Muscat, The Ministry of Health (MOH) celebrated

today the opening of the National Hyperbaric Center (NHC) at the

Royal Hospital at a total cost of around RO 2.3 million.

The opening ceremony was held under the patronage of Dr. Ali bin

Masoud al-Sunaidi, Minister of Commerce & Industry in the presence of

Dr. Ahmed bin Mohammed al-Saidi, Minister of Health along with a

number of civil and military senior officials.

Dr. Aisha bint Habeeb Al-Bulushi, NHC in charge, stated that the

Sultanate is one of the developed countries improving the health life of

its residents. The Ministry of Health has provided various and

renewable health services in different fields including the projects such

as the National Diabetes & Endocrine Center and National Heart

Center, and National Oncology Center.

Dr. Al-Bulushi pointed out that the Hyperbaric medicine is one of the

modern medicine branches, which provides pure oxygen at an ambient

pressure higher than atmospheric pressure at the sea level. This

treatment helps the body tissues to regenerate, especially the tissues

that expose to damages due to chronic diseases, radiation or burns.

The chief guest inspected the various sections and facilities of the

Center, as well as briefed about its services.

The fully equipped Center is built on an area of 851 sq. m. and

consists of several facilities including medical records section,

examination room, and three rooms for diagnosis and treatment.

The main room of the Center has three hyperbaric oxygen therapy

(HBOT) devices, which are the latest of its kind at the international

level. Two of the devices are accommodated up to (12) persons and

the other device is intended for one person only.

The center, which started operation earlier this year, is compatible

with all safety procedures and systems. It equipped with fire engines,

alarms, fire sensors inside the hyperbaric oxygen devices and a

number of emergency exits.

All health workers at the Center were trained in specialized

centers in Germany and Austria as they underwent a practical training

program at the medical polyclinic of the Said Bin Sultan Naval Base


It is worth mentioning that the hyperbaric oxygen therapy is the

main treatment for several cases including blockage of blood vessels

by bubbles, acute poisoning of carbon monoxide gas and

decompression sickness which affects divers.

The hyperbaric oxygen is used as a supplement therapy for

many conditions including diabetic foot ulcers, burn injuries, sudden

hearing loss, chronic osteomyelitis and ear infections and crushing

injuries (accidents). In addition to a number of certain cases caused by

acute microbes, wounds and slow healing ulcers.

Source: Oman News Agency