Monday, 8 Mar 2021
A ceremony to mark the graduation of 360 Omani palliative care nurses was held as part of a public-private partnership training programme on Sunday.

360 Omanis graduate in 3-year palliative care nursing programme

It was held beneath the auspices of H H Sayyid Taimur bin Asa’ad bin Tariq al Said at the Grand Hyatt Muscat.

The 3-year programme will allow the nurses to enhance the top quality of life for cancer sufferers – and their households – by means of a holistic method which includes discomfort prevention and relief. The coaching was coordinated and implemented by the Oman Cancer Association (OCA) in partnership with the Ministry of Health, and funded by Petroleum Development Oman (PDO) to additional create an infrastructure for palliative care in the sultanate.

In a pre-recorded video message played at the occasion, H E Dr Ahmed bin Mohammed bin Obaid al Sa’eedi, Minister of Health stated, “Palliative care is an crucial element of remedy in healthcare delivery. Since 2002, the palliative care service has been enhancing in a systemic style. The perform of the Oman Cancer Association and PDO has additional catapulted palliative care in Oman forward with the certification of these 360 Omani nurses.

“In 2013, the Ministry of Health asked the Oman Cancer Association to be the focal point for training in palliative care programme. We all have to work together without fragmentation to strengthen palliative care in Oman within the remit of our religion, culture and heritage.”

International specialists from globally recognised institutions, and beneath the umbrella of the Middle East Cancer Consortium, the Oncology Nurses Society and the American Society of Clinical Oncology carried out the programme.

Those who have certified will be capable to supply palliative care in a selection of clinical settings which includes properties and hospitals across Oman.

Palliative care for cancer individuals in the sultanate began at the National Oncology Centre in 2002.

However, Yuthar al Rawahi, a 4-time cancer survivor and OCA founder and honorary life president, realised the require to additional create the management and care of terminally ill individuals whilst operating with the oncologists at the centre.

As a outcome, a require assessment study in 2012 identified a requirement to train a minimum of 360 nurses in palliative cancer care to adequately cater to the nation and also supply main healthcare physicians with international certification.

Immediate action was taken by OCA, with funding from PDO, and in partnership with the ministries of Health and Social Development, to conduct palliative care coaching in line with requirements laid down by best worldwide institutions. Dr Wahid al Kharusi, president of Oman Cancer Association, and Raoul Restucci, managing director, PDO as well have been at the occasion.

Information Source: Muscat Daily

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