Posted on September 03, 2018

In line with the directives of the government, H.E. Dr. Eng. Saad bin Ahmad Al-Muhannadi, President of the Public Works Authority signed contracts for building six new health projects in the attendance of Dr. Musallam Al-Nabit, General Manager Assistant for Administration and Financial Affairs in the Primary Health Care Corporation, along with a number of officials from the Ministry of Public Health and the contractors.

The new projects include five new health centres, namely Al-Khor Health Centre, Al-Wakra South Health Centre, Al-Sadd Health Centre, Al-Mashaf Health Centre, and Ain Khalid Health Centre, which will serve around 3,500 visitors per day. This is in addition to constructing the National Health Laboratories building, bringing the total value of the six projects to approximately QR 1 billion.

The new projects come as part of achieving the Qatar National Vision 2030, which comes at the top of Ashghal’s strategy. Ashghal is keen to provide integrated infrastructure and public facilities to serve all sectors in the country, particularly the health sector. Ashghal has implemented 24 health buildings between 2004 and 2018. On this occasion, H.E. Dr. Eng. Saad bin Ahmad Al-Muhannadi, President of the Public Works Authority, thanked H.E. Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al-Thani, The Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, for his unlimited support and for providing budgets for the new projects, as well as overcoming all obstacles that face infrastructure projects that serve both citizens and residents.

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Ashghal President expressed his pride that all contractors who have been awarded the new contracts are local contractors, noting that Ashghal encourages local and national companies to implement their projects in line with the directives of the wise leadership. Ashghal President pointed out that during the last five years, Ashghal implemented double the number of health centres that were implemented in the past. He added that there are four other health centres under design Madinat Khalifa South, Umm Ghuwailina, Al-Thamid and Nuaija. Implementation of these centres will commence in coordination with the Ministry of Public Health.

For his part, Dr. Musallam Al-Nabit, General Manager Assistant for Administration and Financial Affairs in the Primary Health Care Corporation, thanked H.E. Dr. Saad bin Ahmad Al-Muhannadi, President of the Public Works Authority, for his continuous support and fruitful cooperation during the past years and during this year. Dr. Musallam Al-Nabit said: Our wise government has always supported the health sector and gave it significant importance at the state level. Two health centres were opened this year, and two other health centres will be opened before the end of the year. This is in addition to the new projects, which include five health centres throughout the country, especially in the external areas such as Al-Mashaf and Al-Wakra South and Al-Khor.

A number of contractors expressed their appreciation to the Public Works Authority, noting that the authority has made every effort to provide support to local companies and to overcome the obstacles facing them. Mr. Rashid Al Kaabi, Vice Chairman of AlSorayi Group for Trading and Contracting praised the role of the Public Works Authority in supporting national companies and qualifying them to implement the largest infrastructure projects in the country and compete for the largest development projects inside and outside Qatar. He added that Al-Sorayi Group would establish national health laboratories.

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Mr. Hashim Abdullah of Al Tawfeek & Partners for Contracting said that Ashghal has opened the way for local companies to execute important projects in the country that serve the health sector. It also supported national cadres to participate in the urban development in the country. He added that Ashghal has spared no effort to provide all citizens with the opportunity to participate in the implementation of important projects including Al Khor Health Center and Ain Khalid Health Center. Eng. Haidar Mashhadi, CEO of Al Madar, said that the company through "Ashghal’s" continuous support in implementing Al Sadd Health Center, which is one of the largest health centers in terms of space and the capacity of the visitors

He pointed out the clear transparency in the tender procedures in Ashghal projects, which contributes to his view on the development of the projects, in addition to the continuous communication with officials in Ashghal, headed by HE Dr. Saad bin Ahmed Al Mohannadi.

GSAS

 It is worth mentioning that all criteria were also set by Global Sustainability Assessment System (GSAS) since operational and architectural considerations were taken to accomplish a 3-star environmental level in terms of energy saving and environment preservation, including:

  • Using solar energy for the purpose of in-house water heating
  • Using natural sunlight through panoramic roof windows, allowing sun light in to save a quite bit of electricity which is used in lights and to disinfect the place.
  • Rational consumption of water inside and outside the building
  • Growing green areas and landscapes around the facility.
  • Preserving the environment around during the implementation of the project

Ashghal has been granted two Sustainability Awards (2016) in health and education facilities by the Gulf Organization for Research and Development “GORD”, the first performance-based system in the MENA region. Over the past year, GORD examined the designs of building projects –educational and health buildings - and conducted site visits to Ashghal’s projects to verify that the projects match GSAS standards. Ashghal Building Affairs is much occupied with health projects in cooperation with the Ministry of Public Health. Thus, the Primary Health Care sector has witnessed recently a boom since it opened unique and distinct health centre, where it has unprecedented services and spaces in Qatar to accommodate huge numbers of visitors and offer much improved medical care.

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