It was attended by Dr Mazin Khabouri, director common, Private Health Establishments, Dr Seif al Abri, director common, Directorate General for Disease Surveillance and Control (DGDSC) and several ministry officials and representatives from private healthcare establishments.
In several presentations, the emphasis was laid on the part of private players in diagnosis, therapy and elimination of communicable illnesses like TB, HIV, and so on.
Dr Khabouri laid emphasis on the value of public-private partnership in surveillance, diagnosis, therapy and control of communicable illnesses in the national interest. In his address, Dr Abri explained the objective of the conference and hailed the private sector for their contribution in the diagnosis of tuberculosis which comprises 30-40 per cent of total circumstances.
He mentioned about the require for the private sector to screen HIV.
Dr Abri mentioned nevertheless there are 46 per cent of the HIV circumstances but to be screened and diagnosed and this cooperation will definitely bridge the gap.
Dr Fatma al Yaquobi, head of National TB and Acute Respiratory section CDC, DGDSC spoke on the ‘Situation of TB in Oman and the role of PPP for TB elimination’. She mentioned that failure to engage with private providers can outcome in extended delays in diagnosis and therapy, resulting in additional transmission of the disease, top to the improvement of multidrug-resistant TB.
Dr Samir Shah, epidemiologist, DCD, DGDSC spoke on the ‘Status of HIV epidemic in Oman and the role of private sector’.
He mentioned in 2018 alone 145 HIV circumstances had been diagnosed amongst Omanis exactly where as the quantity stood at 252 for expats.
Information Source: Muscat Daily