MOH Opens Expansion of Sohar Hospital next Thursday
The Ministry of Health (MOH) will inaugurate next Thursday the expansion project of Sohar Hospital under the patronage of H.E. Abdulsalam bin Mohamed Al-Murshidi, President of Oman Investment Authority with the presence of H.E. Dr. Hilal bin Ali Al-Sabti, Minister of Health along with H.E. Dr. Said bin Harib Al-Lamki, MOH Undersecretary for Health Affairs.
The total cost of the expansion of Sohar Hospital was estimated at OMR 28 million to increase the hospital's capacity to more than 636 beds (i.e., increasing to 270 beds) in order to keep pace with the continuing demand for specialized health services. This expansion will also serve the residents of neighboring governorates, such as Al Buraimi Governorate and Musandam Governorate, by providing tertiary health care, which was exclusively available to specialized hospitals in the Governorate of Muscat.
The expansion project included the accident and emergency department, where the number of added beds reached 68, including eight for resuscitation (for adults and children), in addition to building an integrated intensive care unit for adults, including (17) beds and intensive care unit for children with (16) beds. Moreover, (24) incubators were added to the neonatal unit, and 25 beds for the dialysis unit were equipped with hemodialysis machines to keep pace with the steady increase in dialysis patients.
Many surgical specialties were added, and some surgical units were prepared and expanded to provide emergency treatment and surgical services such as cardiac catheterization service. The extension includes equipping a special unit for heart care consisting of two rooms equipped with the latest medical technologies. It has also started operating and performing catheterization operations and providing a special ward for post-operative heart patients equipped with (22) beds. Special care unit is available for heart patients consisting of (12) beds and two (2) isolation rooms. The new expansion also included the addition of (33) beds to the obstetrics and gynecology unit with an expansion of the Obstetric surgery room.
The new addition included 20 beds for the day-care unit to serve patients needing temporary admission and daily operations.
In addition, an MRI unit was established. Two CT scan machines and two television x-rays (sonar x-rays), a mammography device, a bone density device, an upper gastrointestinal endoscope, and a respiratory endoscope were added in order to facilitate access to proper and accurate diagnosis and early detection of diseases.
Furthermore, the expansion project includes some of the health services provided by the Hospital, including four surgical operating rooms, expanding operating room of the maternity hall, the medical laboratory and blood bank, the sterilization unit, and the medical warehouse.