Quotes: 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 facilites 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


 


Muscat Daily




  MENA News Headlines
 Sep 26 2016 - The Euromoney Kuwait Conference: Meeting the Challenge of Financial Innovation and ReformMENAFN Press
(MENAFN Press) Kuwait City - 27 September The 8th annual Euromoney Kuwait Conference takes place today on 27 September 2016, at the JW Marriott Hotel in Kuwait City. Co-hosted by the Ministry of ...

 Sep 26 2016 - Oil Industry Must Focus on Sustainability, Says Top Petroleum Development Oman ExecutiveMENAFN Press
(MENAFN Press) Ms Intisaar Al Kindi to Represent Innovative Oman Oil Producer at Middle East’s Largest Oil & Gas Event Industry Transition and Resilience Set the Agenda for ADIPEC 2016 Abu ...

 Sep 26 2016 - Moderate quakes rattle Japan no injuries or damage reportedSaudi Press Agency
(MENAFN - Saudi Press Agency) TOKYO, 25 Dhu-AlHijjah,1437 AH, 26 September,2016 , SPA -- A pair of moderate earthquakes rattled northern and southern Japan on Monday, but there were no immediate ...

 Sep 26 2016 - Pakistan launches polio vaccination drive amid tight securitySaudi Press Agency
(MENAFN - Saudi Press Agency) Islamabad, 25 Dhu-AlHijjah,1437 AH, 26 September,2016 , SPA -- Pakistan on Monday launched a three-day national anti-polio campaign to vaccinate around 37 million ...

 Sep 26 2016 - Israeli occupation forces open fire on Palestinian homes in GazaSaudi Press Agency
(MENAFN - Saudi Press Agency) Gaza city, 25 Dhu-AlHijjah, 1437,September 26, 2016, SPA -- Israeli occupation forces targeted and opened fire on Palestinian homes, east of Khan Yunis in the southern ...

 Sep 26 2016 - Kingdom of Saudi Arabia participates in International Conference on Atomic Energy in ViennaSaudi Press Agency
(MENAFN - Saudi Press Agency) Vienna, 25 Dhu-AlHijjah, 1437,September 26, 2016, SPA -- The International Conference on Atomic Energy today opened its 60th session in the Austrian capital Vienna. ...

 Sep 26 2016 - Governor of Jeddah receives US Consul General in JeddahSaudi Press Agency
(MENAFN - Saudi Press Agency) Jeddah, 25 Dhu-AlHijjah, 1437,September 26, 2016, SPA -- Prince Mishaal bin Majed bin Abdulaziz, Governor of Jeddah, received here today United States Consul General in ...

 Sep 26 2016 - Saudi- Prince Miteb bin Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Receives Poland's AmbassadorSaudi Press Agency
(MENAFN - Saudi Press Agency) Riyadh, 25 Dhu-AlHijjah, 1437,September 26, 2016, SPA -- Prince Miteb bin Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, Minister of the National Guard, received here today Ambassador of ...

 Sep 26 2016 - Chinese stocks close below 3,000-mark after period of stabilitySaudi Press Agency
(MENAFN - Saudi Press Agency) Beijing, Dhu-AlHijjah 25, 1437, September 26, 2016, SPA -- Chinese shares fell below the symbolic 3,000-point mark on Monday, following months of greater stability and ...

 Sep 26 2016 - Saudi Food and Drug Authority bans import of poultry meat and eggs from TogoSaudi Press Agency
(MENAFN - Saudi Press Agency) Riyadh, 25 Dhu-AlHijjah,1437 AH, 26 September,2016 , SPA -- Saudi Food and Drug Authority has imposed a temporary ban on the import of poultry meat, eggs and their ...

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

Islamic Finance News
Private Equity News

How-To Guides
Technology Section

Travel Section

Search News

Market Indices
Quotes & Charts

Global Indices
Arab Indices

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
Economic Calendar
Financial Glossary


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


 
© 2014 menafn.com All Rights Reserved.  Terms of Service | Privacy Policy | Contact Us | Advertise | About MENAFN | Career Opportunities | Feedback | Help