Congestion in city hospital parking lots needs urgent attention

Muscat – Despite the efforts of the Ministry of Health over the years to build new infrastructure and increase the number of parking spaces in hospitals, some hospitals in the city are in urgent need of improving public parking facilities in their local.

“Hospitals such as Royal Hospital and Khoula Hospital continue to witness traffic jams in the parking area every day, even after the ministry increased parking spaces and built multi-storey car parks” , Seeb resident Sultan al Rawahi told Muscat Daily. .

Pointing to public neglect, he said: ‘Some people park their cars in undesignated areas, particularly at the Royal Hospital. This is a violation of traffic rules and leads to traffic jams. These people are sometimes fined by the ROP.

Rawahi hopes the ministry will build more multi-level car parks at public hospitals, in addition to a new hospital in Seeb wilayat. “It is, after all, one of the largest wilayats in the sultanate in terms of population.”

Badr al Riyami, a visitor to Khoula Hospital, noted that the ministry has indeed increased the number of parking spaces in the hospital “but the problem is that people prefer to park closer to the hospital, maybe because of the heat or being late for appointments. ”.

He urged the ministry to consider constructing shaded parking lots and providing a facility to transport patients from parking lots away from the hospital entrance.

According to Marhoon al Saidi, a private sector employee, parking space at public hospitals is insufficient, forcing some visitors to park in undesignated areas. “We need to build modern hospitals that keep pace with needs,” Saidi said.

In March this year, Khoula Hospital got 281 additional parking spaces. This was provided in cooperation with the Muscat Municipality and the Ministry of Health. “With this, the total number of parking spaces in the hospital has increased to 899. The project was implemented for the convenience of hospital visitors who had difficulty in finding parking spaces, reducing the frequent traffic jams near the hospital and to prevent random parking of vehicles,” the municipality said.

In July 2021, The Royal Hospital set up a service to transport patients from its car parks to the hospital buildings during working hours.

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