The Saudi Ministry of Health has launched a new strategy to increase the average age of Saudis from 74 to 80 years by 2030, and included many key themes that will represent a quantum leap in public health within the Saudi society.
- Smoking, obesity, and unhealthy food are the main reasons for the decline in age
According to Saudi media, the vision of the Ministry of Health stems from the focus on raising the Saudis’ awareness of the mechanism of building a healthy lifestyle as well as the risks and the disadvantages of some misconduct such as smoking, lack of exercise, the increase of refined sugars, excessive dependence on antibiotics, and the fear of conducting early examinations.
- “Saudi Health” organizes the National Forum for Occupational Safety and Health
The ministry will rely on the spread of “family medicine” in the Saudi cities and governorates, which provides families with comprehensive medical care not only for treatment, but also for early consultation, so that each family has a physician who is familiar with the history of the family and able to diagnose any disease more accurately. This trend boosts the opening of many medical colleges with the specialization of “family medicine” that can annually pump hundreds of specialized physicians.
Field surveys are underway for hundreds of thousands of families in all regions and even within the educational complexes to build a database that includes the most common diseases within the society according to a classification of its region and age groups, in addition to identify the causes of these diseases and work to reduce their spread by providing the necessary prevention and the suitable treatment.
The Ministry has recently completed the construction of the new health care model, which is an integrated service for the citizen even before his birth until his death. The model monitors the necessary vaccinations and visits of citizens to health centers through the electronic medical record.
This allows communicating with the citizen and informing him of the need to check the clinics whenever he is required to do so, adding to checking the quality of the drugs dispensed to him to make sure they fit him and does not interfere with any other drugs he may take.
The Ministry pays special attention to newborn screening; 90% of the newborn in the Kingdom’s hospitals undergo early examinations. This has helped in treating thousands of children with heart defects or hearing disorders since the early detection, within two weeks after birth, has facilitated the success of treatment.