Saudi Arabia continues to expand its healthcare
infrastructure at an astounding rate. The kingdom
recently announced their latest healthcare budget,
which will be used to build several new healthcare
cities, many more new hospitals and clinics and
employ hundreds of doctors and other healthcare
personnel to work in and run these facilities. As
well as the all-important provision of greater and
easier access to healthcare for Saudis, it also means
that the kingdom, for the foreseeable future, will
continue to serve as a major driver in the demand
for healthcare technology, devices, equipment and
services in the region – good news for the companies that use this magazine
to market their products and services in the kingdom and the wider region.
You can read the Saudi report on page 42.
In a look at ground-breaking hospital design, we publish an article outlining
the innovative and pioneering use of geothermal energy which has
been incorporated into a new-build hospital in Chicago to help alleviate its
electricity consumption and lower its carbon footprint. Read the Advocate
Sherman Hospital story on page 48.
The atrocities in Syria continue unabated. The Union of Syrian Medical
Relief Organization regularly releases reports of the latest killings of medical
workers and bombings of medical facilities around the country. In a recent
report they say that 149 doctors have been killed in the conflict since it began
in March 2011 and, equally shocking, that 469 health workers have been
imprisoned. A Bioedge report says that the few doctors who remain in Syria
are being overwhelmed with a casualty admission every 32 seconds – the
highest rate in the world. Read the report on page 26, and the Open Letter
signed by doctors around the world, which calls on Assad to allow doctors to
treat patients without fear of attack or reprisal.
Middle East Respiratory Syndome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) continues
to inflict a high mortality in the region, mostly in Saudi Arabia. The WHO
met in September to assess the state of the virus and decided that conditions
still do not warrant the declaration of a Public Health Emergency of
Concern. They stressed, however, that healthcare facilities must
remain vigilant. The WHO will meet again in November to assess the spread
of the virus. Read the MERS-CoV update on page 32.
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