Work set to start on new health projects
|Date:||May 16, 2013|
|Source:||Al Arab Newspaper, Gulf Times|
In a major boost to Qatar’s health sector, the Public Works Authority (Ashghal) yesterday awarded work contracts totalling QR1.2bn, covering seven major projects, including new health centres and additional operation theatres at the Hamad General Hospital.
The projects are part of Ashghal’s ambitious QR14.2bn plans for 2013-14 to develop 124 building projects across the country.
“The completion of the seven new projects would go a long way in realising the government’s commitment to provide improved healthcare to the residents in every nook and corner of Qatar,” HE the Minister of Public Health Abdulla bin Khalid al-Qahtani, who is also the secretary general of the Supreme Council of Health, stated at the contracts awarding ceremony.
The projects awarded are additional operation theatres at Hamad General Hospital, health centres at Al Nuaim, Al Muntazah (Rawdat al Khail), Al Karaana, Al Rawda and Al Ghuwairiyah and a health and wellness centre at Umm Salal.
Ashghal president Nasser al-Mawlawi said the authority was committed to support the establishment of an advanced and world-class healthcare system in the country in line with the goals and objectives of Qatar National Vision 2030.
Pointing out that health and welfare are among the key elements of the development pillars of Qatar National Vision, the official said Ashghal and its partners would continue to deliver projects that were built on par with the best international quality and safety standards in concept, design and construction.
Later, al-Qahtani was briefed on the details of the projects by al-Mawlawi while they went on a tour of inspection at the venue of the meeting where miniature models of the proposed buildings were displayed.
Out of the QR1.2bn contracts awarded yesterday, QR255mn are earmarked for the construction of a health centre, spread over 22,148sqm, along the B-road in Al Muntaza area and a 17,165sqm Al Nuaim health centre in Laebib on the northern side, about 12km from Doha central. Al Muntaza health centre is coming up at the old location of the Medical Commission.
When completed, besides the main medical centre, the integrated complex in Al Muntazah would also include a mosque, an ancillary building, a guard house, three rooms for watchmen, an emergency medical service hub and an ambulance garage. The basement will have parking for 259 cars and on the ground level, there would be 105 shaded parking bays.
The wellness centre at the basement level would also have a swimming pool, gymnasium, massage rooms, and ante-natal rooms. The medical facility, spread across the basement, ground and first floors, would comprise men’s and women’s clinics, specialty and dental clinics, walk in clinic, departments of radiology, pharmacy, lab, storage, administration office and staff lockers.
The Al-Nuaim health centre would also have almost similar facilities. One of its remarkable features is the provision for parking 404 vehicles at the basement and 83 shaded parking lots at the ground level. The complex is equipped with a separate ambulance entrance as well.