H.R.H. Prince Faisal Bin Bandar Bin Abdulaziz, Governor of Riyadh, opened Sheikh Saleh Al-Rajhi Eye Diabetic Center at King Khalid Eye Specialist Hospital (KKESH) in Riyadh yesterday with the presence of Health Minister Eng. Khalid Abdulaziz Al-Faleh. The construction of the building was funded by Sheikh Saleh Al-Rajhi endowments.
On that occasion, Prince Faisal Bin Bandar Bin Abdulaziz asserted that the collaboration of both private and public sectors establishes excellence of achievement in which the efforts of the private sector conform with the government's services.
“The government spares no effort to provide the best services to citizens but they are also required to contribute to these areas. Sheikh Al-Rajhi took the initiative by establishing this center which aims to treat diabetic eye diseases” Prince Faisal stated.
He also added that as a Saudi citizen, he is proud of his country, leadership and people who made this country a shining example of the social work that supports the government's strategies. Prince Faisal Bin Bandar expressed deepest gratitude to Bin Dayel contracting company describing it as a leading company that saved the project after a period of suspension.
Health Minister said: "the Kingdom is going through a large economic experience. The economic transformation program, which has been started recently and which will be launched soon will be a partnership with the private sector in investment. Sheikh Saleh Al-Rajhi Center is a good example for the private sector to follow. This project will benefit thousands of diabetic patients in the coming years.
Al-Faleh added: "the Ministry of Health can build hundreds of hospitals and chances are open to anyone who wants to contribute in this voluntary work.
He pointed out that all country’s institutions are looking forward to improving their performance. KKESH is considered as one of the distinguished public institutions. It provides the best healthcare services worldwide. We know that some citizens complain about the poor quality of government projects. They hold government institutions and contracting companies accountable for such shortcomings. Therefore, we should be aware of our mutual responsibility and hope that the future governmental projects will be carried out by the Saudi contractor in a more professional and distinguished manner.
Sheikh Mohammed bin Dayel, the project director said: "Ben Dayel Company had the honor to be the main contracting company in the construction of this major center. We considered high standards in the construction of this center.
Dr. Abdulelah bin Abbad Al -Towerki , General Executive Director of KKESH, expressed his deepest thanks and appreciation to the Governor of Riyadh for the patronage of the opening ceremony, noting that the opening of the Diabetic Retinopathy center came as part of the keenness to improve health services and to cover the increasing number of patients. The center treats diabetic retinopathy in addition to other different retinal diseases. It was constructed inside the hospital’s campus at a total cost 40 million Riyals funded by Sheikh Saleh Al-Rajhi Endowments. It was furnished with medical and non-medical equipment from the hospital budget.