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Breathing apparatus provision made for low-income groups

The Ministry of Health (MoH) has signed an agreement for supplying breathing apparatus for low-income and social security patients worth RO50,000 funded by Oman India Fertilizer Company (OMIFCO).

The agreement was signed by Dr Kadhim Jafar Suleiman, MoH’s director general of Specialised Medical Care, and Khalid al Fana al Araimi, the Company’s External Affairs manager, a Ministry of Health statement said.

Dr Suleiman emphasised the significance of public and private sector partnerships for the general interest, praising OMIFCO’s 2-year-initiative in funding the purchase of home care ventilators for low income and social security patients.

Meanwhile, Araimi stressed the company’s keenness in activating social responsibility among the various governmental institutions to serve the aspects of development in the country, including those concerning health services provided to citizens.

The agreement will contribute to enhancing the quality of health services, as well as alleviating the burden of the disease on the patients while providing them with more health care, he added, disclosing that the company has also donated RO300,000 towards the COVID-19 Epidemic Control Fund.

Last year, 53 patients benefited from this initiative across the sultanate’s hospitals. The appropriate apparatus selection process was managed by a working team headed by Dr Muhammad al Farsi, DGSMC senior consultant,  and representatives from the Directorate General of Engineering and Financial Affairs.

Home ventilators yield positive outcomes for reducing patients’ long stay in the hospitals, particularly at the intensive care Unit (ICU) and High Dependency Unit (HDU), thereby making ICU beds available for critical cases. Additionally, these devices can often prevent infection transmission.