Oman plans to build two new hospitals and 27 new health centres by 2015 as part of its eighth development plan.

The new healthcare facilities are just the beginning of a wide-ranging building programme to improve the quality of medical facilities in the sultanate, said Ali Talib al-Hinai, undersecretary for planning at the Health Ministry at MEED’s Oman Investment Forum 2012 on 8 October. The scheme is part of Oman’s strategic plan Health Vision 2050.

Al-Hinai said Oman was well-served by an established network of primary and secondary healthcare facilities, but still needs more tertiary healthcare centres, including advanced hospitals capable of providing treatment for complex ailments, such as cancer.

Oman has already made significant strides in improving healthcare provision. In 1970, the average life expectancy was 51, but this figure had risen to 74 in 2010.