The medical staff of the Saudi field hospital in Pakistan have returned to the Kingdom after two years. Saudi Arabia established the hospital in Mansehra, North-West Frontier Province shortly after the October 2005 earthquake that devastated the area.
Saudi Ambassador to Pakistan Ali Asseri hosted a dinner for the Saudi medical staff at his residence in Islamabad last night. In remarks on the occasion, Asseri praised the staff and expressed pride that nearly a million patients have visited the hospital for treatment since its establishment.
The ambassador noted that the Saudi Popular Campaign for the Pakistani People would remain in the country and continue to provide humanitarian assistance as long as necessary.
The hospital holds 40 beds and is furnished with state-of-the-art medical equipment. It is equipped with an emergency room, ICU, two operation rooms, five general clinics, a gynecology clinic, ENT clinic, dressing room, laboratory and pharmacy.
In November 2006, Saudi Arabia handed the field hospital over to the Pakistani government.