The Public Works Authority (Ashghal) has set up a 3,000-bed medical quarantine hospital within 72 hours, and remaining works are under way to complete to have an 8,000-bed quarantine hospital soon.
Ashghal Buildings Projects Department official Fatima al-Meer said this has been done at the request of the Ministry of Public Health and in co-ordination with the Ministry of Municipality and Environment.
Upon completion, the Medical Quarantine Complex in Umm Slal will be able to accommodate 12,500 beds, she said on Twitter. Thafir al-Ahbabi, also from the Buildings Projects Department, said the field quarantine hospital has a recreational facility that can accommodate 600 people and offer diverse sports activities along with iPads.
A dining room has also been set up to serve 900 people, taking into consideration factors such as safe social distancing in terms of seating. “We would like to extend our thanks to the private sector, local contractors and suppliers for their effective co-operation and contribution, offering their services to accomplish this great project in record time,” he noted.
Ashghal’s Twitter page also has a timeline video showing the development of the facility.
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