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Better Health Centers are Needed in Mastura

MasturaIn order to have better healthcare facilities, people of , 200 km north of , have urged authorities to take serious steps. Al-Madinah newspaper reported “They slammed the dismal state of the lone primary healthcare center in the town. The center has several buildings located on a large area, but locals are not in a position to take advantage of them as they are in a dilapidated state and are poorly maintained”. Ayman Al-Mazmoumi, a local citizen, said “The center has failed in its duty of making basic healthcare services available to people in the region. It is unfortunate that the center cannot maintain a minimum standard of health services for residents, especially emergency services. It lacks sufficient numbers of doctors and paramedical staff. The center has become a breeding ground for mosquitoes, flies and rodents due to the poor maintenance and unhygienic conditions”.

“It was very difficult for people in the area to transport patients to the nearest hospital, Rabigh General Hospital, located 45 km from Mastura. It is a very risky and arduous journey taking the sick, especially those in a serious condition, to the hospital. Most often it refuses to admit patients who do not produce a referral note from the primary health center” said another citizen Sami Auda. Dr. Sami Badawoud, director general of Jeddah’s health affairs department, told the newspaper that due to problems with the contractor, the establishment of eight new health centers has been delayed. He said “The ministry had decided earlier to revoke the contracts awarded to the contractor. These projects would be awarded to a new contractor within the coming few days” and he admitted that the building and medical facilities at the existing health center in Mastura were in a dismal state.

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