33,000 more hospital beds in five years

33,000 more hospital beds in five years
Updated 19 October 2014

33,000 more hospital beds in five years

33,000 more hospital beds in five years

Deputy Minister of Health for Planning and Development Muhammad Al-Khoshaim said the number of hospital beds in the Kingdom will rise from the current 40,000 to 73,000 in the next five years.
“The number of diabetes centers in the Kingdom will reach 20 and there will be an equal number of dental centers in addition to 20 central laboratories and a legal medicine and toxins department by 2019,” Al-Khoshaim said while opening an international cancer conference in Jeddah on Saturday.
He added that a cancer and cardiac center will be opened in each governorate in the country in the next five years.
The ministry has been offering training to hospital staff with the aim of prioritizing the level of service to patients. “Some 1,500 doctors have been sent abroad for higher studies and 3,000 doctors are studying in various institutions in the Kingdom to enhance their efficiency and train as specialized doctors,” he said.
The conference is organized by the King Abdullah Medical City.
Al-Khoshaim said that the medical city has achieved notable progress in academic and health matters with additional beds and clinics.
Speaking on preparations for the upcoming Haj, Al-Khoshaim said 22,000 doctors and nurses will be serving pilgrims at the holy sites in Makkah during the Haj season.