Oasis Hospital has reached yet another historic milestone since it began providing healthcare to the Al Ain region in 1960. Hermoine Macura explains.
On January 14, 2013 a much anticipated delivery took place at the Oasis hospital: the delivery of the hospitals 100,000th baby to the delight of very proud parents and hospital staff alike.
The honor of being the 100,000th baby to be born at Oasis Hospital was bestowed upon Hassan, the firstborn son of Omani parents Ahmed Hassan Al Maqbali Al Omeri and Salma Hassan Al Maamari. Hassan, who was born at 09:52 AM, was unaware of the reason for all the excitement going on around him.
A celebration event was held at Oasis Hospital this week, which included a variety of guests and a number of local dignitaries including Sheikh Sultan Saeed Mohammed Al Nahyan and Sheikh Surour Ahmed Surour Al Dhaheri, and the Canadian Ambassador His Excellency Arif Lalani.
When Oasis Hospital opened its door in November of 1960, just 2 babies were born in the 2 months before the end of that first year. The following year saw 67 babies born – and as the population surged, the numbers continued to increase, reaching into the thousands annually.
The founding doctors of Oasis Hospital, Christians Pat and Marian Kennedy, never imagined that Oasis Hospital would ever see 100,000 deliveries.
A figure which represents more than one fifth of the population of the Al Ain region today and more than half of the total number of UAE nationals currently living in Al Ain.
Considering that the population of Al Ain was about 2,000 persons when Oasis Hospital first opened in 1960, the growth rate that began then has been staggering.
It is no secret that many of the Abu Dhabi ruling family were among the 100,000 children born at Oasis Hospital. In fact, it was the visionary leadership of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, founding father of the nation that helped establish the Oasis Hospital in the first place. Responding to the absence of any healthcare in the region in the late 1950’s, Sheikh Zayed and his brother Shakhboot invited the Kennedys to bring quality medicine to their people as soon as possible. Shaikh Zayed was so committed to the success of this venture that he gave his personal guesthouse to be used as the first Oasis Hospital, and granted additional land at the present site for development of a permanent facility. Sheikh Zayed could often be seen at the Oasis Hospital in those early years. With his constant encouragement and support, Oasis Hospital continued to grow, meeting the ever-changing healthcare needs of the region. Sheikh Zayed’s vision for Oasis Hospital has continued through the support of the President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed and the Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed, along with the entire Abu Dhabi Ruling Family.
About Oasis Hospital
Oasis Hospital has been serving the Al Ain and surrounding communities for 52 years. It was founded in 1960 at the invitation of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, who wanted every citizen to experience compassionate and professional healthcare. It was the first hospital in Al Ain and in the emirate of Abu Dhabi.
As the first private hospital in Abu Dhabi to achieve Joint Commission International Accreditation, Oasis Hospital has a long and established reputation of trust in the community and among the country’s leaders.
For more information about this Oasis Hospital please visit: http://www.oasishospital.org/
Hermoine Macura is the first Australian female English speaking TV News Anchor in the Middle East, and also one of the area’s most recognized faces. Prior to establishing Straight Street Media in 2012, Hermoine was one of the main Anchor’s on Dubai One TV’s Emirates News. Her first book, FACES OF THE MIDDLE EAST was published in 2010.
FACES OF THE MIDDLE EAST is a book that aims to introduce the various ethnic and social groups who reside throughout the Middle East, proof that this part of the world is not, as many in the West mistakenly believe, a monolithic culture.
Neither a definitive story nor a political statement, FACES OF THE MIDDLE EAST, is the culmination of more then seven years of Photojournalism that documents the existence and rich diversity present in the region.
Order a copy online at www.straightstreetmedia.ae