Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz, the Deputy Premier, Minister of Defense and Aviation and Inspector General, today laid the foundation stone of King Fahd Specialist Hospital in Tabuk.
Then Crown Prince Sultan was briefed by Eng. Mohammed Abdullah Algahtani, Director General of Projects and Maintenance Department at the Ministry of Health, on the two-phase project.
Phase one of the 500-bed hospital includes the main building, which comprises an underground, five floors, services building and a tunnel, administration, out-patient, kidneys dialysis buildings, mosque, stores, and nurses boarding house.
Phase two includes 12 buildings designed to accommodate the families of the hospital's personnel, and two buildings as homes for bachelors and a creation center.
Then Crown Prince Sultan unveiled the project's plaque and laid the foundation stone of the project, giving the go ahead for construction works to start immediately.
During the speech ceremony which followed the laying of the ground works ceremony, the Minister of Health said, in a speech read on his behalf by Dr. Alsuraisiri, that the Ministry started to build a chain of specialist hospitals throughout the Kingdom.
Starting with phase one of King Fahd Medical City in Riyadh, the Ministry also inaugurated King Fahd Specialist Hospital in the eastern region, followed by King Abdulaziz Specialist Hospital in Aljouf, the Specialist Hospital in Hail, the Specialist Hospital in Jeddah and the Specialist Hospital in Buljarashi, in addition to this hospital in Tabuk, the Minister said.
He also highlighted the future plans of his Ministry in the region.
The occasion was attended by Prince Fahd bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz, the Governor of Tabuk Region, princes, senior officials, dignitaries and people of the region.