COVID-19 Oman: Private hospitals launch mobile medical services with support of MoH

Merge 104.8  |  12 June 2020

Aster Al Raffah Hospitals and Clinics has launched Aster Volunteers Mobile Medical Services in collaboration with Oman’s Ministry of Health.

Cover photo credit: Aster Al Raffah Hospitals and Clinics

The initiative, which launched in June, aims to provide free medical consultations and testing to residents of Muttrah Wilayat — which has been particularly hard-hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. The mobile testing services seek to provide the highest standards of care to residents whose access to medical services may have been disrupted due to the ongoing pandemic, and subsequent restrictions to movement. The highly-accessible service will enable residents to consult expert medical professionals and share their COVID-19 related health concerns without having to visit a busy hospital.

Each day the clinic is staffed by a doctor, nurse, medical attendant, driver, and several Aster Volunteers. The majority of people visiting the mobile bus have come into direct contact with a COVID-19 patient or are suffering from a fever or cough.

Dr. Mazin bin Jawad Al-Khabouri, Director General at the Directorate General of Private Health Establishments said: “We are fighting against the spread of coronavirus to ensure that citizens and residents of our country stay safe and healthy. Since the movement of people is restricted now, we are committed to doing everything we possibly can to continue to deliver the same high standard of healthcare. Through [this service], we can provide prompt consultation and care in the heart of the community.”

In addition to the mobile clinic, Aster Volunteers will also be distributing food parcels to workers in labour camps around Muscat.

Dr. Ashendu Kumar Pandey, CEO of Aster Al Raffah Hospitals and Clinics, Oman said: “Our number one priority is to ensure the continued health of communities across Oman by delivering best-in-class healthcare services to those who need it most. We are constantly thinking of new ways to collaborate with the authorities during these unprecedented times and Aster Volunteers Mobile Medical Services represents [our] humble contribution to the Sultanate of Oman’s healthcare.”

(Also read: No expat will ever be asked to pay a single riyal for COVID-19 treatment in Oman: Minister of Health.)