MEDICAL CITY LIKELY BY 2021
MUSCAT, 3 JULY 2017—The Medical City planned for Muscat will be ready by 2021, a top official from the Ministry of Health told the Invest in Oman Forum on Wednesday.
The project, to host a number of medical services, will be situated on the Halban Road, 6 km from the Batinah Expressway. The project that will offer various medical services in specialised fields and includes a general hospital, a children’s hospital, a transplant hospital, rehabilitation centre, head and neck hospital, college of health sciences and a research centre and laboratory.
As per the initial plans, the Medical City will also include a trauma hospital, a rehabilitation centre, an imaging centre and a laboratory centre. There will also be a convention centre and a college for neuro-science and other sciences among other facilities.
Source: Oman Daily Observer, 4 July 2017
STARCARE TO OPEN 100-BED HOSPITAL IN BARKA
MUSCAT, 3 JULY 2017—Starcare Group announced on Wednesday that it will open a 100-bed hospital in Barka by the end of the year.
The largest private hospital in the country will initially have 100 beds and offer 25 specialities. The announcement was made at InterContinental Muscat.
Starcare will also launch its brand of Cuddles Birthing Centre in Barka to offer special care to women and children.
Dr Sadik Kodakat, chairman, Starcare Group, said, “Barka has seen a huge population growth recently and its residents are currently travelling to Muscat and Rustaq for hospital care. We initially planned for a mateity hospital, but several of our friends from Barka, as well as our own staff, convinced us to establish a full-fledged hospital that caters to all types of healthcare needs. And looking at the response, I am very happy that we listened to them.”
The hospital will have three mode operating rooms, intensive care units, 24-hour laboratory and 20 outpatient consultation rooms. The hospital will also have MRI and 4D ultrasound scans for the first time in Batinah region, officials said.
Source: Muscat Daily, 24 May 2017
GOVERNMENT HAS LAID SOUND FOUNDATION FOR INTEGRATED HEALTH SYSTEM, SAYS H E DR. SAEEDI
MUSCAT, 29 MARCH 2017— H E Dr Ahmed bin Mohammed bin Obaid al Saeedi, Minister of Health, on Tuesday highlighted the govement’s role in laying a sound foundation as part of the integrated health system, which covers spending, equivalent to 2.7 per cent of the GDP.
He said that the govement accounts for 81.1 per cent of the total health expenditure.
It manages approximately 83.1 per cent of the hospitals, 95.5 per cent of the hospital beds, 62.2 per cent of outpatient services and 94.5 per cent of the inpatient care services.
H E Dr Saeedi said that the rapid reduction of mortality rates and control of communicable diseases is a healthy development, pointing out that the Legatum Index confirms the development of the health sector, where the sultanate comes second in the Arab world and 26th inteationally in the health foundation.
He said that during the eighth Five-Year Plan, five hospitals, four specialised health centres and 39 health centres were opened in different goveorates.
Source: Muscat Daily, 29 May 2017
IDEALMED JV TO BUILD 100-BED HOSPITAL IN OMAN
MUSCAT, 6 FEBRUARY 2017— Idealmed Group, a leading player in the global healthcare industry, said its joint venture firm, Al Afia Healthcare Development and Investment Company, is set to start work on a six-storey hospital project in Oman.
Spread over a 10,000-sq-m area, the Idealmed Muscat Hospital will come up in the Ghubra area of the sultanate overlooking the Sultan Qaboos Street, reported the Oman Observer.
Besides the Portuguese group, Al Afia Healthcare Development and Investment Company has Oman Brunei Investment Company and Suhail Bahwan Group as its key partners.
Idealmed Group operates more than 20 healthcare facilities around the world, and has developed the Idealmed Institute in close collaboration with the University of Coimbra, to provide ongoing training to its global facilities.
"The Idealmed Muscat Hospital will offer a warm and nurturing environment with access to local expertise as well as world-renowned physicians and programmes," remarked its CEO Dr Dania Alsammarae.
The hospital's architecture will be a mix of traditional Islamic architecture and Omani heritage with modeity, offering open spaces and special entrances for clinics to ensure the maximum level of privacy for all patients, said the report.
The 100-bed hospital will boast of 43 specialised medical clinics, centres of excellence in ophthalmology, orthopaedics, cardiovascular disease, and mother and child care, it added.
Source: Trade Arabia, 6 February 2017