Ministry of Health (Saudi Arabia)

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Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Ministry of Health
وزارة الصحة
Saudi Ministry of Health.JPG
Agency overview
Formed1950; 68 years ago (1950)
JurisdictionSaudi Arabia
Coordinates: 24°39′28″N 46°42′56″E / 24.65778°N 46.71556°E / 24.65778; 46.71556
Agency executive
  • Dr. Tawfiq Al-Rabiah, Minister

Ministry of Health (Arabic: وزارة الصحة‎) is the ministry responsible for the health of the citizens of Saudi Arabia. The current minister is Dr. Tawfiq Al Rabiah.

History and profile[edit]

In 1925, Saudi Arabia's first public health department was established in Makkah.[1] The department was responsible for building hospitals and healthcare centers and issuing and enforcing regulations to provide necessary standards for practicing medicine and pharmacology.[1] A public health council was also established to address the growing need for healthcare services and it was the highest-level supervisory board, overseeing all aspects of the country’s healthcare services.[1]

Then, these health-care institutions were transformed into a ministerial body in 1950.[2] Abdullah bin Faisal Al Saud was the first health minister.[3] The ministry is based in Riyadh.[4]

Health-care services in Saudi Arabia are provided by several public and private agencies. However, the ministry is the major planner and provider of these services.[5]



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  2. ^ David E. Long (1 January 2005). Culture and Customs of Saudi Arabia. Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 15. ISBN 978-0-313-32021-7. Retrieved 25 January 2014.
  3. ^ Ahmad, Mahmoud (9 May 2007). "Abdullah Al-Faisal Passes Away". Arab News. Retrieved 25 March 2012.
  4. ^ Basic addresses Archived 24 February 2014 at the Wayback Machine. OSCE. September 2011. Retrieved 5 February 2014.
  5. ^ Mohammed H. Mufti (29 February 2000). Healthcare Development Strategies in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Springer Science & Business Media. p. 9. ISBN 978-0-306-46314-3. Retrieved 8 September 2014.
  6. ^ a b Mustapha Ajbaili (21 April 2014). "Saudi Health Minister 'relieved of his post'". Al Arabiya. Retrieved 27 June 2014.
  7. ^ Saudi Gazette (9 December 2014). "King appoints 8 new ministers". Saudi Gazette. Archived from the original on 15 December 2014. Retrieved 12 December 2014.
  8. ^ Arab News (3 February 2015). "Health minister spells out his revamp plans". Arab News. Retrieved 11 February 2015.
  9. ^ sapq news-سبق (11 April 2015). "بأمر الملك سلمان.. إعفاء وزير الصحة أحمد الخطيب من منصبه". sapq. Retrieved 11 February 2015.

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