The great expansion in healthcare all over the Kingdom requires a large number of health personnel and therefore the health manpower in the Ministry has increased considerably. In 1970 the Ministry’s total health manpower was 4,438; this number had risen to 73,314 in 1999. The number of physicians has increased from 789 to 14,786, nursing staff from 2,253 to 36,340 and allied health personnel from 1,396 to 22,188 in the same period.
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