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MoH gets RO300,000 to enhance paediatric surgical services in Oman

22 May 2024 MoH, Al Jisr Foundation collaborate to enhance paediatric surgical services

Muscat – The Ministry of Health (MoH), represented by the Directorate General of Khoula Hospital, has entered into a partnership with the Al Jisr Foundation, a non-profit organisation, to enhance the provision of surgical services for children.

The collaboration involves a memorandum of understanding (MoU) worth RO300,000 aimed at supporting paediatric surgical procedures.

The MoU was officially signed by H E Suleiman bin Nasser al Hajji, Undersecretary for Administrative and Financial Affairs in MoH, and Dina Fawzi al Khalili, Director General of Al Jisr Foundation. 

This agreement marks a continued commitment between the two entities to improve health services for children in Oman.

Dr Rashid bin Mohammed al Alawi, Director General of Khawla Hospital, said that this agreement is set to reduce the waiting time for surgeries by accelerating the pace of these operations, besides ensuring better availability of advanced surgical services for children.

Dr Alawi noted that the MoU would enable Khoula Hospital to increase the number of surgeries, integrate modern technologies, and employ advanced medical equipment essential for paediatric care.

Dr Alawi expressed gratitude towards the Al Jisr Foundation for their ongoing support and commitment to the community, emphasising that “Khoula Hospital, under the guidance of the Ministry of Health, is dedicated to delivering exemplary health services to our patients”.

Dina Fawzi al Khalili highlighted the MoU as a continuation of the longstanding cooperation between the Al Jisr Foundation and the Ministry of Health. 

“In the last one year, the Foundation funded over 70 surgical cases. With this initiative, we aim to reach our set objectives and further enhance the quality of paediatric orthopaedic care,” she explained.

She added that the partnership would significantly reduce the backlog of paediatric surgeries that has built up due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

By transferring some cases to private sector hospitals, the agreement is expected to alleviate the strain on central and regional health facilities, thereby speeding up treatment processes and improving the overall healthcare quality.

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