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Privatization to add 50,000 beds to health-care system
August 14, 2017

Privatization will revolutionize the Kingdom’s health-care services with citizens receiving free and quality healthcare supported by more than 200 hospitals and hundreds of health centers. It will also allow the private sector to invest more funds into this vital sector.

“The privatization process will increase the capacity of beds in hospitals from 65,000 to 115,000 by 2020, adding an extra 50,000 beds to the healthcare system,” said"...

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Dubai Health Authority Implements Masimo Patient SafetyNet™
August 14, 2017

(ME NewsWire)-- Masimo (NASDAQ:MASI) announced today that the Dubai Health Authority (DHA), the government organization that oversees the healthcare systems of Dubai, is augmenting its current inventory of Masimo equipment and technology with the implementation of Masimo Patient SafetyNet™*, a supplemental remote monitoring and clinician notification system, at two hospitals in Dubai. Masimo Patient SafetyNet enables information from bedside monitors, such as Masimo Root® with the Radical-7® or wearable Radius-7® Pulse CO-Oximeter®, to be accessible from a central viewing station. When changes occur in measured values, which may indicate deterioration in a patient’s condition, Patient SafetyNet automatically sends wireless alerts directly to clinicians, wherever they may be.......

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Unauthorized herbal medicine harming public
August 13, 2017

The municipality shut down four stores selling herbal medicine recently.

Makkah Municipality Environmental Health General Director Mansour Balubaid said lately there has been a phenomenon of a lot of counterfeit and harmful herbal medicine and mixtures that are sold to the general public.

“The department formed a committee to combat the phenomenon. The committee’s latest activities was an inspection campaign in Al-Misfalah area."...

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Health ministry's call center offers impressive services
August 13, 2017

The Health Ministry’s contact service center (937) replies to calls of people in less than 10 seconds with support of 130 employees including medical consultants and answers to queries of patients and their relatives. This service is available around the clock.

“The center has appointed 130 employees including administrators and medical specialists. They work in three shifts and each shift will have at least 30 employees to attend the calls"...

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Saudi Health Ministry issues guidelines to cope with heat
August 12, 2017

The Health Ministry said it has launched an awareness campaign on how to cope with excessive heat in many parts of the Kingdom.
The ministry stressed the need to use sunscreen; stay indoors between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. or be in the shade; cover one’s head with a hat or umbrella; wear sunglasses and long clothes that protect against the sun; and drink plenty of fluids.
In an infographic published on its Twitter page, the ministry said over-exposure"...

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Gulf Inject partners with Zulekha Healthcare Group
August 10, 2017

Gulf Inject, a Julphar company - the region’s leading pharmaceutical manufacturer, has announced it has signed a local distribution agreement with Zulekha Healthcare Group.

The business milestone event was held at the Gulf Inject manufacturing facility located in the Jebel Ali Free Zone, Dubai in the presence of dignitaries and representatives from both companies.

Launched"...

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FDA Allows WIN Consortium to Proceed with Targeted Tri-Therapy Clinical Trial in First Line Treatment of Metastatic Non Small Cell Lung Cancer
August 10, 2017

(ME NewsWire)-- WIN Consortium (WIN) received the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA)’s approval to start the clinical investigation of a novel therapeutic approach using a combination of three targeted therapies for the first line treatment of patients with advanced Non Small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC). The Survival Prolongation by Rationale Innovative Genomics (SPRING) trial will aim to enroll patients who are usually"...

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Private health graduates confirm right to govt financial support
August 8, 2017

A number of the interns who graduated from the private health universities and colleges have rejected the attitude of the Minister of Education Ahmed Al-Issa with regard to the stoppage of their financial support from the government.

The students, who met the minister on Sunday, said their remunerations were guaranteed by a royal order, which had equated them with the graduates and students of the government universities.

Al-Issa , in a"...

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Medical breakthrough raises hopes for autoimmune disease patients in Saudi Arabia
August 7, 2017

Prof. Tadamitsu Kishimoto of Osaka University, winner of the King Faisal International Prize for Medicine 2017, has stated that more than 100 countries, including Saudi Arabia, have adopted an effective biological approach in the treatment of autoimmune diseases, raising hopes for millions of people around the world who suffer from such diseases.
Prof. Kishimoto, who was recently awarded the prestigious prize for the discovery of endogenous chemical interleukin-6’s"...

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Saudis pledge $33.7 million to UN to fight cholera in Yemen
August 7, 2017

Saudi Arabia has pledged $33.7 million to help the World Health Organization (WHO) eradicate cholera in Yemen, where the disease has killed nearly 2,000 people, the WHO said on Sunday.
Gregory Hartl, a spokesman for the organization, confirmed that Saudi Arabia had signed an agreement committing the funds to help the WHO battle the spread of cholera.
In a statement on Thursday, Saudi Arabia said the money committed to WHO was part of an overall effort"...

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