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Advanced Solutions to Strengthen Healthcare Management During the Hajj Season

Building on GE’s longstanding partnership with the Saudi Ministry of Health (MoH), GE Healthcare was again called by the MoH to provide comprehensive support services, medical technologies and highly experienced manpower to support its health programs in the cities of Mecca and Medina during the Hajj season.

Each year, Muslims from around the world participate in the Hajj, a spiritual 10-day pilgrimage of deep prayer and solidarity which according to Islamic doctrine, all Muslims are called to make at least once during their lifetimes. The journey, spanning several miles on foot in searing temperatures, is a strenuous one and places considerable pressure on the local healthcare system.  Many who make the journey are often elderly and/or suffering ill health.

To cope with the influx of pilgrims into the area, the Saudi Arabian Ministry of Health each year invests considerably to ensure the optimal provision of healthcare services, with several hospital facilities in the area specifically established to operate just once a year during the Hajj season.

Service General Manager for GE Saudi Arabia, Mohamed El-Demerdash said: “We were honored to cooperate with the Ministry of Health to support its healthcare management during Hajj.  GE has a long history of partnerships with the Ministry, and this is an added testament to the government’s trust in our competencies to deliver advanced and cutting edge healthcare technologies.”

In the lead up to Hajj, GE Healthcare set up a temporary dedicated stock of critical medical equipment and spares in Mecca.  In addition, this year GE Healthcare also provided:

  • The “Cyber FE Tele-Service”, an integrated approach with real-time video support, providing greater site information for faster diagnosis;
  • 20 highly skilled personnel to support MoH operations, including senior field engineers, service center agents and logistics specialists;
  • Healthcare technologies including CT scanners, MR, Cathlab, X-rays, monitors, incubators and vital medical equipment helping to assist the 32 hospitals and 150 medical centers in Mecca, 12 hospitals and 515 medical centers in Medina and 23 hospitals and 195 medical centers in the Hajj Main Area (Masha’er) – covering a total footprint of over 33,000 beds.

GE Healthcare has a strong presence in Saudi Arabia since more than 25 years, and employs over 200 skilled professionals. The operations of GE Healthcare in the Kingdom are aligned with the Saudi Vision 2020 that aims to provide higher levels of healthcare for the population.

With over 10,000 GE Healthcare products serving nearly 90% of all hospitals, GE has also been working with the Ministry of Health to help build a sustainable healthcare model under healthymagination.

In order to help hospitals under the Ministry of Healthoffer the highest technological quality of care, GE Healthcare has trained more than 1,300 Ministry of Healthprofessionals. GE has also helped transform the operation rooms of eight Ministry of Healthhospitals and six Nation Guard Health Affairs Departments through tools and methodologies that are all aimed to enhance operational efficiencies.

GE launched its healthymagination initiative in Saudi Arabia in 2010, and also undertook a public survey to understand and build on the prevailing concepts of good health. The company has launched a dedicated website www.healthymagination.me and its social networking platforms such as Twitter (http://twitter.com/Li9o7etna) and Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/healthymagination.me) to raise consumer awareness and provide education around healthier living. The social networking platforms of GE have gained strong response in the Kingdom.  Join the conversation at our GE Hewar blog: http://middleeast.geblogs.com/

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Each year, Muslims from around the world participate in the Hajj, a spiritual 10-day pilgrimage of deep prayer and solidarity which according to Islamic doctrine, all Muslims are called to make at least once during their lifetimes