Ministry of Health orders health institution shutdown for six months



Muscat: The Directorate-General of the Private Health Institutions of the Ministry of Health recently ordered closure of a health institution for a period of six months for violation of rules.

The ministry, in a statement, said that the decision was taken at a meeting of the directorate-general's committee of administrative and technical offence after the inspection teams and the report of the evaluation committees found gross violation of rules.

 The committee has also slapped a fine of more than OMR5,000 on the health institution.

Along with the closure of the health institution, the committee also barred the dentist from working for a period of one month for violating a law regarding practising human medicine and dentistry and non-renewal of licences of doctors working with the institution.

The inspection teams of the Directorate-General of Private Health Institutions and the evaluation committees have found that the work in the said health institution was being done without obtaining a proper licence. It  also allowed unlicensed cadres to work for it. Besides, its medicine storage facilities were not proper.

According to the report, it was also found that ministry's policies with regard to infection control were not implemented correctly.

In its statement, the Directorate-General of Private Health Institutions also pointed out that the private sector was playing a very important role in providing health services. It has urged the private sector to work hard to provide better and advanced health services to Omanis and expatriates. It also said that the norms and rules decided by the ministry for health services should not be violated.

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