Saudi Arabia: private health group to establish diabetes care facilities
This article was originally published in Clinica
A Saudi Arabian private healthcare group has won a SR42m ($11m) government tender to establish eight diabetic centres across the country. According to Arab News, the centres will be established and maintained by the Riyadh-based Al-Majal Arabian Group and will be based at a number of hospitals: King Khaled Hospital (Hafr Al-Batin); King Abdullah Hospital (Bisha); King Khaled Hospital (Najran); King Fahd Hospital (Baha); King Faisal Hospital (Qurayat); Prince Abdul Rahman Al-Sudairi Hospital (Jouf); Arar Central Hospital; and Qunfuda Central Hospital. 890,000 people were affected by diabetes in Saudi Arabia in 2000; the number is expected to increase to 2.5m by 2030 according to the World Health Organization (WHO).