Quotes: US MENA   Enter Symbol: NewsLetter: Search: advanced

Oman allocates RO1.29bn for healthcare in 2014 new medical city coming up in Salalah  Join our daily free Newsletter

MENAFN - Muscat Daily - 19/06/2014
No. of Ratings : 0
Add to Mixx!



(MENAFN - Muscat Daily) Oman has allocated US3.38bn (RO1.29bn) in its 2014 healthcare budget, more than double the US1.3bn (RO500mn) spending in 2013, in part to sharpen its focus on combating non-communicable diseases, such as diabetes, hypertension and obesity.

According to the Oxford Business Group's country report, a two-pronged approach to tackle the rise of lifestyle diseases in Oman and broaden the range of medical facilities available locally has put the country's healthcare services on course for rapid growth.

It stated that Oman has significantly increased state spending on healthcare in recent years, although it has also encouraged the private sector to take on a greater role, particularly in developing specialised facilities and preventive treatments. The efforts have been strengthened by a shift in attitude among Omanis, who are now opting, in growing numbers, to use private medical services that were once almost exclusively the domain of expatriates.

The country will also benefit from two new, dedicated health hubs, which are set to significantly increase hospital bed numbers and expand the range of treatments available. One of the centres, which is expected to open in Muscat around 2020, will make available five new hospitals, alongside a range of additional facilities. A second initiative - the US1bn (RO384) International Medical City - is being developed in Salalah by the Apex Medical Group.'

It stated that a growing number of Omanis are moving towards private medical services, according to a report issued by the Ministry of Health in mid-April. Omanis represented almost half (46.8 per cent) of the 45,654 patients treated in the country's 11 private hospitals and medical facilities in 2012, even though they were eligible for care at government-funded centres.'

''The number of Omanis being treated abroad is decreasing because of the increasing availability of high-end, specialised care available locally through private healthcare providers,'' John Clarke, the director of Muscat Private Hospital, was quoted in the report as saying.

''This, coupled with the need for follow-up care and patients' desire for a more personalised experience, has increased the number of Omani patients at this hospital around 13 per cent from 2013 to this year.''

The range of treatments available in both private and state-run centres is also rising, enabling more Omanis needing specialised medical care to undergo treatment in their home country.

Tackling non-communicable diseases through treatment and prevention is seen as an area ripe for private sector investment. Like many countries in the Gulf region, Oman has witnessed a sharp rise in lifestyle diseases, especially diabetes, which affected around 14 per cent of the population in 2013 according to projections from the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) with 7,000 new cases registered every year.'

Obesity, which is known to contribute to a number of health issues, is also a growing problem. A recent study by Sultan Qaboos University found that at least 30 per cent of Omanis were overweight, with 20 per cent now classified as obese.'

The report said there was an increasing incidence of excessive weight gain among younger age groups, linked to a lack of exercise and unhealthy eating patterns.

The report urged the authorities to take account of what it described as a new epidemic by rethinking its national health plan for the


 






  MENA News Headlines
 Aug 21 2014 - Hamas warns foreign airlines as Israel declares talks overArab News
(MENAFN - Arab News) GAZA CITY Palestinian Territories: The armed wing of Hamas warned foreign airlines against flying into Tel Aviv on Wednesday and declared truce talks in Cairo over as a six-week ...

 Aug 21 2014 - Saudi- Iconic Urdu poet in Jeddah for mushairaArab News
(MENAFN - Arab News) Some of the most-loved names in Urdu poetry will regale hundreds of expatriates with their couplets at the Indian Consulate's annual mushaira to be held at the International ...

 Aug 21 2014 - Saudi- PISJ-ES reports outstanding academic featArab News
(MENAFN - Arab News) Students of the Pakistan International School-Jeddah (English Section) (PISJ-ES) have shown outstanding academic performance this year.According to the school's acting principal ...

 Aug 21 2014 - 77000 Saudi youth aspire for skilled jobsArab News
(MENAFN - Arab News) With only three days left for submitting applications around 77000 Saudi men and women have enrolled for vocational training at the Colleges of Excellence (CoE) throughout the ...

 Aug 21 2014 - Saudi- Woman ordered to pay SR30000 for khulaArab News
(MENAFN - Arab News) A court in Riyadh has ordered a woman to pay SR30000 for her to be able to separate from her husband after he injected her with a narcotic substance local media said.The man in ...

 Aug 21 2014 - Saudi- Shoura member to speak at world science conferenceArab News
(MENAFN - Arab News) A leading Swiss scientific foundation has chosen a female Saudi Shoura Council member to speak alongside international personalities at a conference highlighting the role of ...

 Aug 21 2014 - Saudi- Punished for misbehavior women riot at Asir orphanageArab News
(MENAFN - Arab News) Nine young women at Asir's public orphanage aged between 20 and 23 started a riot in the building on Sunday burning records and assaulting the director of the orphanage after ...

 Aug 21 2014 - Saudi- Al-Balawi isacting chief of Border GuardsArab News
(MENAFN - Arab News) Maj. Gen. Awad bin Eid Al-Balawi has been appointed acting director-general of Border Guards following the death of Gen. Zamim Al-Sawat.Interior Minister Prince Mohammed bin Naif ...

 Aug 21 2014 - Saudi- SRO working on more railway projectsArab News
(MENAFN - Arab News) The Saudi Railway Organization (SRO) is continuously working on developing stations trains and railways said SRO President Muhammad Al-Suwaiket.'We have completed blueprints for ...

 Aug 21 2014 - Muslim org in Belgium condemns ISIL atrocities in IraqKuwait News Agency (KUNA)
(MENAFN - Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)) Muslims in Belgium are shocked by the crimes committed by the ISIL in Iraq and, in particular, the executions and persecution suffered by religious minorities, ...

more...


 






Google

 
 

Middle East North Africa - Financial Network

MENAFN News Market Data Countries Tools Section  
 

Middle East North Africa - Financial Network
Arabic MENAFN

Main News
News By Industry
News By Country

IPO News
Islamic Finance News
Private Equity News

How-To Guides
Technology Section

Travel Section

Search News

Market Indices
Quotes & Charts

Global Indices
Arab Indices

US Markets Details

Commodoties

Oil & Energy

Currencies Cross Rates
Currencies Updates
Currency Converter

USA Stocks
Arab Stocks
 

Algeria 
Bahrain 
Egypt 
Iraq
Jordan 
Kuwait 
Lebanon
Morocco 
Oman 
Palestine
Qatar 
Saudi Arabia 
Syria
Tunisia 
UAE 
Yemen

Weather
Investment Game
Economic Calendar
Financial Glossary

My MENAFN
Portfolio Tracker

Voting

Financial Calculators

RSS Feeds [XML]

Corporate Monitor

Events

Real Estate
Submit Your Property

Arab Research
Buy a Research

Press Releases
Submit your PR

Join Newsletters


 
© 2000 menafn.com All Rights Reserved.  Terms of Service | Privacy Policy | Contact Us | Advertise | About MENAFN | Career Opportunities | Feedback | Help