An official source at the National Anti-corruption Commission has stated that the Commission has observed what was published in some local newspaper about the dilapidation of the building of King Abdul Aziz’s Hospital in Al-Zahir Quarter, Mecca and the stumbling of the project of establishing medical towers at the same hospital.
In order to investigate the matter, the Commission had assigned one of its engineers to directly inspect the hospital and examine its status.
The Commission had found that the hospital’s building has been run for sixty six (66) years, i.e. since 1367 H, with a capacity of two hundred and fifty (250) beds and thirty sis (36) beds for intensive care. It became clear that the building is in need of rehabilitation.
It also became clear from the inspection of the hospital that the outpatient clinics, whose number is twenty two (22) clinics, do not have rooms for the big numbers of patients whose numbers are noticed to have been increasing since the closure of Ajyad Hospital, in addition to the department’s bearing the burden of receiving most of the accidents in the surrounding traffic area, which causes patients’ timetables to be delayed.
With regard to the new project of the hospital, the Commission had found that Alawi Tunisi Contracting Establishment was declared to be the successful bidder of the project of constructing medical towers at the hospital, dated 25/1/1429 H, with contract duration of thirty (30) months.
And that the project is delayed as at the date of the visit, only a percent of (75%) of the constructions has been executed, while a period of seven months has been added to the contract, so that the delivery date would be 1/12/1432 H and in spite of that, the contractor could not deliver it on time.
And since what was published is related to the public affair and interests of citizens with which the Commission is concerned to observe, and the citizens have the right to be informed about the project’s status and the reasons for delay of its execution.
The Commission requested from the Ministry of Health to investigate the reasons of the non-execution of the project during the contract period, to take advantage of it, and determine the responsibility towards that with taking the necessary procedures to handle the consequences of delay