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Workers’ PHC in Industrial Area struggles to handle patients; two more years before new facilities open

The Workers Health Centre in the New Industrial Area is grappling with increasing number of patients. The struggle continues for two more years, as new hospitals for workers are scheduled to complete only by 2016.

On an average, 1000 workers are treated daily at the sole existing health centre. Most of them are admitted for respiratory ailments, followed by other chronic cases like diabetes, hypertension and dyslipidemia, according to Gulf Times.

There’s a daily quota of “tokens” issued by the health centre that corresponds to the number of patients being treated. Patients are asked to come the next day, if the quota has been met, according to another report by the daily.

The centre comprises seven general practitioner clinics and two internal medicine clinics that operate from 7am-2pm, and five general practitioner clinics that operate from 2pm-9pm.

Given the remote location of the health centre, workers have also demanded better public transport services to reach the facility.

In July last year, the Supreme Council of Health, had announced the construction of three new hospitals for single expat workers in the Industrial Area, Mesaieed Industrial City and Ras Laffan Industrial City, work for which have already begun.

Each hospital is said to have a capacity of 120 beds, expandable to 217 beds, and are schedule for completion in the first quarter of 2016.

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