Hi-tech hospital to be set up in RAK

RAS AL KHAIMAH - The federal health authorities are putting final touches to a plan to set up Shaikh Khalifah Hospital in Ras Al Khaimah.

By Sadiq A. Salam

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Published: Mon 28 Aug 2006, 9:55 AM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 6:18 PM

The Dh600-million hospital is aimed at providing comprehensive, state-of-the-art health services. “Work is afoot to give the green light to start the construction work,” Humaid Mohammed Obaid Al Qatami, Minister of Health (MoH) told reporters on sidelines of the visit he conducted yesterday to the RAK emirate.

The emirate has only two main hospitals - Saqer Hospital and Saif bin Qwbash Hospital, which are no longer able to meet the healthcare needs of the emirate’s ever-growing population.

The minister, who was accompanied by a number of MoH top officials, said that the visit came as part of the ministry’s efforts to gauge the actual needs of the healthcare facilities in remote and underprivileged areas.

He also pointed out that the ministry has adopted an ambitious plan to upgrade all the healthcare facilities in the emirate.

“We are very concerned about reconstructing their old buildings and providing them with skilled personnel and modern medical systems,” he said.

The visit covered five of the emirate’s polyclinics in areas like Al Jazeerah Al Hamrah, Shaam, Al Dhait, and RAK Old City. The minister also directed the bodies concerned to use the Dh7,500 million donated by the UAE Red Crescent Society for the reconstruction of Shaam Hospital. “This hospital has a very old building that poses serious hazards,” he added.

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