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