Qatar to set up hospital exclusively for migrant workers

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The first workers’ hospital is to be set up in the Industrial Area, where many small manufacturing units and labour camps are situated. The new hospital will consist of an outpatient clinic, ambulance service, surgery, X-ray facility and laboratory in addition to an attached health centre and medical commission unit. The contractor received the site in the middle of June and has started necessary preparations for construction of the hospital, said the SCH.

First of three

The hospital is the first of three to be built for migrant workers by the Special Engineering Office. The facilities are expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2016. Each will have a capacity of 120 beds, which could later be expanded to 217 beds. Work on the other projects at Mesaieed Industrial City and Ras Laffan Industrial City is scheduled to start at the end of August. Each of these hospitals, too, will have an attached health centre and medical commission unit. With Qatar slated to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup and the international focus set on the plight of workers brought in to build the massive infrastructure required for the event, the SCH has developed a plan to create a network of hospitals and health centres to provide integrated healthcare services for expatriate workers.

Source: QNA

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