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Jeddah Hospitals Need More Beds

The National Society for Human Rights () revealed that hospitals have a drastic shortage of beds due to construction delays, leading to poor services and rising costs for patients. “The city has 1,500 beds currently, but needs a further 2,000 to keep pace with Jeddah‘s population of four million people” said Dr. Hussein Al-Shareef, Chairman of the NSHR in Jeddah. The NSHR announced that the Saudi Basic Law of Governance guarantees healthcare for every citizen. Shareef added that in towns and villages where there has been massive population growth; medical services must be offered.

He said “The NSHR inspected a 500-bed hospital in north Jeddah which was scheduled to open last year; and a 300-bed hospital in east Jeddah which was only 70 percent complete. This shows the core of the problem is the delay and failure to meet the deadline set for the completion of these vital projects.” Talal Qesti, an NSHR member commented “There are 80 hospitals and primary health care centers in Jeddah. More services are needed otherwise the situation will worsen further. The shortage of beds and medical services is seeing some hospitals charge between SR200 and SR300 for medical examinations.”

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