Muscat: In a bid to stem the flow of Omani patients going abroad for specialised treatment, the Oman government has decided to build a major medical city near Muscat with an expenditure of OMR567 million. This is going to be the second such facility after the proposed International Medical City in Salalah promoted by the Saudi-based Apex Medical Group.
"The proposal for the medical city has already been approved by the Cabinet and we are now working on identifying land. It will be between Muscat and North Batinah region, where the concentration of population is high," said Dr. Ahmed Al Qasmi, Director General of Planning, Ministry of Health. He was presenting a paper on the upcoming healthcare projects in the Sultanate at the Oman Construction Summit.
Dr. Al Qasmi said the medical city would have a general hospital with a capital expenditure of OMR200 million, a paediatric hospital with an investment of OMR60 million, a specialised tertiary hospital with an investment of OMR65 million and several other state-of-the-art healthcare facilities.
Dr. Al Qasmi said though Oman has made tremendous progress in developing primary healthcare facilities, the country is lacking specialised hospitals. "We are the eight best in the world in primary healthcare facility. But we lack specialised hospitals," he said, adding "this can be resolved by building medical cities and tertiary hospitals."
He said the country needs more specialised hospitals for advanced treatment, which will check people going abroad for treatment.