Muscat, October 11 2020 – Dedicated to uplifting the community, particularly in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Oman Oil Marketing Company (OOMCO) has donated 60 fuel card vouchers to medical volunteers. The gesture is part of an initiative launched by the Oman Medical Association (OMA) called Ma’afa for Oman, which established a temporary hospital in Al Amerat to treat COVID-19 cases. The hospital, which consisted of 64 beds and included an intensive care unit, was staffed entirely by volunteer doctors, nurses and allied health workers from across the Sultanate. Presenting each volunteer with a fuel card worth OMR 50, amount-ing to OMR 3,000, Oman Oil Marketing Company aimed to honour their remarkable efforts and promote the spirit of volunteering.
“The ongoing pandemic has shown us, more than ever, the strength of our community, and it is humbling to see so many people unite for a common cause. At Oman Oil Marketing Company, we feel we have a role to play too, that extends beyond the fuel industry, and this is why we continue to find ways to reach out. These volunteers sacrificed their own personal time to put themselves on the frontlines, supporting the country’s health system during these exceptional circumstances, and we are forever indebted to them for their sacrifice,” said David Kalife, Chief Executive Officer of Oman Oil Marketing Company.
Ma'afa for Oman was launched by the OMA, with the approval of the Ministry of Social Devel-opment and in coordination with the Ministry of Health, in response to the strain COVID-19 was taking on the country’s hospitals and healthcare facilities. The initiative set up a temporary hospital in Al Amerat, providing medical care to patients from all over the Sultanate. More than 60 volunteer doctors, nurses, and allied health workers from both public and private healthcare
institutions worked in the hospital, in addition to non-healthcare volunteers who provided ancil-lary services, contributed their skills and time.
Through its corporate social responsibility strategy, Oman Oil Marketing Company is committed to enhancing the quality of life of the communities it serves. Since the onset of COVID-19, the company’s efforts have been focused on supporting the country as it combats the pandemic, raising awareness through a social media campaign to encourage the community to stay home, wash their hands and apply social distancing, and utilizing its service station screens to air information and instructive videos from the Ministry of Health. Aside from its COVID-19 initiatives, its rigorous CSR programme includes various campaigns and projects focused on promoting In-Country Value, including scholarships, SME support, raising vehicle safety awareness, and delivering education on renewable energy.