The second Saudi Health Exhibition & Conference, which got under way at the Riyadh International Convention & Exhibition Center (RICEC), was officially inaugurated on (Monday, 19 May 2014) by His Royal Highness (H.R.H.) Prince Turki bin Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, the governor of Riyadh Province in the presence of Dr. Mohammed bin Hamza Khoshaim Vice Minister of Health for Planning and Development, Ministry of Health, H.E Dr. Jean-Marie LE GUEN the French Minister of State for Relations with the Parliament, H.E Mr. Bertrand Besancenot the Ambassador of France, IP dignitaries, international delegates and industry professionals.
Running until 21 May, Saudi Health the largest healthcare event in the Kingdom and hosts more than 300 exhibitors from 35 countries and 10,000 industry professionals to highlight the development path and prospects of the Saudi healthcare sector. The products and services being showcased at Saudi Health 2014 emphasize the heightened importance of the healthcare sector for the kingdom.
Commenting on the opening, Dr. Salah Al- Mazroa, Deputy Minister of Health for Engineering Affairs and Supply, said: “We are delighted to witness the launch of the second edition of Saudi Health Exhibition & Conference amidst a notable participation and interest from local and international specialized healthcare companies and service providers. The remarkable turnout once again confirms the event’s important role in offering a valuable insight on top market opportunities, expertise, best practices and leading products and solutions that provide a major contribution to the sector development and addressing challenges. The ten scheduled conferences highlight a set of major healthcare topics through a well specialized and experienced group of doctors and field specialists to maximize attendance benefits, and thus we invite all industry specialists to effectively attend and participate in its sessions that awards up to 30 CME accredited hours.”
In collaboration with UBI France, the Orange Business Services team showcased ICT and healthcare solutions now available in Saudi Arabia. “ICT and healthcare investments are converging to create connected-health opportunities in Saudi Arabia, where ICT investments are set to transform healthcare and improve the lives of citizens and residents here,” said Laurent Marini, Country Manager of Saudi Arabia for Orange Business Services and Managing Director of Orange Business Arabia.
In addition, the Saudi Health saw the unveiling of two new ‘world first’ infection control products by GV Health. GV Health spill kits and packs are used throughout the Middle East by organizations such as the Saudi Ministry of Health, Saudi National Guard and Libyan Ministry of Health.
Furthermore, Aramex launched Biocare, a brand new cold supply chain service across Aramex MENA markets, at Saudi Health 2014 as an innovative solution for the healthcare sector, providing an end to end temperature controlled delivery solution suitable for laboratories, hospitals and pharmaceutical companies, to move clinical specimens and medical samples domestically and globally.
In addition to the exhibition, the Kingdom’s premier healthcare event hosts 10 conferences accredited by the Saudi Commission for Health Specialties (SCFHS). The conferences discuss important and currently relevant topics related to the local and regional healthcare sector including Nursing, Hospital Management, Medical Laboratories, Biomedical Engineering, Cardiology, Radiology Technical Management, Nuclear Medicine, Rehabilitation, Future of Healthcare Sector in Saudi Arabia and the Future of Radiology in Saudi Arabia.
Fueled by a significant 30 per cent growth compared to the last edition, Saudi Health 2014 secured the participation of eleven major healthcare organizations as sponsors of the event including Rakaa Medical Company as the diamond sponsor and Siemens Saudi Arabia, Salehiya Medical, Dräger Saudi Arabia, Nawah Healthcare, Care and Planning for Hospital Co. Ltd., Mediserv-Medical Supplies and Services Co, GE Healthcare and Saudi German Hospitals as platinum sponsors, in addition to 3M and Gulf Medical Company as gold sponsors. Furthermore, the event is supported by the Saudi Food and Drug Authority as an official supporting body and Council of Saudi Chambers, Council of Health Services and Sultan Bin Abdulaziz Humanitarian City as strategic partners.