2 January 2017, Muscat: Muscat Eye Laser Center (MELC), the most premium private eye care facility in the capital region, is the recipient of one of the Health Ministry’s highest accolades for excellence in the private healthcare sector in the Sultanate.
The renowned eye care center, which operates its flagship clinic in the upscale regions of Shatti Al Qurum and Al Mouj in Muscat, was conferred the ‘Best Eye Clinic in Oman’ for 2016 at the Annual Awards Ceremony hosted by the Ministry of Health to recognise excellence in the private healthcare arena. , MELC’s co-founder, Medical and Scientific Director Dr. Maria Clara Arbelaez, an international authority on corneal and refractive surgeries, was awarded the title as Best Doctor in private sector in Oman introducing scientific research for her sterling contributions to the advancement of eye care research.
The prestigious twin awards reinforce the Muscat Eye Laser Center’s longstanding reputation as an unrivalled provider of top quality vision correction services. By leveraging on a world-class combination of professional expertise, cutting edge technology, state-of-the-art equipment and unmatched levels of patient safety, Muscat Eye Laser Center continually delivers superior results for its patients.
The awards, instituted by the Directorate General of Private Health Establishments, underscore the Ministry’s efforts to nurture the growth and development of a competent, vibrant and quality-driven private healthcare sector that complements government healthcare institutions in the delivery of cost-effective services to the general public.
Evidence of this commitment was reflected in the presence of His Excellency Dr. Sultan Bin Yarub Al Busaidi, Health Affairs Advisor at the Ministry of Health, as the Chief Guest at the awards ceremony. Also in attendance at the ceremony, which was held at the Muscat Holiday Hotel in Al Khuwair, were high-level officials of the Ministry of Health, and representatives of leading private hospitals and clinics.
Medical and Scientific Director Dr Arbelaez, who co-founded Muscat Eye Laser Center along with Mr. Sameer Al Awam in 2002, is a highly acclaimed medical professional of national and international repute. She is best known for her research work in the field of corneal and refractive surgery, having presented numerous papers at prestigious international forums over the past two decades. Dr Arbelaez has also successfully performed over 58,000 surgeries over a professional career spanning several decades.
Welcoming the accolades, Dr Arbelaez said, “The awards are a testament to Muscat Eye Laser Center’s commitment to excellence in the delivery of patient-centred care on par with well-established international surgical eye care service providers. This recognition gives further impetus to our ambitions to evolve into a Center of Excellence in corrective vision services in the region.”