MANAMA: Work on three health development projects, costing millions of dinars, is progressing according to plan.
The 106-bed Muharraq Special Healthcare Centre is already 77 per cent complete, said Works, Municipalities Affairs and Urban Planning Minister Essam Khalaf.
The BD12.5m medical facility is financed by the Saudi Fund for Development, under the Gulf Development Programme.
The project, which was awarded by the Tender Board to Saudi Saleh Abdulla Al Mehanna Contracting Company, is expected to be completed within 30 months.
The Saudi fund has allocated BD17.8m to cover construction work, consultancy services, medical and IT equipment as well as furniture.
The centre, which is part of the Muharraq Medical Complex, will serve patients suffering from diseases that require them to stay for long periods in the hospital, such as cases of cerebral palsy and physical disabilities.
It includes wards for cerebral palsy patients, an isolation unit for patients with infectious diseases, a lab, X-ray room and other medical and administrative facilities.
The Muharraq Medical Complex also includes the Maternity Hospital and a Multisclerosis Centre, in addition to the Elderly Care Centre.
The BD3.7m Multisclerosis Centre, which is funded by the National Bank of Bahrain, is also on track with 32pc of the project complete. The centre, the first facility of its kind in Bahrain, will provide diagnostic and therapeutic services.
It will include seven outpatient clinics, a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) section and other departments for physiotherapy, manual exercise therapy, a scientific research centre and other sections.
The Khalifa Town Health Centre, ordered by late HRH Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa, has been completed recently to cater to urban development in the area. The NBB-funded project, which cost BD5.6m, features seven clinics, a lab and other sections for X-ray, emergency, dentistry, physiotherapy, child and mother care.
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