Three new prime hospitals are expected to open in Oman between 2019 and 2021, according to Dr Ahmed Al Saidi, Minister of Health.
On Wednesday, after announcing the construction of Sultan Qaboos Hospital in Salalah, the country’s tallest and second biggest hospital, the minister on Thursday signed two agreements for the construction of Al Suwaiq Hospital in North Al Batinah and Khasab Hospital in Musandam.
Al Suwaiq is one of the Sultanate’s most populated wilayats, and the new hospital will have 260 beds, according to Al Saidi.
The agreement on assigning the Al Suwaiq Hospital project was signed between the Ministry of Health (MoH) and IHG company, whereas the agreement on assigning Khasab Hospital project was signed between MoH and Carillion Alawi company.
Al Suwaiq Hospital project will be a three-storey building constructed on an area of more than 200,000 square meters.
“The timeline of finishing the projects depends on the hospital’s size. They will be ready between two to four years at maximum,” the minister said during the signing.
The 100,000 square meter Khasab Hospital will be located in the northern part of the Sultanate. It will have a capacity to accommodate 150 beds.
Both hospitals will feature outpatient clinics, nephrology unit, day-care unit, intensive care units for adults and children, special care baby unit, burns and rehabilitation unit, cardiology intensive care unit, surgery department and many more services.
The minster stated that “this only the beginning” to more projects and plans which are expected to be drafted in 2018, adding that such big-scale projects will provide job opportunities in the health sector.