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Saudi Arabia to hire foreign firm to operate, develop dialysis centres

The Saudi health ministry has allocated SR1.9bn for a five-year project to provide healthcare services for kidney patients, which will be assigned soon to a foreign operating company, Saudi Gazette has reported. "The company will run the ministry's existing high level dialysis centres and build new ones to accommodate kidney failure and dialysis patients," Dr Aqeel Jamaan Al-Ghamdi, deputy minister of health for therapeutic medicine and hospitals and supervisor of the National Programme for Dialysis, told the daily. "The company will oversee the total operations of the ministry's dialysis centres and the new one that will built, provide them with the needed equipment and maintenance and staff them with experienced professionals to ensure quality services."