(MENAFN - Saudi Press Agency)
1.3.2 Developing our children's character
We intend to embed positive moral beliefs in our children's characters from an early age by reshaping our academic and educational system. Schools working with families will reinforce the fabric of society by providing students with the compassion knowledge and behaviors necessary for resilient and independent characters to emerge. The focus will be on the fundamental values of initiative persistence and leadership as well as socialskills cultural knowledge and self-awareness. We will also promote cultural social volunteering and athletic activities through empowering our educational cultural and entertainment institutions.
1.3.3 Empowering our society
We will continue modernizing our social welfare system to make it more efficient empowering and just. Subsidies for fuel food water and electricity will be better utilizedby redirectingthem towards those in need. We will provide our most vulnerable citizens with tailored care and support. Together with the private sector and non-governmental organizations we will offer preparation and training to those unable to find employment so they can smoothly join the workforce whenever possible.
1.3.4 Caring for our health
Our health care system has benefited from substantive investment in recent decades. As a result we now have 2.2 hospital beds for every 1000 people world-class medical specialists with average life expectancy rising from 66 years to 74 years in the past three decades. We are determined to optimize and better utilize the capacity of our hospitals and health care centers and enhance the quality of our preventive and therapeutic health care services.
The public sector will focus on promoting preventive care on reducing infectious diseases and in encouraging citizens to make use of primary care as a first step. It will deepen collaboration and integration between health and social care as well as supporting families to provide home care when necessary for their relatives. The public sector will focus on its planning regulatory and supervisory roles in health care. We intend to provide our health care through public corporations both to enhance its quality and to prepare for the benefits of privatization in the longer term. We will work towards developing private medical insurance to improve access to medical services and reduce waiting times for appointments with specialists and consultants. Our doctors will be given better training to improve treatment for chronic diseases such as heart disease diabetes and cancer that threaten our nation's health.
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