Oman’s Minister of Health: COVID-19 patient load nearing hospital capacity

Muscat: His Excellency Dr. Ahmed Mohammed Al Saeedi, Minister of Health, stressed that unfortunately, many citizens and residents are not adhering to the procedures as they should.

In statements to the media today, His Excellency clarified that weddings, gatherings, and the holding of condolences still exist, saying: Mourners will lead to additional condolences.

In his speech, His Excellency Dr. Ahmed Mohammed Al Saeedi, Minister of Health indicated that the hospital capacity is nearing the end with the increasing number of injured people, especially those in intensive care, wondering: How long will this bleeding last?

It is reported that His Excellency Sayyid Saud bin Hilal Al Busaidi, Minister of State and Governor of Muscat, inaugurated today the field hospital for Covid-19 patients in the old Muscat International Airport building.

In previous statements, His Excellency Dr. Muhammad bin Saif bin Sultan Al Hosani, Undersecretary of Health for Health Affairs, said that the number of hospital beds reached 312, provided that the first phase would start with a capacity of 100 beds. There will be a shelter center attached to the hospital with a capacity of 384 beds, and it will be transferred to a hospital if the need arises in the future.

He explained that the hospital will not receive patients directly, but will refer to the cases that need admission from the rest of the hospitals and health centers, and it will receive only cases that need moderate care, as for critical cases that are admitted to the hospital, they will be transferred directly to reference hospitals by ambulances.

The field hospital was established on an area of 6,100 square meters, and it consists of several departments that include the admission beds for light and medium cases, the temporary care department, a pharmacy, a medical laboratory for Covid 19 cases, and a radiology department. The hospital will be staffed by a medical team from the Ministry of Health, consisting of 30 doctors, 115 nurses, 7 laboratory technicians, 7 pharmacy assistants, and 7 radiology technicians.

The field hospital will initially cover the governorates of Muscat, North and South Al Batinah, and Al Dakhiliyah Governorate, in addition to North Sharqiyah Governorate. It will include the rest of the governorates if the need arises in the future.


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