Petroleum Development Oman (PDO) has signed 18 funding agreements covering projects in key areas like healthcare and community infrastructure.

According to PDO, it will be financing the development of an in-patient ward for the neurology department at Khoula Hospital and the purchase of an ambulance for Al Mashash Health Centre in the Wilayat of Maqshan.

The petroleum company will also be supporting the construction of a food and water control laboratory project in the Wilayat of Haima, and a walking trail in the public park in the Wilayat of Dhank.

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The latter will feature outdoor sports equipment to encourage residents to exercise, Oman News Agency (ONA) reported.

 

Moreover, the company will be donating eight mobile veterinary clinics to the wilayats of Ibri, Adam Thumrait, Bahla, Al Jazir, Shaleem, Maqshan, and Haima, in addition to backing the renovation and maintenance of the 450m falaj irrigation system at Al Mughbariyha in the Wilayat of Sumail.

PDO managing director Raoul Restucci commented: “Our commitment and support is targeted at meeting pressing community needs through the provision of important facilities and services to support the safety and health of residents.”

The company also announced its commitment to nine non-governmental organisations and professional associations, including the Association for the Welfare of Handicapped Children, Al Wafa Rehabilitation Centres for Disabled Children, the Omani Bahjah Orphan Society (Salalah), the Oman Autism Society, and Omar Bin Khattab Institute for the Blind.

Darwish bin Saif al-Muharbi, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Health for Administrative and Financial Affairs, said: “The Ministry of Health sees PDO as an important partner through its continuous and important contributions that have helped in achieving the […] objectives of the Ministry in providing public healthcare.”