Saudi MOH Achievements During the Year 2017

Top Quote 1,822 new beds in hospitals and 55% increase in one-day surgeries. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) March 02, 2018 - The Ministry of Health (MOH) announced that in line with Saudi Vision 2030 and the Ministry of Health's desire to provide and raise the level of health services for all citizens, the MOH endeavored hard all year round, and was successful in accomplishing many achievements during the year 2017. Consequently the number of beds in its hospitals increased by 1,822 beds in 2017, bringing the total number of beds to 43,657 beds compared to 41,835 beds a year earlier. As part of its efforts to increase hospital admissions for inpatients and reduce waiting time for new patients, MOH took new initiatives and steps to improve medical services and increase patient satisfaction. MOH was also successful in opening new hospitals, and health centers, besides increasing the capacity of existing hospitals by increasing the medical staff, as well as equipping the hospitals with additional equipment and beds.

    The number of one-day surgeries increased from 44% to 55% to reach 112,095 surgeries during the year. Whereas the patient waiting time was reduced by providing extra health facilities and necessary equipment.

    It is noteworthy that the Ministry of Health is implementing the program «Health Performance» aimed at raising the levels of productivity and efficiency and the quality of performance in the provision of health services in hospitals, which is in line with the strategic goals of the "National Transformation 2020" towards achieving the Saudi Vision 2030, and currently includes 70 main hospitals, where more than 40 indicators are used to measure performance in 7 service hubs, wherein positive results were achieved in reducing waiting periods in emergency and outpatient clinics.

    Ministry of Health Achievements during the Year 2017

    A Broader Health Spectrum

    65 new Health Centers
    from 2,325 Centers to 2,390 Centers

    39 new Health Centers with extended working hours (up to 11 P.M)
    from 165 Centers to 204 Centers
    89 new Dental Clinics
    from 2,992 Clinics to 3,081 Clinics
    Increased 248 psychological Clinics
    from 30 Clinics to 312 Clinics
    59% increase in the number of Anti-smoking Clinics
    from 160 Clinics to 254 Clinics
    450% increase in the number of Hepatitis C treatment Clinics
    from 6 Clinics to 33 Clinics
    46% increase in the number of Heart Centers
    from 13 Centers to 19 Centers
    Comprehensive Health Care
    14% increase in the average per capita visits to primary care centers
    from 2.36 visits to 2.69 visits
    16% increase in the number of doctors trained in internship programs
    from 2,600 doctors to 3,016 doctors
    Increased 1,822 hospital beds
    from 41,835 to 43,657 beds
    22% increase in the number of satisfied callers to 937 Center
    from 67% to 82%
    50% decrease in the duration of handling telephone complaints in 937 Center From 6 days to 3 days
    Increase in the proportion of one-day surgeries from 44% to 55%
    Total surgeries 112,095
    433% increase in the percentage of telephone counselling Center 937
    from 67% to 82%
    45% increase in the percentage of Flu vaccination
    from 2.2 million to 3.2 million
    27% increase in the number of home visits
    From 254 thousand to 333 thousand visits
    Increase in the proportion of heart screening for newborns from 20% to 90%
    50% increase in the number of Respiratory isolation rooms in hospitals
    from 432 to 646 rooms
    Increase in the proportion of hearing screening for newborns from 17% to 89%:

    35% decrease in the average waiting time of hypnosis for surgery
    From 2.4 days to 1.6 days
    77% decrease in the average duration of transition from emergency to intensive care
    from 13:49 to 3:14 hours
    44% decrease in the average waiting time in the emergency for critical situations
    From 16.5 to 9.3 minutes
    32% average decrease in the waiting time in the out-patient clinics
    from 48 to 32 minutes
    61% decrease in the average duration of transition from emergency to hypnosis
    from 5.14 to 2:03 hours
    34% decrease in the average waiting time in the emergency
    from 199 minutes to 131 minutes

    Conscious Community

    63% increase in the proportion of breast cancer screening
    21,000 volunteers on International Volunteer Day
    31% increase in the ratio of quitting smoking
    8,008 diabetes patients discovered through diabetes campaigns

    Launched Centers and New Services

    Health App
    Modern health care model
    Referrals Center
    Saudi Patient Safety Center.

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