The ceremony was held beneath the patronage of H E Dr Ahmed bin Mohammed bin Obaid al Saeedi, Minister of Health and in the presence of Geert Cappelaere, Unicef’s regional director in the Middle East & North Africa at Sheraton Oman Hotel. Over 250 participants from numerous well being institutions in the sultanate and other government authorities attended the ceremony.
Dr Said al Lamki, director common of Primary Healthcare in his opening speech stated, “We all are aware of the importance of conducting health surveys from time to time, in order to figure out the health status of the community.”
He added that MoH has carried out two surveys such as the national Non-Communicable Diseases Survey. Talking about the outcomes of the survey, Dr Salima al Mamari, senior specialist at the Nutrition Department stated, “The family response rates varied from 76.1 per cent in North Batinah to 94.8 per cent in Dakhliyah governorate. Data was collected from 92.7 per cent children and 78.1 per cent select women.”
Dr Salima concluded her lecture on the most crucial suggestions that require to be followed up such as decreasing the prevalence of obesity amongst females in productive age, folate deficiency and vitamin B12, stunting and wasting amongst youngsters beneath 5 years.
Cappelaere stated that malnutrition is an crucial difficulty in the Middle East and North Africa and it exists in distinct types. He also added that Oman must be really proud simply because the country’s leadership has taken the commitment to do an impressive survey.
He pointed out that the survey is an outstanding piece of perform which presents a quantity of findings. Firstly, it learns that in Oman a lot of progress has been created in tackling the difficulty of malnutrition. “We see in the country the problem of anaemia amongst women is going down. Therefore, the leadership of the country should be very proud of what has been achieved in the past decades. Oman is an example not only for the Gulf countries but also for the Middle East and the world.” Cappelaere added that ‘we see a rapid increase in obesity among children, which is very varying, and anaemia remains a challenge’.
Over the previous 4 decades, the sultanate has witnessed a social and financial progress according to the UN reports. Oman has ranked amongst the most created nations in the World in between 1970 and 2010. For instance, the speedy low incidence of malnutrition. At the finish of the ceremony, the minister inaugurated the accompanying exhibition, which highlighted the well being programmes supplied to the neighborhood.
Information Source: Muscat Daily