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480,000 Saudis unable to access health services

Ministry of health report highlights difficulties in health provision in isolated areas.

Saudi Arabia is failing to provide basic healthcare facilities to nearly half a million of its citizens, according to a new Ministry of Health report.

The study shows that more than 480,000 people across the kingdom are unable to access healthcare services.

The ministry report, cited by Saudi Gazette in a report on Sunday, said the main reason was because mountains and desert made it difficult to reach two percent of the country’s 24 million population.

The percentage, however, was based on the total population rather than the demographic distribution of health care centres for which demand has recently gone up, the report added.

The Ministry of Health has suggested setting up gathering points for all of the scattered villages in the governorates where it could provide necessary healthcare services.

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Hal-Luke Savas 10 years ago

Having been involved in Saudi Arabian health related construction, I have observed that best way to provide health care at inaccessible locations is to provide 6x6 truck type mobile hospitals and even Australian Bush Doctor type operation. Otherwise desert and mountains will always win! Hal-Luke Savas MBA FCIM MBIFM ICIOB affCIBSE londonmanagement@aol.com

myks 10 years ago

increase the salary of doctors you are recruiting from 3rd world countries like the philippines....in order for you to get better health care...we are trained and knowledgable as the western since training here in the philippines adapts US books and trainings... thumbs up to all FILIPINO DOCTORS....

Dr kHAN 7 years ago

This is because Saudi doctors are least interested in serving in far flung areas. All is just lip service in ministry and regions on ground there are bitter realities. Secondly the doctors , nurses coming from india, pakistan , Bangladesh and Phillipines face the worst conditions in periphery . Morever now 15% living cost allowance has also been revoked from MOH,KSA. Saudis have to make their heart bigger in order to provide efficient health facilities to their masses which have no fault . Policy decisions are never followed by saudi administrators in field, a proven fact ..