Petroleum Development Oman (PDO) held an official ceremony to lay the foundation stone of Muscat Rehabilitation Centre in Amerat on Monday under the auspices of H E Dr Ahmed bin Mohammed al Sa’eedi, Minister of Health.
The event was held at the project site and attended by a number of government and PDO officials, including the wali of Amerat, H E Mohammed bin Humaid al Ghabshi, Raoul Restucci, managing director of PDO, and Eng Abdulamir bin Abdulhussain al Ajmi, external affairs and value creation director of PDO.
The specialised centre will provide addiction treatment programmes and rehabilitation support to facilitate integration of patients back into society.
Spread over 5,400sqm, the facility will include forensic medicine, detoxification and emergency departments, an outpatient clinic, handicraft workshops, gymnasiums, swimming pools and a library for in-patients. With a 113-bed capacity, the complex will have dedicated male and female wards and amenities.
The RO2.5mn project will be funded by PDO as part of its flagship Social Investment Programme, which focuses on five key themes in line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, including ‘Good Health and Well-being’.
A joint working team from PDO and the Ministry of Health (MoH) has been formed to manage and supervise the building’s construction, which is expected to be completed in 2022. The team will use Lean business efficiency methodology, pioneered in Oman by PDO, to minimise costs and resources and ensure best practices are applied.
On the occasion, H E Dr Sa’eedi said, “We are delighted to lay the foundation of this centre, which will look after patients with addiction.”
He informed that there is a 70 per cent risk of relapse in addiction cases and that the only way to minimise that is by having institutions like Muscat Rehabilitation Centre where addicts can be rehabilitated under the supervision of professionals.
“We already have a specialised unit, but unfortunately it has limited capacity. Now with PDO’s support, the capacity will be increased. The addition of new facilities will allow patients to integrate back into the community after the period they spend at the centre,” H E Dr Sa’eedi said.
Eng Ajmi noted that besides providing treatment for patients struggling with addiction, the centre will rehabilitate and equip them with the necessary personal and employability skills that will allow them to gain independence and seamlessly integrate back into society.
“The health sector has always been one of the key priorities of our Social Investment Programme, and this focus is now aligned with the Oman Vision 2040 which aims to create a leading healthcare system adopting global standards,” he said.
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