Health-care workers to be trained before coming to work in Saudi

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia and the Philippines have initially agreed to conduct training programs for Filipino technical health-care workers prior to their arrival in the Kingdom.

“These workers will go through three to six months specialized training sessions before their arrival to the Kingdom,” said Health Minister Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah, following a meeting with Philippine Labor Secretary Marianito D. Roque.

“The Saudi Health Ministry will determine the content and the criteria of these sessions through specialized technical teams.”

About 10,000 Filipino health-care personnel work for the Ministry of Health. The training will focus on particular fields like emergency, intensive care and lab work.

The aim of these training sessions is to enhance a higher level of competence and to let the technical staff get acquainted with hi-tech devices and equipment available in many health-care facilities, the minister said.