Saudi health program sees road deaths drop 50%, life expectancy rise

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s healthcare transformation program has led to a 50 percent decline in fatalities from road accidents, as highlighted by the Kingdom’s health minister.


The announcement was made by Fahad Al-Jalajel on Jan. 30, confirming the successful completion of the initial phase of the health transformation program by launching 20 health clusters in various regions of the Kingdom.


The minister added that the World Health Organization’s commendation of the dietary policies adopted to enhance health and community protection is a testament of the good healthcare services provided in the Kingdom, according to the Saudi Press Agency.Moreover, Al-Jalajel noted an elevation in the average life expectancy to 77.6 years, with ongoing endeavors to push it even further to 80 years by 2030.


In a celebration held in Riyadh, the minister commended the leadership for its support. He also announced the conclusion of the initial phase of healthcare transformation, citing promising outcomes such as reduced traffic accident fatalities and recognition from the world’s top health policy-making agency.

Moreover, the minister announced the commencement of the second phase of healthcare transformation, named “Quality,” which focuses on the transition of health clusters to the Health Holding Co., approved by the Saudi Cabinet in 2022.


Al-Jalajel extended appreciation to those who contributed to accomplishing the initial phase, acknowledging and honoring healthcare workers for their dedicated efforts.


Attended by the Minister of Hajj and Umrah, Tawfiq Al-Rabiah, the event concluded with the health minister honoring the clusters that have shown outstanding performances.

Al-Jalajel also praised the heads of the health consultative councils at the Kingdom’s level for their efforts in completing the first phase of the transformation.


With an emphasis on enhancing accessibility, upgrading facilities and equipment, and amplifying private sector investments, Saudi Arabia’s healthcare system is undergoing a comprehensive transformation to address the requirements of every individual in society, as stated by the Vision 2030 roadmap for the sector.


Spanning telemedicine consultations, data-informed treatment strategies, and improved traffic safety, the health sector’s modification program is committed to securing a prolonged,

healthy, and productive life for all Kingdom residents.

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