Road casualties a big challenge

Thu, 06 June 2013

By A Staff Reporter —


MUSCAT — Oman will have 250 health institutions at the end of the current Five-Year Plan and work is under way on 10 new hospitals, some will be completed soon and some will replace the existing hospitals. This was stated by Dr Ahmed bin Mohammed al Saeedi, Minister of Health, when he was hosted by the State Council yesterday. Detailing the achievements of the ministry in the presence of Dr Yahya bin Mahfoudh al Mantehri, Chairman of the State Council, members and secretary-general, Dr Al Saeedi affirmed the ministry’s keenness to provide high quality healthcare, indicating that sincere efforts are made in this direction, enhanced by the presence of 236 health institutions, represented hospitals, health centres and complexes, providing health services.

He stressed on the need to achieve sustainable health 2050 for 10,000 health centres in accordance with the increase in population, geographical locations, adding that population will be doubled by 2050 and that requires doubling the health services to meet the needs of the population. Dr Al Saeedi praised the Royal directives regarding standardisation the salaries in the health sector in all the state’s health institutions, which will have a positive effect on the employees.

He pointed out that the greatest challenge facing the health sector in the Sultanate is the traffic related casualties, in addition to supply of medical personnel, adding that health institutions suffers shortage in pharmacology, dentistry and the private sector is also suffering the same problem.

He affirmed that Omanisation rate in health sector is 67 per cent of the total medical cadre, which is a reasonable percentage, affirming that the ministry is gradually increasing the rate in the coming years and the keenness to increase the enrolment in medical colleges or opening new medical colleges. He said that there is a plan to send students to European countries for undergraduate and postgraduate studies in various medical disciplines to work as consultants upon returning to the Sultanate.

Dr Ali bin Talib al Hinai, Under-Secretary of the Ministry of Health for Planning Affairs, gave a presentation on the Medical City project due to be established in Al Fulaij in the Wilayat of Barka, which is one of the most important projects in the Sultanate implemented by the ministry, and will be located near Sultan Qaboos University (SQU). He added that the Medical City, when completed, will receive patients from various referral hospitals in the Sultanate, and that the construction work will begin after completing the consultancy studies. — ONA