Aster Al Raffah, Hospital
Pandemic care to Muttrah- Oman
Aster Al Raffah Hospitals and Clinics is one of the most prominent and largest private hospital establishments in Oman, the GCC and India. As COVID-19 cases surged in Oman, it launched the Aster Volunteers Mobile Medical Services in collaboration with Oman’s Ministry of Health. The mobile clinic was the first of its kind in the country.
The initiative provided free medical consultations and testing to residents of Wilayat Muttrah – a province of Muscat that has been hit particularly badly by the COVID-19 pandemic. The initiative aimed to provide the highest standards of care to residents whose access to medical services may have been disrupted due to the ongoing pandemic and subsequent restrictions to movement. The highly accessible service enabled residents to consult expert medical professionals and share their COVID-19 related health concerns without having to visit a busy hospital.
Aster Al Raffah Hospitals and Clinics also helped the government conduct mass screening for residents. Two tents were raised to take nasal swabs from patients, mostly staffed by doctors from Aster Al Raffah. Work continued even during the holy month of Ramadan, during which doctors relentlessly worked in the evenings from 8pm to 11pm after breaking their fast. The screening camp started in the first week of April, during the peak of summer. It was open until the end of June when services were finally called off after seeing a dramatic decrease in numbers.