Petroleum Development Oman (PDO) signed 18 Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) on Wednesday in the presence of Dr Ahmed bin Mohammed bin Obaid al-Sa’eedi, the Minister of Health.
The package includes the funding of a new in-patient ward for the neurology department at Khoula Hospital and an echocardiography machine for Al Nahdha Hospital, both in the capital, to support thousands of patients, 50 adjustable beds for physiotherapy and rehabilitation treatment for elderly and disabled people, and a new ambulance for Al Mashash Health Centre in Masqshan.
Among a range of infrastructure commitments, PDO is backing a new Food and Water Control Laboratory in Haima to cater for the research and analysis needs of Al Wusta Governorate, and the construction of a walk way with outdoor sport equipment to help communities exercise outdoors in the public park in Dhank.
Another infrastructure pledge is for the renovation and maintenance of the 450-metre falaj at Al Mughbariyha in Samail, an important irrigation channel for agriculture and palm trees.
To boost employment, PDO is also backing an employability skills programme for 30 jobseekers in Bahla to help them secure work.
The Company will also donate eight new mobile veterinary clinics for Ibri, Adam Thumrait, Bahla, Al Jazir, Shaleem, Maqshan and Haima to improve the wellbeing of livestock and boost the local economy in rural areas. This follows the donation last year of 12 mobile veterinary clinics currently in use across the Sultanate.