Muscat: For the benefit of residents from one of the fastest-growing suburbs of the capital, the Directorate General of Health Services in Muscat Governorate said the Al Nahda Health Centre in Al Amerat will provide primary and specialised care services for 24 hours.
Usually, local residents go to the nearest public hospitals such as Al Nahda Hospital in Ruwi or the emergency department of Royal Hospital and both can be crowded at times. The decision is part of the government move to relieve the load on reference hospitals.
Dr Ahmed al Hanashi, a doctor at Al Nahda Health Centre, said that the decision is in line with the population growth in the Wilayat Al Amerat and following requests from people to open a centre that can offer treatment at night.
During Ramadhan, Al Nahda Health Centre will operate in four shifts - 8 am to 1 pm, 1 pm to 7 pm, 7 pm to 12 am, and 12 am to 8 am.
The health centre will have services such as a general medicine clinic, a diabetes clinic, a dental clinic, a physiotherapy clinic, x-rays, a laboratory, examination rooms, and operation rooms, in addition to other facilities such as a room for sterilising tools and other health facilities, waiting rooms for men and women, administrative offices and other medical, administrative and service facilities.
Dr Hilal bin Ali al Sabti, Minister of Health, said that some new hospital projects will come up in the near future. "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," he said.
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."