Saudi Ministry of Health Inks Community Health Partnership with Nahdi Medical Company

Dr. Tawfiq bin Fawzan Al-Rabiah, the Kingdom’s Minister of Health has signed a community partnership agreement with the Nahdi Medical Company. Yasser Joharji, the chief executive officer of Nahdi Medical Company represented the company during the signing of partnership agreement. The partnership accord was recently signed at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Riyadh Digital City.

The community partnership accord is intended to build a sustainable community health initiative. The Saudi Ministry of Health is encouraging the contribution of the private sector to the development of the health sector. The ministry is allowing the private sector to carry out businesses that meet the genuine needs of the Saudi community.

The Saudi Ministry of Health in a statement said it will facilitate Nahdi’s work through the agreement and administer all partnership projects between the two parties, while the medical company will provide health services in 50 educational clinics in its pharmacies for 100,000 patients, together with medical, diabetes and vaccination education, as well as a weight management programs intended for about 100,000 patients.

The chief executive officer of the medical company said they signed the agreement with the Saudi Ministry of Health on the basis of their strategy within the kingdom’s Vision 2030 blueprint that seeks to improve the community health services of the Saudi people. He said that they wish to become a central community pharmacy providing medication along with their role as provider of knowledge, awareness and services.

He explained that the medical company will provide diabetes and medication education services to patients through fifty pharmacies throughout Saudi Arabia, with the intention of completing 300,000 diabetes education sessions by 2020. In addition, an electronic app for enlightening diabetes patients will be designed and built with the aim of targeting 100,000 patients by 2020.

Nahdi will additionally arrange a couple of mobile health clinics to serve visitors and hajjis(pilgrims), both of which will provide blood pressure measurement, diabetes and medication enlightenment to 30,000 pilgrims by 2020. Non-prescription medication which includes fever reducers and cold medicines will also be offered to all the hajjis benefiting from the service.

The accord includes obesity awareness campaigns, walking and management of weight (Wazen Program) which consists of the implementation and launch of weight loss competition throughout the Kingdom through the “10 Billion Steps Campaign” that is seeking to encourage 200,000 people to take on the habit of walking 10,000 steps a day.

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