“NCDs cause 70 per cent of mortality in Oman. So that is a massive quantity. Four primary ones are cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, cancers and chronic respiratory diseases.
“Thankfully in Oman we have already integrated the management of asthma, hypertension and diabetes in primary care. So the ones that are very common are integrated in primary healthcare. We are having good results and this is what we are hoping to celebrate today, integration of NCDs in primary care.” She mentioned that the image is the identical in other nations. “We all have a rise in the risk factor and countries across the GCC are seeing a rise in physical inactivity, unhealthy diet and fast food joints.”
The forum was carried out by the Ministry of Health (MoH) with the help of United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) beneath the auspices of H E Dr Ali bin Talib al Hinai, Undersecretary for Planning Affair in the ministry.
Others present at the forum integrated, Asr Toson, representative of UNFPA in GCC, Dr Said al Lamki, director common of Primary Health Care, and professionals of the MoH from other governorates.
Toson mentioned that this year marks 25 years of the issuance of the Programme of Action of the International Conference of Population and Development and the Cairo Declaration. This year UNFPA is accelerating the promises offered to ladies and adolescents, which concentrate on supplying the necessary wellness solutions to this social category and enhance lives in all age groups.
He mentioned, “The initiative today is about non-communicable diseases. As you know high blood pressure, obesity, overweight issues, diabetes are quite widespread today and we have been working hand-in-hand with MoH for few years, implementing the nationwide initiative and to address the challenges.”
A presentation was offered by the Department of School and University Health in MoH highlighted the traits of adolescence and the significance to boost the healthful life-style programme targeting adolescent girls. An exhibition was also held on the sidelines of the forum exactly where the directorates of MoH in governorates displayed art operates reflecting the programmes they are undertaking to address NCDs in the sultanate.
Information Source: Muscat Daily