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New Psychiatric Clinics To Be Built In Riyadh

MoHDr. Khaled Al-Mirghalani told Arab News on Tuesday that a SR350 million mental health hospital in is going to be built by the Ministry of Health with facilities to treat patients from drug addictions. The spokesman said “The new facility with 500 beds will be built next to Al-Amal Hospital in ” adding that Al-Amal Hospital also has 500 beds.

Al-Mirghalani said that 16 more mental hospitals are being constructed across the Kingdom, each with 300 to 500 beds according to the local population. He added “Currently, we have 18 hospitals in the Kingdom that cater for mental patients and drug addicts” Al-Mirghalani mentioned that 406,724 patients were treated over the Kingdom last year with the help of 627 psychiatrists and 3,025 nurses. The spokesman said “The growing demand for such hospitals in the Kingdom is due to the increase in population” revealing that the population in Riyadh alone has doubled.

The spokesman added that the total number of beds for mental patients would be increased along with the completion of the new hospitals from 2,811 to 4,150. And in order to treat patients the ministry has 94 psychiatric clinics across the Kingdom.

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