After five years of slackening, Jamoum General Hospital set to open in March

About 60 percent of work on the Jamoum General Hospital has been completed.

Saudi Gazette report

— After faltering for more than five years, Al-Jamoum General Hospital outside the holy city will start receiving patients soon, the Makkah daily reported on Sunday.

According to informed health sources, about 60 percent of work on the hospital has been completed and that it would become operational within three and a half months.

“We are now furnishing the hospital and supplying it with all the necessary medical equipment,” said Hamad Al-Otaibi, spokesman for the health affairs in Makkah.

“We will finish the furnishing and the installation of equipment by the end of March next year,” he said. Otaibi said the hospital project was given to the contractor in 2011 with the condition it should be completed by 2014 but he could not finish the job on time though the deadline was extended by six months. The hospital will have a capacity of 100 beds and will serve all villages and hamlets in Al-Jamoum governorate.

The spokesman said once it became operational, the facility would reduce the pressure on the hospitals in Makkah.

He said another 500-bed hospital is being built in Al-Sharie district in the eastern part of Makkah.

The spokesman recalled that during the past two years, a number of health centers were constructed in Makkah to provide health care to the residents, pilgrims and visitors.

“We have prepared a plan for the next 10 years to provide consummate health care to all people in the holy city,” he added.

Asked if there were plans to use the temporary hospitals in the holy sites after the Haj season, Otaibi said these well-equipped hospitals are especially constructed to extend health services to the guests of God.

He said there are a number of well-equipped public hospitals in Makkah including Al-Noor Specialist Hospital, Hira General Hospital, King Abdul Aziz Hospital in Al-Zahir district, King Faisal Hospital in Al-Shesha, Ibn Sina Hospital and the Maternity and Children’s Hospital.