(MENAFN - Arab News) The General Organization for Social Insurance (GOSI) provided comprehensive medical care for some 65,656 work injuries during the last Hijri year of 1433.
The medical services provided to the injured were diagnosis, treatment, surgery, rehabilitation, medicines, medical supplies and prostheses which contributed to the recovery of 7 percent of the total number of injured, according to a GOSI statement.
The number of injuries represented 0.99 percent of the total number of contributors covered under the Social Insurance Scheme, it said.
According to GOSI data, the number of non-Saudi injured contributors reached 61,997, representing 94.42 percent compared to 3,659 Saudis, or 5.57 percent of the total number of injuries.
The big difference between the non-Saudi and Saudi injuries is attributed to the fact that the number of non-Saudi contributors is higher than the number of Saudi contributors (4.46 non-Saudi contributors to one Saudi contributor), and the nature of work performed by non-Saudi contributors, the statement said.
Most work injuries resulted from the engagement in activities of construction, trade and manufacturing which accounted for 85.21 percent of the total number of injuries. Some 77.67 percent of the total number of contributors came from this sector and 32.88 percent of injuries occurred in the upper limbs, the report said.
According to the report, 44,644 injured contributors recovered without incurring disability, 2,386 recovered with disabilities, 351 died and 18,275 are under treatment, representing 68 percent, 3.63 percent, 0.53 percent and 27.83 percent of the total number of injuries respectively.
GOSI contracts with hospitals and medical centers throughout the Kingdom for the provision of medical care for contributors who sustained work injuries. Moreover, GOSI pays the injured contributor a daily allowance of 100 percent of the daily wage in case of absence from work due to work injury.
GOSI also pays an injured person and his companion the expenses of transportation from the workplace or residence to treatment facilities in addition to the expenses of lodging if the person is forced to reside there, the report said.