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Foreign administration for Jaber hospital possible

Jaber hospital
Jaber hospital

KUWAIT: The Jaber Hospital will either be run by a foreign administration under the government’s supervision, or through partnership between local and foreign companies, Minister of Social Affairs and Labor, State Minister for Planning and Development Hind Al-Subaih said.

The cabinet has assigned the Kuwait Investment Authority to study the most viable option in terms of providing the best quality medical service to citizens, Subaih added. Jaber Hospital, which is slated to open later this year, is considered the largest hospital in the Middle East with a total of 1,168 beds.

The hospital also has three helipads, a parking lot with a 5,000 car capacity in addition to 50 ambulances. It also has a protective shelter. The hospital covers an area of 220 meters squared with a construction area reaching 725 meters squared. Health Minister Dr Ali Al-Obaidi had described the hospital as an integrated health center.

It has five towers of patients rooms at a height of nine floors and each tower can be expanded in the future. He added that the hospital has eight entrances, 150 elevators, a catastrophe center which is considered the first of its kind in Kuwait in addition to a medical mall that is one kilometer long, containing various shops and resting areas for patients and visitors. The Minister had earlier indicated that treatment at the hospital would be offered exclusively to Kuwaiti citizens. —Al-Jarida

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