Within the government plan for developing and implementing better health services in Qatar, the Public Works Authority ‘Ashghal’ announces the completion of the major works of South Al Wakra Health Center, implemented by the Building Projects Department to serve about 360 visitors per day.
Eng. Hind Al Mahmied, Head of Health Projects Section at Building Projects Department, confirmed that major works in the South Al Wakra Health Center project are over and the project is being prepared for handover to the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH). Eng Al Mahmied also noted that 3 more health centers in the pipeline will be delivered 2021 including Al Khor Health Center, Ain Khalid Health Center, Al Sadd Health Centre and the National Health Laboratory.
The head of Health Projects Section stated that the pace of construction works at South Al Wakra Health Centre did go on in accordance with the set plan of the project despite the Corona Pandemic, Pointing to the fact that the project took about 682,000 man-hours without lost-time injury; since Ashghal provides all safety precautionary measures for the workers deployed to the project.
She added that the South Al Wakra Health Center has been implemented in accordance with the local construction specifications and international standards, to achieve the required 3-star sustainability standards (GSAS).
The South Al Wakra Health Center is spread over an area of about 3000 square meters and includes a single-story main building housing main clinical building (health center) covering nine clinics, annex buildings such as a mosque, support services building, guards building, monitoring chamber, electrical and mechanical maintenance annex, a garage for ambulances and parking slots for 125 cars.
The services covered in the main building are as follows:
Facilities for people with special needs
The project design has considered requirements of people with special needs including signage messaging, illustrations and Braille script, comfortable toilets, wide walkways for easy movement, auto-sensor doors, and reception desks with convenient height besides car parking spaces close to the main entrances and ramps in place of steps.
Heritage and sustainability
The buildings design also reflects the heritage and culture of Qatar without compromising international standards of safety for fire protection, besides 3-star rated GSAS environment standard. Another important design feature of the architectural design of the health center is inclusion of next generation technologies in the field of medical equipment.
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:
Ashghal has been granted two Sustainability Awards (2016) in health and education facilities by the Gulf Organization for Research and Development “GORD”, the leading organisation related to the performance-based system of GSAS implementation and development in the MENA region. Over the past years, 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.
The new projects come as a realization of Qatar Vision 2030, which is the basis of Ashghal strategy to provide integrated infrastructure and public utilities that serve all sectors in the country, especially health sector, as Ashghal has implemented about 24 health facilities during 2004 to 2018.
As per Ashghal’s vision to support growth of Qatar’s GDP, a huge proportion of materials used in Ashghal projects are of local made; and the share of the percentage of local materials used in South Al Wakra Health Center project reached 45% of the total materials including iron, steel, MEP items, glass and other materials.
It is worth to mention that health facility projects occupy a major chunk of building projects implemented by the Public Works Authority (Ashghal) in cooperation and coordination with health care sector entities represented by the Ministry of Public Health. Notably, the primary health care sector has recently witnessed major developments through opening of several modern health centers, first of its kind in Qatar in terms of the development of services provided and its vast construction areas to accommodate large numbers of patients and visitors, and thus delivering quality improved medical services to patients.
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