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    Industry Updates

    Oman prepares for PCR testing at airport
    Source: Oman Observer

    Muscat: Oman Airports has invited bids for the supply, installation, and operation of PCR testing solutions as the country decided to allow Omanis to travel abroad and residents with valid entry permits to return home.

    “Oman Airport invites qualified local and international companies to submit proposals for the supply, installation, and operation of PCR testing solutions at all the locations identified by the Ministry of Health and at Muscat International, Salalah, and regional Airports,” the company said.

    The closing date for the tender is July 30. Many airports are now offering Covid-19 tests to all arriving and departing passengers. The Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test allows for travelers to satisfy entry requirements.

    “Ideally Covid-19 testing would be required in advance of arrival at the airport and within 24 hours of travel. Passengers arriving “ready-to-fly” reduces the risk of contagion in the airport and enables early re-accommodation for any traveler who tests positive,” according to IATA.

    If testing is required as part of the travel process, it is recommended at departure. Governments would need to mutually recognize test results and data transmission should take place directly between passengers and governments in a similar manner as e-visa clearances are currently handled, said IATA.

    Any testing requirements should only be in place for as long as necessary. To ensure this, regular evaluations should be conducted.

    Worldwide, airports and airlines have their own style of Covid-19 prevention and protection, but the two most consistent solutions to prevention are physical distancing in the queues and required face-coverings. Seeing constant reminders to wear a face mask in the airport terminal is going to be a common occurrence for quite some time.

    Five new medicine, healthcare product factories coming up in Oman
    Source: Times of Oman

    Muscat: To ensure Oman is able to remain self-sufficient when it comes to providing medicines and other life-saving healthcare products to people in the country, five new medical factories are currently being constructed in the country, the Ministry of Commerce and Industry (MOCI) has announced.

    Costing a total of OMR25 million to construct, the five factories will produce various drugs and patient kits required to provide urgent medical care to patients in hospitals and at homes. One factory will make intravenous and dialysis solutions. It is first of its kind in the Sultanate. The second factory is for the production of cancer drugs.

    Another factory will produce pills, capsules and syrups. There will be a factory for the production of raw materials used in the pharmaceutical industry, and another for medical requirements such as injections.

    Sami bin Salem Al-Saheb, the MOCI’s Director General of Industry said: “As part of the national efforts to tackle the coronavirus pandemic, we are continuously working with fast pace and transparency to deal with the new emerging challenges. The measures and procedures in this regard are also being updated.

    “The Ministry of Commerce and Industry provides its continuous support to the Omani medical industry to meet the unprecedented demand for personal protective equipment and medical items,” he added. “This is considering that the wide range of personal protective equipment, such as masks, gloves and sanitizers, as well as important medical goods and services are related to COVID 19.”

    One of the biggest current economic challenges for many Omani medical manufacturers was the availability of raw materials which affects the changes in production levels. It has also largely affected health-care supply chains, many of which depend on imports. The response of the industrial sector has been distinct in this regard, as some industrial establishments have changed some production lines to adapt to the new requirements.