KWD265m hospital expansion contract signed – Project finished in four years.

The Health Ministry signed a contract yesterday for designing, equipping and maintaining the new Farwaniya Hospital expansion project at a cost of KD 265 million. Health Minister Ali Al-Obaidi said during the signing of the contract with Sayyed Hameed Behbehani and Sons Co that the hospital includes all specialties, allied medicine as well as school health services, in addition to a dentistry building which will have 100 specialized clinics as well as 30 clinics for school health. The project includes physiotherapy and outpatient buildings, in addition to 27 operation theaters and 233 ICU beds, Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) reported. Obaidi said the project is expected to be finished within four year.

New projects Currently, there are approximately 15 public hospitals in Kuwait (not counting the armed forces hospital) with a 5,350 bed capacity. The Ministry of Health plans to construct eight new hospitals to raise total bed capacity to around 11,000 by 2016. Farwaniya Hospital’s expansion is part of ambitious projects that include a new hospital expansion in Jahra, expansions of the Amiri and Adan Hospitals and a revamp of Al Razi and Ibn Sina hospitals as well as the construction of the new Jaber Al Ahmed Hospital.

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The Jaber Ahmed Al-Jaber Al- Sabah Hospital in South Surra will include a 1,500 bed hospital, staff and doctor’s residency building, services and power building, laundry building, engineering workshop, medical gas building, ground water tank, a multistorey garage, and a 3-storey underground car park building having capacity of 7000 cars. The Jahra Hospital expansion project includes the construction of 1,171 bed hospital with seven distinct buildings including the main building, a dental center, an administration building, a service center, two car parks, one for public with a capacity of 2900 cars and one for hospital staff with a capacity for 1660 cars. In late July, Burhan International Construction Company, part of the Al Wazzan Group, won the main tender for the construction of the Jahra Hospital, expected to cost around KD 360 million.

Healthcare insurance Kuwait also plans to reform the public healthcare insurance by establishing a public-private health care company that will issue all health insurance for expatriates. Currently, all expatriates are required as part of their residency to pay for state health insurance. Kuwait has also taken measures to begin separating public health care services provided for locals and expatriates, with evening hours now assigned for expats and morning hours for locals in the Jahra governorate health sector. There is also a growing private health sector, with more than 20 private hospitals and clinics providing a range of services for both locals and expatriates in Kuwait.

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