Qatar ‘has one of highest birth defect rates’

DOHA: The March of Dimes Foundation, a US organisation concerned with improving infant health by preventing birth defects, premature births and infant mortality, says Qatar is among the 20 countries with the highest rates of birth defects: 73.4 per 1,000 live births. According to World Health Organisation, birth defects result in about 3.2 million disabilities […]
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Kingdom’s medical tourism sector cracks global top five

The Kingdom’s medical tourism sector has been ranked among the top five in the world according to a World Bank report. Jordan ranked first in the region and fifth globally as a medical tourism destination, according to a 2009/2010 World Bank report, said Private Hospitals Association (PHA) President Awni Bashir. Bashir noted that the ranking […]
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SRCC to set up two hospitals in Darfur

The Saudi Red Crescent Commission (SRCC) and Armina Engineering Company have signed agreements to establish two health clinics in Darfur at a cost of one million Sudanese pound each. The agreements were signed in Al-Fasher, the capital city of Sudan’s northern Darfur state. Mohammed Abdullah Alshamrani, SRCC’s Regional Director in Sudan, signed for his organization […]
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3 pvt sector hospitals for treating drug addiction

Saeed Al-Sariha, head of Studies and Information at the secretariat of the National Committee for Combating Drugs, has said that there are three private sector projects for hospitals to treat drug addiction. Two of the facilities will be in Riyadh and the other in the Eastern Province. “The hospitals will be the biggest and most […]
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3 pvt sector hospitals for treating drug addiction

Saeed Al-Sariha, head of Studies and Information at the secretariat of the National Committee for Combating Drugs, has said that there are three private sector projects for hospitals to treat drug addiction. Two of the facilities will be in Riyadh and the other in the Eastern Province. “The hospitals will be the biggest and most […]
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Polio vaccinations in Makkah next month

Makkah Health Affairs is coducting a three-day polio vaccination campaign beginning with the first dose from March 23 and the second scheduled from the three days beginning April 30. “A public awareness campaign will also be run in tandem with the doses,” said Hesham Bashawri, Assistant Director of Health Affairs in Makkah. He said that […]
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Technology to connect 35 public hospitals

The Ministry of Health has started negotiating with some international information technology companies to link 35 government hospitals with a computer network in preparation for unifying patients’ records all over the Kingdom. Sources said the system will enable doctors to see the records of any patient who has visited any of the linked 35 government […]
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Fever specialist issues mosquito warning

Dr. Naima Akbar, head of Hemorrhagic Fevers and supervisor of the Program to Combat Disease Carriers at Jeddah Health Affairs’ Preventive Medicine, has warned against three types of mosquitoes in Jeddah: Culex, Aedes aegypti and Anopheles. “The most common is the Culex, carries Rift Valley Fever, but the most dangerous is the Adesa Egypiti, which […]
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Private health sector fined SR150,000 in Hafr Al-Batin

The Department of Medical and Pharmaceutical Licensing at Hafr Al-Batin Health Affairs fined private sector health organizations over SR150,000 last year, according to the department’s manager, Samih Al-Hadbani. “The fines were based on rulings from the Private Health Sector Organization Fines Committee, and were handed out for ageing equipment, failures to comply with public health […]
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2011 budget to ensure robust healthcare system

The Saudi government budget allocation of SR68.7 billion for healthcare services and social development for the year 2011 will help generate partnership deals with vendors, suppliers and service providers. This will further help to develop a robust support system to attain healthcare goals in Saudi Arabia, said Mohammed Al-Hussaini, Deputy General Manager, Riyadh Exhibitions Company […]
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