World’s biggest camel hospital opens in Qassim

Emir of Qassim Prince Dr. Faisal Bin Mishal Bin Saud at the inauguration of the world's biggest camel hospital in Buraidah on Sunday. — SPA

The Emir of Qassim Region Prince Dr. Faisal Bin Mishal Bin Saud inaugurated the world’s biggest camel hospital here on Sunday. The Salam Veterinary Group hospital will be treating camels. It will also have research facility to diagnose various ailments relating to them, SPA said.

Minister of Environment, Water and Agriculture Abdulrahman Bin Abdul Mohsen Al-Fadhli was also in attendance at the event.

Boon for camel owners

Prince Dr. Faisal also stressed that the SR100mn project is a national achievement carried out with a high level of professionalism. It will enhance animal medicine and production development, he said. The hospital will transform the way of treating various illnesses afflicting the camels. It will be a boon for the camel owners, the emir added.

After unveiling a plaque for the hospital headquarters, Prince Dr. Faisal also toured the hospital’s specialized central laboratories, which have over 60 equipment and devices for conducting over 160 types of analyses.

The emir visited the hall where camels got check up. The hall is big enough to accommodate 144 camels at any given time.

The emir also toured sheds meant for camels. The sheds are over a large area and can accommodate 4,000 riding camels at the same time. He was briefed on the model for the young camels unit, the ICU, CT scan unit, and the operations theaters that are well-equipped for safe, delicate and precise procedures and surgeries.

The hospital is on an area of 70,000 sq. meters at a cost of over SR100 million, and includes many technologies to enhance production and research centers to study the causes of disease. The hospital has also many experts in this field to enhance services for camel herders and raise production rate.

Shift in embryology

Among the goals for establishing a camel hospital is to bring about a shift in embryology and the traditional fertilization process of camels, whose age ranges between 25 to 30 years. At present, they produce seven young camels per season. Additionally, the hospital will contribute to raising the rate of fetal production in camels from 100 fetuses to 700.

The emir also expressed thanks and appreciation to the minister of environment, water and agriculture for his follow-up and permanent support for such economic projects serving the country.