A number of patients who visited King Fahd Hospital (KFH) in Hofuf criticized the facilities at the hospital, which was built in 1980.
They complained about the small size of the emergency room considering the population of Al-Ahsa governorate, which exceeds two million people. They charged that beds are in such bad conditions that patients cannot sleep on them.
Al-Hayat newspaper met some patients who were angry with the poor medical services and were demanding the Health Affairs improve the services at the hospital.
Mansour Ali, a patient, noted that most clinics are crowded with patients and it was difficult to get appointments. He added that there is a shortage of physicians and the current number of doctors cannot handle the large number of patients who come to the hospital on a daily basis.
Another patient said the hospital’s rest rooms are filthy, smell bad and it seems they have not been cleaned for a long time.
The National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) has recently criticized the hospital for its negligence and poor hygiene. It called upon the Health Ministry to step in and find an urgent solution to these problems. However, the ministry has not responded to the NACC’s demands and the hospital remains to be in poor condition.
The NACC asked the ministry to open an urgent probe into the violations and stark negligence of the hospital and its operator. It also called for inflicting heavy penalties on the operator and contractors who are responsible for the hospital’s appalling condition. It said the hospital’s services should be improved so that citizens can enjoy an acceptable level of medical services.