Monday, October 5, 2015

The Assistant Undersecretary for Construction Projects & Maintenance at the Ministry of Works, Municipalities Affairs & Urban Planning Eng. Mona Al Motawa revealed that the Ministry has recently awarded the consultancy services tender for the design and supervision of the Muharraq Long-Stay Care Center Project, which belongs to the Ministry of Health and is funded by the Gulf Development Programme with a total cost of BD544,000. The project has been approved by both the Saudi Development Fund and the Tender Board.
Al Motawa explained that the project is included within the stage one projects of the Gulf Development Programme, which is based on the agreement signed between the Kingdom of Bahrain and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in March 24, 2014 at the cost of $37 million; covering the costs of constructing the center, constructing a central services building and all other facilities, external works, consultancy services, furniture, medical equipment, electrical and mechanical tools, non-medical and information system related requirements.
The medical complex will be constructed over 3 phases, the first of which comprises of constructing a long-stay care center with the capacity to accommodate 100 beds; providing care for patients in need of admission at the care center for long periods. The center will also include a reception area for emergency patients, wings and rooms for brain paralysis patients, wings and rooms for patients with other diseases, in addition to an isolation unit for patients with infectious diseases, a lab, a pharmacy, x-ray rooms, sterilization units, a physiotherapy unit, administrative support services and a central building for non-medical services serving the medical complex.
Phase 2 of the project comprises of constructing a maternity hospital with 110 beds, while phase 3 will include the construction of a proposed center for patients with multiple sclerosis.  
Al Motawa added that according to the time programme planned for phase 1 of the project, designs and tender documents will be completed in July 2016, while the tender is to be awarded before the end of next year. Implementation is expected to take 20 months to complete.

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