Bahrain’s Ministry of Works, Municipalities Affairs & Urban Planning said 21 percent of the construction work on Muharraq Care Center for Long-Term Residence Project, a 100-bed facility coming up in the kingdom, has been completed and is on track for launch by August 2022.
The project, being implemented by the Ministry of Health, is being funded by the Saudi Development Fund as part of the GCC Countries Development Programme.
The complex comprises a maternity hospital, a long-stay care center, a proposed facility for multiple sclerosis patients and a care center for the elderly.
The BD12.1-million ($32 million) project is part of a planned medical complex at Muharraq under directives issued by HRH Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa, stated Works, Municipalities Affairs and Urban Planning Ministry’s Works Affairs Under-Secretary Ahmed Al Khayyat during one of his field visits.
“It will be fully equipped with medical services and supporting administrative services to provide healthcare for those with medical conditions that require long-term residency in hospitals such as cerebral palsy and other disabilities,” he added.
The ministry had in 2017 invited tender bids from a number of Saudi and Bahraini contracting companies in addition to many Bahraini, Saudi and international alliances; experienced in health care projects.
Finally, Saudi construction company Saleh Abdullah Al Muhanna Company emerged the winning bidder and has start work on the project which is expected to be completed within two-and-half years.
According to Al Khayyat, the Saudi Development Fund has allocated a total of BD17.875 million as the entire cost for the construction of the project, medical equipment, consultancy fees, furniture and required IT services.
“The medical complex is being constructed in three phases, the first of which comprises building a long-stay care center with the capacity to accommodate 100 beds, providing care for patients in need of admission at the care center for long periods,” remarked Al Khayyat.
The center will also include a reception area for emergency patients, wings and rooms for brain paralysis patients, wings and rooms for patients with other diseases, in addition to an isolation unit for patients with infectious diseases, a lab, a pharmacy, x-ray rooms, sterilization units, a physiotherapy unit, administrative support services and a central building for non-medical services serving the medical complex, besides the central services for the medical complex like kitchens, washers, and stores.
Phase Two comprises constructing a maternity hospital with 50 beds, while Phase Three will include the setting up of a proposed center for patients with multiple sclerosis, he added.
TradeArabia News Service