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Field hospital to start in October

21 Sep 2020

Oman’s first field hospital for COVID-19 patients will be operational by early October. 

On Monday, H E Dr Mohammed bin Saif al Hosni, Undersecretary for Health Affairs in the Ministry of Health (MoH), informed that the field hospital is currently receiving final touches before opening at the old airport.

The hospital will have 312 beds, but the first phase will be initiated with a capacity of 100 beds. A shelter centre will be attached to the field hospital with an area of 10,000sq m and a capacity of 384 beds.

“The field hospital will not receive patients directly, but only those who need to be admitted and referred from other hospitals and health centres and requiring moderate care only,” H E Dr Hosni said, adding that critical cases will be referred directly to the referral hospitals.

A medical team from the MoH consisting of 30 doctors, 115 nurses, seven lab technicians, seven assistant pharmacists and seven radiologists will run the field hospital. 

The hospital will cover patients from the governorates of Muscat, South and North Batinah, Dakhliyah, and North Sharqiyah. Other governorates will be covered if necessary in the future.

H E Sayyid Hamoud bin Faisal al Busaidi, Minister of Interior and Chairman of the Supreme Committee tasked with tackling developments resulting from the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, along with other committee members visited the site of the field hospital on Monday.

Eng Abdul Amir bin Abdul Hussain al Ajmi, executive director for External Affairs and Value Creation at Petroleum Development Oman, said that PDO praised the role of the Supreme Committee and it is eager to collaborate with the committee in the interest of the public welfare.

“PDO, in collaboration with Carillion Alawi, has equipped the field hospital with beds, medical equipment and logistic support. PDO staff contributed a large amount through a campaign that lasted for three months,” Eng Ajmi said.

The goal of establishing a field hospital is to relieve the pressure on the sultanate’s hospitals, resumption of essential services that have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as maintain the health of health workers in hospitals.

The COVID-19 field hospital, spread over 6,100sq m, has admission beds for mild and moderate cases, a temporary care section, a pharmacy, a laboratory for COVID-19 diagnosis and a radiology section.

The establishment of the field hospital was the result of collaboration between a number of government and private sector entities, including MoH, Civil Aviation Authority, Oman Airports, PDO, Royal Court Affairs, Royal Oman Police and other authorities. 

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