Oman: Master plan for US $1 billion medical city ready

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The US-based PSOMAS has completed the infrastructure plan for the mega International Medical City (IMC) project in Oman.

Apex Medical Group is leading the development of this modern healthcare project, which will serve the growing regional and international healthcare needs.  According to Apex president, Dr Abdullah Al Joaib, “building on the rising trend of medical and health tourism, the International Medical City will be developed in a serene setting on the coast, just east of Salalah, where patients and their families may stay in an environment that is supportive and culturally aware of their individual lifestyles”.

The master plan has been designed carefully to make optimal land use and develop a site layout which promotes interaction between related activities. Apex Group believes that the design will ensure sustainability of project and adherence to environmental regulations. The PSOMAS brought together its expertise in strategic planning and infrastructure design to finalize a comprehensive technical master plan for the International Medical City.

Upon completion, the USD 1 billion International Medical City will provide world-class facilities to patients and become a model 530-bed tertiary care multispecialty hospital in the region.  The hospital will also boast a transplant and dialysis centre of excellence, a rehabilitation centre and a diagnostic centre of excellence. Some other facilities offered by the hospital include a trauma and emergency unit, ambulance services, intensive care unit, blood bank, pharmacy, and organ transplant donor registry. A four-star hotel has also been envisaged under the plan to provide quality accommodation services to visitors.

Over the last decade, there has been a drastic change in the disease profile of GCC countries as a significant chunk of population is suffering from lifestyle induced diseases. With the last major hospital being built two decades back, Oman’s healthcare facilities are under severe stress and inadequate to meet the needs of a population growing at four percent annually.

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