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Salmaniya Medical Complex (SMC), Bahrain’s main hospital, is undergoing a $39.5mn (BHD 15mn) upgrade.

The work on the hospital involves the construction of a $14.9mn multi-storey car park, a $15.9mn power station, a $10.6mn outpatient clinic and a $100,000 expansion of the accident and emergency department.

“We are waiting for a site study report on the parking facility at SMC, which is expected to be submitted by early 2015,” Health Minister Sadiq Al Shehabi told Gulf Daily News.

“This project aims to ease parking concerns of patients and visitors and will reduce the current crisis to a good extent.

“The power station will be equipped to support the present and future needs of SMC. It is expected to be completed by end of 2015.

“The site study report of the new outpatient block is also pending while the expansion project at the accident and emergency department will be completed next month.”

In addition to the investment in Salmaniya Medical Complex (SMC), another $10.4mn has been allocated to develop medical centres and other health facilities in the Capital Governorate, Al Shehabi revealed.

This includes a $6.6mn expansion of Al Razi Health Centre. “The budget allocated is awaited for the project to be initiated,” Al Shehabi said.

“The expansion of Hoora Health Centre with an additional building including a two-storey section for radiology department and expansion of the pharmacy records facility, all costing BHD 700,000 [$1.8mn], are under tendering.

“A radiology lab in Ibn Sina Health Centre in Ras Ruman worth BHD 502,000 [$1.3mn] and expansion of Al Naim Health Centre costing BHD 260,000 [$690,000] are both in the design stages,” he added.

Al Shehabi said work was underway to improve facilities at the health centres in Seef and Sanabis, while a new centre in Nabih Saleh was awaiting land allocation.

He said a feasibility study was being conducted on the establishment of a specialised dental clinic at the Hoora Health Centre, and a diabetes department will soon open at the Shaikh Sabah Health Centre in Umm Al Hassam.

He added that plans were in the pipeline to open a specialised sickle cell centre in Bilad Al Qadeem.