Saudi Arabia’s Acting Health Minister Adel Fakeih has commissioned Saudi Aramco to help run the East Jeddah Hospital.

The facility was slated to be operational two years ago but the opening of the government hospital has been delayed.

The Jeddah health department issued a press release last month promising that the hospital would open by the end of April this year, but this did not happen because the facility allegedly lacked certain supplies and equipment, the Arab News said.

Khalid Al-Falih, Saudi Aramco’s chief executive officer,  visited the hospital and committed to the health ministry to solve the problems.

The 500-bed hospital is intended to “offer comprehensive treatment and diagnostic services, with a kidney center, emergency section, and a one-day surgery facility,” the Arab News said.

Two hundred of the beds are supposed to be reserved for emergencies and accident victims.

There will also be 80 intensive care beds and a 60-bed unit for dialysis, the report said.

“It has four modern towers with various sections, including obstetrics, gynecology, maternity, dentistry, cardiology, outpatient, internal medicine, pulmonary diseases, and oncology,” the report said.

Jeddah is currently experiencing a shortage of hospital beds, with the King Fahd and King Abdul Aziz hospitals currently serving the city.


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