Saudi Forces at Forefront of COVID Battle


A mid the outbreak of COVID-19 around the world, the Armed Forces Medical Services Directorate in Saudi Arabia mobilized military hospitals, mobile medical units, specialized centers, and a fleet of medevac planes to support the Ministry of Health.

Military medical personnel also launched numerous health care initiatives to help COVID-19 patients, their families and visitors to expedite recovery and inhibit the spread of the disease.  

One innovation was the “Reassure Me” initiative that used video conferencing software to allow virtual visitation of hospitalized patients without spreading the disease to families and friends. 

An initiative called “Psychological Support” offered counseling services in Arabic and English via phone. Another program — “We Are Prepared” — helped medical staff volunteer for the COVID fight, while “Get Well” delivered medicines to stay-at-home patients.

The directorate runs 24 hospitals, 147 clinics and mobile and field hospitals across the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Dr. Ahmed Al Amri, director general of the directorate, attributed the high quality of medical services to prudent leadership decisions in Riyadh.

“The generous care and attention the Medical Services Directorate receives from His Royal Highness Crown Prince, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense, Prince Muhammad bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, and his deputy, His Royal Highness Prince Khalid bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, embodies the extent of the leadership interest in improving medical services,” Dr. Ahmed said. 

Source: Saudi Press Agency

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