Saudi Arabian firm Saleh Abdullah Al-Mahana has won contract to build a long-term care centre for a new hospital in Muharraq, Bahrain.
The centre will have 100 beds for long-term patients, an emergency waiting area, a brain paralysis wing, x-ray rooms, laboratory, a pharmacy, a physiotherapy unit, offices, and a building for non-medical services.
It is part of an integrated medical complex that will include a maternity hospital, a specialist multiple sclerosis unit, and a wing for the elderly in Muharraq, which is going through major expansion and restoration works.
Phase 1 is set to cost $30m (BHD11.6m), construction will start in Q3 2018, and is expected to last approximately two years, according to the Bahrain News Agency.
Bahrain’s Works, Municipalities Affairs, and Urban Planning Minister, Essam bin Abdulla Khalaf, awarded the contract to Saleh Abdullah Al-Mahana this week.
The project is being financed by the Saudi Fund for Development, following a 2014 agreement between the Kingdom of Bahrain and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
This agreement covered the construction costs of the medical centre, as well as the construction of a central services building and its facilities, external work, consultancy services, furniture, medical equipment, and electrical and mechanical tools.
Bahrain’s under-development Muharraq medical complex features three main projects. The first of which is the long-stay care centre, in addition to a 50-bed maternity hospital, and a specialist multiple sclerosis unit.
Building the hospital in one of the biggest cities in Bahrain is part of government’s Vision 2030 strategy, which, among other things, aims to make sure all Bahraini nationals and residents have access to good healthcare.