(MENAFN - Muscat Daily) Muscat- The Royal Hospital has announced the opening of a centre for Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT), a procedure which involves breathing pure oxygen in a pressurised chamber. Scheduled to be ready by the year-end, the announcement regarding the centre was made on the sidelines of a conference on HBOT on Monday.
Dr Wilhelm Welslau, an HBOT expert from #Austria said, 'It is a procedure which enhances the body's natural healing process by inhalation of 100 per cent oxygen in a hyperbaric chamber, where atmospheric pressure is increased and controlled. The treatment can be used for a wide variety of illnesses such as diabetic ulcers and life-threatening wounds.'
At present, #Oman
as such facility only at the Said bin Sultan Naval Base's hyperbaric unit in Wudam al Sahil, the only one since 1979. The opening of the HBOT centre will help in dealing with injuries caused during diving.
'The treatment is important for diving-related injuries and hence important for Oman. Diving is an important tourism attraction in the sultanate and the upcoming HBOT facility will add to its safety value.' When asked if HBOT can be used for cancer patients, Dr Welslau said, 'It is neither beneficial nor harmful for cancer patients or those who have undergone chemotherapy. It is however of great help to diabetics.'