Saudi Arabia has recruited more than 6,000 international health workers, including doctors, nurses and paramedics to meet the country’s growing needs.

The medical professionals come from countries such as the UK, Ireland, Nigeria, Azerbaijan and South Africa.

The government has already posted 3,000 health workers, including 1,000 doctors and 2,000 nurses, at various hospitals across the country, Arab News reports.

The remaining 1,600 doctors and 2,600 nurses will take up responsibilities at medical facilities soon after arriving in the country, government officials said.

A special committee has been set up to screen applicants before they begin their roles to maintain international standards of care in hospitals and clinics, the news agency reports.