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  • Ahmed Saleh

Minister of Health Fahad Al-Jalajel applauds WHO recognition of Tabuk as Healthy City

Tabuk, April 25, 2024, Minister of Health Fahad bin Abdurrahman Al-Jalajel praised the World Health Organization's (WHO) acknowledgment of Tabuk as a Healthy City, attributing this achievement to the consistent support from the wise leadership towards the healthcare sector.

Al-Jalajel highlighted that Tabuk's recognition as a Healthy City is a testament to the dedication shown by the governor of Tabuk Region and the diligent oversight by the health affairs director, in addition to the collaborative efforts of all relevant sectors.

The Ministry of Health's healthy cities program marks a significant collaboration with WHO Healthy Cities in the region and stands as the fourth such collaboration globally.

Jeddah, Madinah, Taif, and Tabuk have all earned accreditation as Healthy Cities by meeting 80 criteria established by the WHO. These cities have been distinguished by their well-maintained parks, pedestrian-friendly areas, and initiatives promoting health through primary care centers and schools.

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia boasts the largest number of accredited Healthy Cities in the region, totaling 15 across different regions of the country.

The healthy cities program is designed to enhance quality of life and prioritize health in development projects. This is achieved through the adoption of targeted health indicators and the implementation of various initiatives and programs aimed at sustaining health by addressing lifestyle-related chronic diseases.

Furthermore, the program aims to elevate Saudi Arabia's global ranking in health indicators, reduce health risks, and lower medical costs, all contributing to the vision of fostering a vibrant and healthy society.

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