Health facility work on track

WORK is on track on a 106-bed milestone health facility in Muharraq, according to officials.

The BD2.8 million multiple sclerosis centre, the first-of-its-kind in the region, is part of the Muharraq Medical Complex and is expected to be operational in the first quarter of next year.

The GDN reported in June that the centre, which is 17.4 per cent complete will feature seven outpatient clinics, a Myocardial Perfusion Imaging ward and a long-stay healthcare centre.

The project is being funded by the National Bank of Bahrain, including the costs of construction, medical equipment and furniture.


Supreme Council for Health (SCH) chairman Lieutenant General Dr Shaikh Mohammed bin Abdulla Al Khalifa visited the site yesterday along with Health Minister Faeqa Al Saleh, as part of an official inspection tour.

“The centre, which is the first specialised and independent centre for multiple sclerosis in the Gulf region, aims to provide treatment for patients suffering from this chronic immune disease that affects the central nervous system (brain, spinal cord, and optic nerves),” said an SCH statement.

“Establishing a specialised centre for multiple sclerosis patients is an advanced step in Bahrain and the larger Arabian Gulf region.”

Dr Shaikh Mohammed endorsed the great strides witnessed in comprehensive healthcare in the kingdom.

“The health sector in Bahrain, with generous directions and unlimited support from the wise leadership, is witnessing a great development represented in the provision of comprehensive health care,” he said in a statement.

“This has helped in raising the level of health awareness and enhancing justice in the distribution of health services.

“We are also continuing to implement projects related to the provision of health facilities and health personnel that are specialised to accommodate the needs of the public.”

During the visit, Dr Shaikh Mohammed and Ms Saleh were briefed on the progress of work along with a detailed presentation on the project and the implementation stages.

The centre equipped with all medical and administrative services supporting the provision of care includes wards and rooms for cerebral palsy patients and those with various diseases, an isolation unit for patients with infectious diseases, a laboratory for analysis, a pharmacy and X-ray rooms.

The patient rehabilitation unit includes physical therapy and hydrotherapy, a department for administrative support services, in addition to a number of specialised clinics and central services for the medical complex.

It also has a manual exercise therapy department, private and public treatment rooms, laboratory and pharmacy, scientific research center, lecture hall, medical warehouses, service building, administrative offices and parking lots.

Taking part in the visit were government hospitals chief executive Dr Ahmed Mohamed Al Ansari, Primary Health Care Centres’ chief executive Dr Jalila Al Sayed and other officials related to the project.




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