percent); 2,914 pharmacists, 2,631 Saudi (90.3 percent).
The number of assistant medical categories last year was at 53,077, of whom 49,307 were Saudis (92.9 percent).
According to the report, there were on an average 12.5 doctors for 10,000 people, which means one doctor for 800 people. On an average, 10,000 people had 0.95 pharmacists, which means one pharmacist for 10,559 people. There were 29.85 nurses for 10,000 people, which means one nurse for 335 people.
The total number of doctors and dentists in the Kingdom last year was 81,532, of whom 19,029 were Saudis; 12,785 dentists; the number of people involved in nursing was 165,324 (37.2 percent Saudis); 22,241 pharmacists (20.6 percent Saudis) and the number of workers in assisting medical categories was 94,960, with 72.6 percent Saudis.

Saudi health minister promises to procure tested vaccine

Saudi Health Minister Tawfiq Al-Rabiah. (AP)
Updated 20 October 2020

Saudi health minister promises to procure tested vaccine

  • COVID-19 cases continue to decline in Saudi Arabia

JEDDAH: Saudi Health Minister Dr. Tawfiq Al-Rabiah on Monday said the Kingdom will procure vaccine for the novel coronavirus once it is confirmed to be safe and effective.

He said research on the vaccine is underway in a number of countries and the Saudi health authorities are following the developments.
The number of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases continues to decline in the Kingdom with the recovery rate from the illness rising to 96 percent. The minister attributed the decline on the “commitment to health precautions.”
“I also thank my fellow health practitioners for their wonderful efforts,” Al-Rabiah said.
Commenting on the second and stronger wave of COVID-19 in some countries, he said it was due to a lack of “commitment to social distancing” and failure to wear masks and taking other precautions.
He ruled out any leniency on part of the government in its fight against the virus. The minister said it is necessary to abide by precautionary measures to keep the virus at bay.


• Saudi Arabia recorded 381 new infections on Monday.

• With 16 new fatalities, the virus-related death toll has risen to 5,201.

“We (all) are in one boat, and the failure of some affects everyone, so we must work together” to check the spread of the virus.
He also advised people who show COVID-19 symptoms to visit Tetamman (rest assured) clinics.
“Appointments can be made through the ministry’s Sehaty app, and anyone who has any questions or wants to consult a doctor can call 937,” the minister said.
Saudi Arabia recorded 381 new infections on Monday. The total number of COVID-19 cases has reached 348,583 since the beginning of the outbreak in the Kingdom.
The Health Ministry said 16 more people died due to complications caused by the virus raising the death toll to 5,201. The ministry also reported 357 new recoveries. The total number of recovered cases has now increased to 328,895.