On Health Care Saudization

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Today’s Arab News is running an editorial by yours truly. The editorial is based on a post I’ve written on Saturday commenting on a headline the paper carried in which an “expert” claimed that the country is in need for 100,000 Saudis to work as pharmacists in the government and the private sector. The expert went as far as saying “Those who pass the degree will instantly be employed.”

But as anybody here can tell you, statements of experts are one thing, and reality on the ground is usually quite another. As a matter of fact, many pharmacy graduates like my own brother are unemployed because they could not find any proper jobs for their qualifications. I hope this piece would draw the attention of officials in the Government and Shoura Council to this situation.

Many thanks to my friends at Arab News for giving me the chance to write about this important issue, and I’m looking forward to contribute more to the newspaper in the future.

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9 thoughts on “On Health Care Saudization

  1. With Allah Almight’s blessing, your approach to address the issues and linking with the actual work experience because a major part of their studies involved 15-week internships at pharmacies and hospitals. – Should be taken as a points for qualification.
    However, it is recommended that ministry personnel should vist countries like malaysia, canada and ireland to understand, how ministry extends the invlovement to see the intership graudates get the jobs.

    We need to understand why private organization are not employing the fresd graudates saudis.

    Also you young builders of the country ecnomics, shoudl change your life style so that you match the need of an organization and always do not traget for high salary.

    Brick by brick you can make building.

    Also during your studies do conduct an survey to udnerstand the need of the future employer.

    Wish you best of luck.
    Syed

  2. Way to go Ahmed! Saudi Arabia needs more voices like yours in the press. You have the ideal qualities, IMO, because you are addressing the real issues for the society. I’d like to read more about those boring municipal issues that affect the lives of people directly. And, of course, the employment of professional Saudis is, in my opinion, a far more important issue than many of the ones that get much more play in the media.

  3. Good stuff. Saudi has got to stop the brain drain. It isnt that there are not enough qualified Saudis, it is just that there are little opportunities in the Kingdom.

    I know several Saudi MDs here in the Metro DC and they all left Saudi because they could not find decent employment and decent pay.

  4. Just as a counterpoint, work as hard as us, be treated like dogs the way we get treated, and take the kind of pay that we get, and heck if you are a woman, let yourself be sexually harassed or worse, and you might get yourself a job in KSA!

    Don’t get me wrong, I get your point, if you are qualified, and you are willing to pound the pavement the way we do, then you should have a job. Maybe saudization can start in the domestic help market, get rid of all the Filipinos, Indians, Sri-Lankans. Allah Subhanawata’ala know that there are enough SAUDI women who could be hired as domestic help! You have a time line for Saudization in that sector?

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