Hospitals and health centers of the Sultanate of Oman conducted 114,077 major and minor surgeries in 2017, according to the health statistics bulletin released by the National Centre for Statistics and Information (NCSI). It also indicated that the number of major surgeries reached about 50,656, while minor surgeries were 63,421.
Khoula Hospital had the highest number of major surgeries among the hospitals in the Sultanate. In 2017, the hospital carried out 7,616 major operations, which is about 15% of the major surgeries carried out in the country. Similarly, the number of minor surgeries carried out by the health centers was 14,184, which is 22.4% of such operations conducted at the level in the Sultanate. These statistics also showed that the outpatient clinics (OPDs) of the Ministry of Health registered about 15,792,546 patient visits, of them 14,994,707 were Omanis, with an average of 6 visits per person per year. Among these OPD visitors, the number of expatriate visits was 797,839, with an average of 0.4 visits per person in 2017.These statistics also showed that the OPDs of the private sector had around 3,868,742 visits, of which 1,958,757 were Omani patients, with an average of 0.8 visits per person per year. The number of expatriate OPD visitors was 1,909,985, with an average of 0.9 visits per person in 2017. The NCSI bulletin also indicated that the number of hospitals of the Ministry of Health in the various governorates of the Sultanate reached 49, with 5,039 beds. The number of extended health centers of the ministry reached 23, whereas health centers reached 184, of which 124 were without beds. The ministry's 60 health centers had 98 beds.
The bulletin also said that the number of employees in these institutions of the Ministry of Health reached 39,161. The number of doctors reached 6,200; of them, 2,420 were consultants and specialists, while the number of dentists reached 321. The number of pharmacists in the Ministry of Health reached 551, while the number of nurses was 14,408. The number of physiotherapists reached 335, X-ray technicians 756, laboratory technicians 1,630, assistant pharmacists 1,448 and other cadres 13,512. The number of health workforce in other government organizations reached 4,457. They are in the hospitals of the Royal Oman Police, Petroleum Development Oman, Sultan Qaboos University Hospital and Royal Court. The number of hospitals of the private sector reached 21 with 725 beds. The number of private medical centers and health complexes reached 270, while the number of public clinics reached 300. The number of Chinese and Indian clinics reached 51, and the clinics of private companies reached 168. The number of specialized clinics reached 101, and the dental clinics reached 289. There are about 28 private medical laboratories in the Sultanate, 8 private resonance diagnosis centers and 718 private pharmacies.
The NCSI bulletin has also showed that the number of employees in these private sector health institutions reached 12,343, with about 2,317 doctors, including 1,156 consultants and specialists, and 982 dentists. The number of pharmacists in the private sector reached about 1,795, while the number of nurses was 3,799. The number of physiotherapists reached 163, X-ray technicians 233, medical laboratory technicians 549, assistant pharmacists 489 and other cadres 2,016 cadres.
The full publication can be accessed on the website of the NCSI: www.ncsi.gov.om.