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Saudi Arabia's health minister, Dr Abdullah Al-Rabeeah has revealed plans to build 33 new hospitals across the kingdom, 5 of which will be ready within two years, Arab News has reported. The new 500-bed hospitals are to be located in East Riyadh, North Jeddah, Makkah, Baljurashi and Tabuk. Other major hospitals with 200 to 300 beds are being set up in South Riyadh, Jazan, Hafr Al-Baten and Abha, he said. Al-Rabeeah also said the ministry has started operations of about 800 of newly planned 1,414 primary health care centres in different parts of the country.