Kuwait to award $2.9bn hospital projects in 2016.

Kuwait to award $2.9bn hospital projects in 2016
Kuwait to award $2.9bn hospital projects in 2016

Kuwait’s government is set to award KD881 million ($2.9 billion) worth of hospital projects this year as part of its plan to boost the bed capacity per family in hospitals across the country.

The government is working as per a national plan to adopt the World Health Organisation’s proposal of allocating at least 22 hospital beds for every 10,000 people by 2030, said a statement from the Ministry of Health.Projects worth more than KD1.5 billion ($5 billion) are under way in Kuwait including the public hospital at Jahra province.

Amid a surge in patient flow, Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmed Al Jaber Al Sabah, the Amiri Diwan commissioned Pace, a Kuwait-based architecture, engineering, design and planning group, to undertake the design of the New Jahra Hospital.

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The project, valued at KD390 million ($1.28 billion), involves expansion of the existing Jahra Hospital into a new 1,171-bed facility with a full range of services. It will also function as a trauma centre for the Jahra district.The government, considered to be the largest provider of healthcare in Kuwait, represents around 90 per cent of the market in number of hospital beds and facilities.

The work on the New Jahra Hospital began in March last year and is due for completion in March 2018.Tarek Shuaib, the managing partner and head architect at Pace, said the architectural design process commenced with a concept based on the introduction of the external element of nature to the internal environment.

“The purpose of this is to create harmony with health care facilities, as a means of contributing to the treatment and healing of the patients,” he stated.”Green parks and interior spaces play an active part in strengthening this direction of design, so as to create an atmosphere full of life in numerous spaces,” he added.

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