Riyadh Governor Prince Faisal bin Bandar officially opened the 300-bed King Abdullah University Hospital (KAUH) under the purview of His Majesty King Salman, inaugurating the Kingdom’s newest teaching hospital that will train the next generation of doctors.
Specializing in women’s health, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, internal medicine, and surgery, among others, the establishment of the hospital is a result of Saudi Vision 2030, which placed a renewed emphasis on the health and wellbeing of the Kingdom’s residents.
Following a tour of the hospital by the governor and an accompanying delegation, visitors praised the hospital for its anticipated role in advancing critical care.
Dr. Ahmed bin Mohammed Abu Aba, executive director of KAUH, underlined the importance of combining education with cutting-edge research to further mature the medical sector in Saudi Arabia.
“Quality and patient safety is a fundamental pillar in our care model. This is achieved on a daily basis in all tasks performed by each individual or department within the hospital system, where patients and their families are safeguarded by adopting the best practices of safety and health care,” said Abu Aba.
The hospital is part of Princess Nourah Bint Abdulrahman University (PNU) in the Saudi capital and center of government. For this reason, many international observers have their eye on Riyadh as the heart of social, economic, and political reforms that are set to increase the standard of living in the Kingdom.
As part of Vision 2030, the country’s leadership aims to improve the provision of medical services by increasing public access to medical specialists and consultants. Raising the quality of training initiatives will allow doctors to improve the treatment of chronic and specialized diseases that threaten the nation’s health.
Currently, Saudi Arabia is a hub of medical excellence within the Gulf region. With the average life expectancy rising form 66 years to 74 years in the span of three decades, Saudi Arabia is further poised to raise the country’s profile in medical research and training.
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