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Saudi health chiefs reveal new hospital plans

Seven hospitals and nine health centres to be built around the kingdom.

Saudi Arabia plans to build seven new hospitals and nine health centres in a bid to improve healthcare in the kingdom.

The announcement was made as Prince Naif Bin Abdul Aziz, Interior Minister, opened and laid the foundations of a number of projects at the Riyadh-based Security Forces Hospital on Tuesday.

Minister of Health Dr Hamad Bin Abdullah Al-Manea said seven hospitals each with 120-beds and nine health centres would be built in different parts of the kingdom, the official SPA news agency reported.

A number of new projects at the Security Forces Hospital are underway including the Prince Naif Centre for Kidney diseases and blood dialysis.

The hospital currently treats 3,000 patients daily who are visited by 700,000 relatives and friends annually and more than 8,000 operations are performed at the hospital annually.

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