A Filipino-run hospital with 100 beds is set to be constructed in Qatar, according to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) in a statement.
The DFA said the construction of the hospital, which will be located in Doha, is set to begin in 2018.
The project was discussed during Philippine Health Secretary Jean Rosell-Ubial's two-day visit to Doha where she and her team met with prospective Qatari investors, among them Hamad Bin Jassim Al-Thani, a member of the Royal family in Doha and deputy chairman of AlJazeera International Group WLL.
Joining Ubial during her January 22 to 23 visit were Director Maylene Beltran of the Bureau of International Health Cooperation of the Department of Health (DOH), and Dr. Jose Manigque Tiongco, chairman of the Medical Mission Group.
According to the DFA, while waiting for the construction of the hospital, the Medical Mission Group will first start with a polyclinic in Doha by the third quarter of 2017.
During the meeting, Al-Thani acknowledged the importance of establishing a medical facility in Doha to be able to keep up with the demand for the health care given Qatar’s booming economy.
During her visit, Ubial witnessed the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between Dr. Tiongco of the Medical Mission Group and a Qatari investor.
Ubial also called on Charge d’affaires, a.i. Roussel Reyes of the Philippine Embassy in Doha, and met with the members of the Filipino communities in Qatar through a press conference at the Embassy Social Hall.
On the last day of the visit, Ubial met with the Minister of Public Health in Qatar Dr. Hanan Mohamed Al-Kuwari. —KBK, GMA News