Saudi Arabia - HE Minister of Health announces Hail health projects

International Journal of Health Care Quality Assurance

ISSN: 0952-6862

Article publication date: 6 September 2011




(2011), "Saudi Arabia - HE Minister of Health announces Hail health projects", International Journal of Health Care Quality Assurance, Vol. 24 No. 7.



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Saudi Arabia - HE Minister of Health announces Hail health projects

Article Type: News and views From: International Journal of Health Care Quality Assurance, Volume 24, Issue 7

Keywords: Healthcare service delivery, Strategic healthcare planning, Integrated national healthcare project

His Excellency (HE) the Minister of Health, Dr Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz Al Rabeeah, has announced that a number of health projects are proposed for the Hail region. During a press conference at Hail Principality Headquarters which was also attended by the Governor of Hail, Prince Saudi Bin Abdul Mohsin, HE Dr Al Rabeeah said that among the new projects will be a 200-bed maternity and pediatric hospital, and the 300-bed Hail General Hospital. A new cardiology center has already been staffed and will open soon to serve patients from the Hail region.

HE clarified that the Ministry’s health project development plan strategies are based on objective scientific and professional standards. The Ministry studied the current state of the Kingdom’s health facilities and prepared a ten-year strategic plan to address any obstacles; this plan includes the Integrated National Healthcare Project.

Prince Saud Bin Abdul Mohsin delivered a speech to welcome the Minister and his delegation at the beginning of the press conference, highlighting the great improvements in the Kingdom’s healthcare sectors and projects, and praising the latest royal decree from the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques and Crown Prince which added significantly to the healthcare budget. The Prince also stressed that Hail needs such health projects to improve healthcare in the region. He noted that Hail Specialist Hospital with a 500-bed capacity, as well as other health projects, are under construction, and will be opening soon.

The Minister of Health thanked Prince Saud for his gracious reception and hospitality, confirming that his visit is the result of our leaders’ dedication and commitment to upgrading the quality of the Kingdom’s healthcare services. He also added that the Ministry is working to implement all approved health projects. The Minister then gave a presentation about new healthcare projects in the region, developing the infrastructure of King Khalid Hospital, the overall state of health services, and the need for future health projects in the Hail region.

He clarified that a permanent task force has been formed to study the implementation of Hail Specialist Hospital 200-bed capacity, including obstacles faced and actions needed based on Integrated National Healthcare Project standards. Implementation will be carried out in Al Ha’et – Baqa’a as well as a Mental Health Hospital, Moukq Hospital, Al Ghazalah Hospital, Al Ha’et Hospital and Al Shenan Hospital, as well as some hospitals with a 500-bed capacity. A task force for following up on delayed projects has also been formed to report periodically on projects to Prince Saud and to the Minister of Health.

Regarding health center projects, the Minister clarified that the Ministry has received final-stage implementation plans for 52 health centers, and preliminary plans for 44 health centers. A total of eight health centers are under construction, and 18 more will be proposed by the Hail Health Directorate for implementation tenders.

The Minister added that the number one priority is providing high-quality health services throughout the Kingdom to reduce the increased number of patients travelling from long distances to be treated in major population areas. The Ministry is keen to hire highly qualified Saudi and international physicians for all specialties, particularly for outlying regional hospitals. He concluded that Prince Mohammed Bin Abdul Aziz Medical City will provide fourth-level health services to the entire Northern region.

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