Bahrain inks $265m Medical City clinics deal
Manama, January 21, 2011
Special clinics to be part of the BD100 million ($265 million) King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Medical City in Bahrain will be up and running before the end of the year, said a top government official.
Fifty-one clinics of all specialities but concentrating on diabetes, obesity and cardio-vascular diseases, are now being set up at the Arabian Gulf University's (AGU) Princess Al Jawhara Centre, Salmaniya.
They will move to the medical city when it comes up, said AGU president Dr Khalid Abdulrahman Al Ohali.
A BD6.5m deal was signed between the AGU and Saudi Arabia's Dr Sulaiman Al Habib Group to design, build and operate the clinics, at the centre.
'A location for the medical city has also been almost finalised and there will be a formal announcement soon,' said Dr Al Ohali.
'The medical city will most likely be located in Bahrain's southern area, where there is plenty of land available.'
King Abdullah has pledged to build the medical city in Bahrain as a gift to the people, following an official visit to the country in April. It will be affiliated to the AGU.
'The city is being built in recognition of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques' pioneering role in the services of the Arab and Islamic nations,' said Al Ohali. 'The Dr Sulaiman Group is very well-established in this part of the world and has a lot of experience in building and operating hospitals and clinics,' he added.
Dr Al Ohali said the clinics will have all the necessary facilities such as pathology and x-ray laboratories as well as all major specialities. 'We plan to, however, focus on some of the major conditions in Bahrain, like cardiovascular ailments, diabetes and obesity and set up a day surgical unit,' he said.
'The focus also will be on training of doctors and sharing of knowledge because we will have visitors from all parts of the GCC and the rest of the world. In the end, we aim to make the city a specialist centre of excellence.'
Group chairman Dr Sulaiman Al Habib said for the first time in the GCC, the clinics would be linked online to their other six speciality centres in the region.
'Four of these are in Saudi Arabia and two in the UAE,' he said, revealing the new clinics will be paperless and filmless .
They will be the most modern found anywhere in the world, he added.-TradeArabia News Service
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