‘Royal Hospital Kids’ Free Reading App Launched for Hospitalized Children in Oman

Muscat, Oman -Tuesday 30 July 2019 [ AETOS Wire ]

Al Manhal, part of TechKnowledge General Trading based in the United Arab Emirates, in cooperation with the Department of Hematology and Oncology for Children at the Royal Hospital in Oman and with the support of Ara Petroleum, a subsidiary of Al-Zubayr Group based in the Sultanate of Oman, have launched the free virtual library reading application ‘Royal Hospital Kids’ for children residing in the hospital to help children to bear and overcome the stages of treatment.

Several studies have shown the positive effect of reading on the speed of children’s response to treatment and its effect on decreasing the length of their stay at the hospital.

The Royal Hospital Kids application, operated by Al Manhal and using one of its specialized products for children, Nahla wa Nahil, offers hundreds of interactive stories that children can listen to and read, as well as educational games and various worksheets.

Dr. Ibrahim Al-Ghaithi, Head of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology, explained that the Children’s Library application was a dream for many children and their families. Reading, in addition to being an educational skill, is one of the easiest and most enjoyable hobbies that children can maintain during their treatment. Many children and their families enjoy reading for leisure, and reading is an inspiration to many people through heroic characters and their achievements in novels and stories. This is undoubtedly a positive motivation for children and their families to follow the treatment plan.

Osama Alzadjali, Communication and Corporate Affairs Manager of Ara Petroleum, said: “The energy companies are distinguished by their contribution to various charitable projects. The children of the Department of Oncology and Hematology at the Royal Hospital are receiving our focus this year. This is in the interest of the health of today’s children, who are the pillars of our society of tomorrow, and the youth of the future. The idea of this application, keeping up with modern technologies while contributing to drawing smiles on children’s faces, and in the development of reading skills as well, is one of our priorities.