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Oman’s first hospital that offers resort-style services for mental health, addiction recovery

Oman’s initial hospital that gives resort-style solutions for mental wellness, addiction recovery

Called, Al Amal Hospital for Management of Psychiatric Disorder and Substance Abuse, it was opened beneath the patronage of H E Dr Mohammed Saif al Hosani, Undersecretary for Health Affairs in the Ministry of Health in the wilayat of Rustaq in South Batinah lately.

Speaking to Muscat Daily, Mohammed Ghazala, monetary and administrative director of the hospital stated, “The hospital is the first-of-its kind treatment resort for de-addiction in the sultanate and the GCC. We also treat patients with psychological disorders such as anxiety and depression in addition to Alzheimer’s, and children’s psychological disorders such as urinary incontinence and learning difficulties.”

Ghazala stated that there are 25 male instances in the hospital undergoing remedy for substance abuse. “Twenty of them are Omanis and the rest are from other Gulf countries. The hospital can receive between 40 to 60 cases. We get about 90 to 150 cases per month in the outpatient clinics for treating addiction and psychiatric disorders. We are open seven days a week,” stated Ghazala.

Ghazala explained how the hospital place has been selected maintaining in thoughts the nature of the instances received.

“We need to provide a calming atmosphere as well as privacy to our patients so that they can be treated properly,” he stated. The hospital, situated on 55,000sq m land is in Al Ghashab region, is situated in the middle of a date palm farm and organic plantations that offers space for sufferers to move about.

“The Ministry of Social Development gave space for this hospital and charges only a nominal rent. We are also planning to allocate a department in the hospital to treat women who are addicted by the end of this year,” he stated. The primary objective of the hospital is to modify the way society appears at addiction and psychiatric problems, stated Ghazala.

Information Source: Muscat Daily

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