Minister of Health terms inauguration of healthcare projects as ‘largest event in ministry’s history’
King Abdullah, Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques and Ruler of Saudi Arabia, has inaugurated 420 health projects and laid the foundation stones for 127 other health facilities worth $319.9m, it was announced on Saturday.
The newly opened projects comprise of 29 hospitals and health facilities and 391 primary health care centres, the Minister of Health, Abdullah Al Rabeeah said, in a report by Arab News.
“These projects, which are considered a cultural qualitative shift, are in fact the largest event in the history of the Ministry of Health,” he explained.
The King also laid the foundation stones for two medical cities in the Northern and Southern regions, projects in three medical cities, a specialist hospital, seven public hospitals, two medical towers, 73 digitised operation theatres and 111 primary healthcare centres, the minister said.
He added that the Ministry of Health is currently constructing 122 hospitals and medical towers, 305 primary healthcare units and is planning to double beds in its hospitals over the next seven years.