Dr Hilal bin Ali al Sabti, Minister of Health, has said that some new hospital projects will come up in the near future.
Speaking during the Ramadhan Nights programme, he said that the new Sultan Qaboos Hospital project in Salalah is 40 per cent complete while work on the Suwaiq Hospital is nearly 60 per cent complete.
The minister added, "We are in the stage of improving trust between health institutions and citizens by facilitating easy access and by raising the level of quality and efficiency."
The minister said the decentralisation of the health sector is important to provide services to citizens in various governorates and avoid the need to travel to the capital for treatment."
"Every work entrusted to employees of the health sector is carried out with responsibility and ensures that basic principles are not violated."
The new Sultan Qaboos Hospital in the Dhofar Governorate, when completed, will have seven floors and 700 beds.
The new hospital will be equipped with the latest devices and construction will be completed by the end of 2024.
The main building of the hospital will include units for accident and emergency, medical imaging, rehabilitation, chemotherapy, dialysis, burns, day clinics, and pediatric and intensive care.
Recently, a top official of the United Nations praised the efforts of the Sultanate of Oman in controlling the spread of Covid-19 as well as its ability to recover from the pandemic.
Ted Chaiban, UN Global Lead Coordinator for Covid Vaccine Country Readiness and Delivery, conveyed the eagerness of the international community to cooperate with Oman in its efforts to curb the pandemic and limit its effects.
Chaiban said that the international community has learned a lot from the pandemic, and has become more prepared to deal with it and any other in the future.
He also stressed the importance of cooperation between countries, and the need to provide assistance to the least developed and most affected countries, especially those currently undergoing challenges, including Yemen.