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Hi-tech new facilities inaugurated at KHUH.

Medical services provided by the King Hamad University Hospital (KHUH) got a major boost yesterday, with the opening of new highly-equipped departments.

The wards were inaugurated under the patronage of BDF Commander-in-Chief Marshal Shaikh Khalifa bin Ahmed Al Khalifa.

He delegated Defence Affairs Minister Lieutenant General Abdulla Al Nuaimi to open the medical facilities as part of festivities marking the 52nd anniversary of BDF.

Health Minister Faeqa Al Saleh attended.

BDF Assistant Chief of Staff Major General Youssef Ahmed Malallah, Military Co-operation director Major General Mohammed Hashem Al Sada, National Health Regulatory Authority chief executive Dr Maryam Al Jalahma and senior officer were also present.

The newly-opened wards included a Positron emission tomography-magnetic resonance imaging (PET-MRI), an intensive care unit (ICU), a smart pharmacy and a paediatric ICU specialised in treating children in critical condition.


The minister took stock of a solar project which covers part of the KHUH consumption, contributing to providing clean energy and rational power consultation.

The minister also inaugurated a new research section at the Bahrain Oncology Centre, as well as a paedriatric ward for children suffering from the disease.

The research section will serve to conduct researches on blood diseases and tumours, focus on therapeutic and preventive procedures, manufacture chemical compounds and conduct lab studies to keep abreast of global oncological trends.

A short documentary highlighting the multi-phased construction of the KHUH was shown during the ceremony.

KHUH Commander Major General Dr Shaikh Salman bin Ateyatallah Al Khalifa presented the Defence Affairs Minister with a commemorative gift.

A robot pharmacist will be operating at the smart pharmacy to read doctors' prescriptions and dispense medicines.

It will also be able to check availability of stocks and drug composition and ensure safety standards to reduce medical mistakes, slash waiting times and operate off working hours.

"The robot pharmacist can dispense 1,500 medicine packages of all sizes per hour, control the drug stock at the pharmacy, being fed with all patient information to ensure accuracy."

The Defence Affairs Minister with Ms Al Saleh, BDF officers and officials after inaugurating a new research section at the oncology centre

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Publication:Gulf Daily News (Manama, Bahrain)
Date:Feb 7, 2020
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