According to Al-Jouf Health Affairs, a medical team at Prince Mutaib bin Abdulaziz Hospital- Sakaka, has successfully saved a patient in his 40s suffering from a rare case of intussusception (a medical condition in which a part of the intestine folds into the section next to it). By Allah’s Grace, during a surgical operation, the team has excised part of the intestine and the patient was discharged from the hospital in good health.

The patient had been suffering from severe abdominal pain accompanied by repeated diarrhea and vomiting for a week. After due medical and radiological checkups, the patient was diagnosed with intussusception between the end of the small intestine and large intestine. It is one of the rare cases after puberty which constitutes no more than 5% of intussusception cases. The team operated on him and has successfully excised the last part of the small intestine and connected it to the ascending colon. The patient was discharged from the hospital last week without any complications.

It is noted that Prince Mutaib bin Abdulaziz Hospital is the central and reference hospital for Al-Jouf’s hospitals with a capacity of 300 beds. Last year (1438H.), the hospital conducted 3,135 surgical operations.

It is noteworthy that the Ministry of Health, in line with its contribution to achieve the target of the National Transformation Program 2020, has launched the initiative of (reforming and restructuring the primary healthcare), as part of 40 initiatives designed to develop and improve the Kingdom’s healthcare services and facilities to meet the needs of the community and the expectations of our righteous leader – may Allah protect him.

This new initiative aims to provide advanced outstanding primary healthcare services, to boost satisfaction with this sector’s services, and to foster the outpatients’ trust in health services. The initiative also seeks to restore confidence in primary healthcare centers, given the growing numbers of outpatients, to ensure accessibility to all beneficiaries to reduce the burden on different health professionals, to boost the preventive measures, and provide facility-based health services, in addition to reducing congestion on emergency departments and outpatient clinics.

MOH has recently launched the new design templates of primary healthcare centers at As-Sulaimaniyah, Al-Wadi, Al-Khaleej, Al-Murabba and Al-Mansourah. All are model centers. Also, all MOH’s centers will be rehabilitated with similar templates. New centers will be set up. The news centers will provide all preventive, health and community services, while complying with CBAHI’s standards. The services include consultation clinics, primary mental clinics, as well as other services such as immunization, maternity care, family medicine and early detection of chronic diseases. Also, the community will be engaged by creating community council to take part in planning health services. Each center will incorporate a training center for family medicine fellowship with a unified e-record database. The new centers feature a modern architectural style the required safety supplies. It’s noted that the work is currently underway to start the stage of mega centers according to MOH-approved medial facility identity.