Oman’s Ministry of Health has opened the country’s first government fertility centre at Khoula Hospital.

Equipped with the latest laboratory technologies, the centre is dedicated to assisting couples with pregnancy and childbirth challenges.

It opened on 14 February in Khoula Hospital’s Al Wattayah Obstetrics and Gynaecology Complex.

The facility will initially treat an estimated 1,000 cases this year, with plans to increase this capacity to 1,500 next year.

It will receive admissions from obstetrics and gynaecology departments across all government hospitals and health complexes in Oman’s governorates, reflecting a nationwide effort to address fertility issues.

According to a Times of Oman report, Sultan Qaboos University assistant vice-chancellor Dr Muna Fahad Mahmoud Al-Said said the fertility centre is the first of its kind in the government health sector and will help patients cope with various fertility challenges.

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She added that the medical centre will provide diagnostic and therapeutic services for couples during their journey in treating fertility problems.

Dr Al-Said attended the opening ceremony for the clinic alongside Omani Health Minister Dr Hilal Ali Al-Sabti and Social Development Minister Dr Laila Ahmed Al-Najar.

The Times of Oman reported that the fertility centre will use in-vitro fertilisation, which is used in cases such as fallopian tube obstruction, ovulation disorders and infertility in males, as well as infertility of unknown causes when other procedures and treatments have failed.

The clinic was first proposed in 2013 and its opening was later mandated under Royal Decree No 10/2024.

Obstetrics and Gynecology senior consultant Dr Rahma Salim Al Ghabshi said: “A total of 10-13% of the population of any society suffer from delayed pregnancy, which is a medical problem that affects not only the individual but also the family, community and the country.

“Providing such a service contributes to treating delayed pregnancy to maintain family and community cohesion.”