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Sultanate declared rubella and measles free by WHO

Sultanate declared rubella and measles free by WHO

The RVC met in Amman, Jordan, on May 15 and 16 this year to assessment the reports submitted by Bahrain, Iran and Oman, and determine on the status of elimination of measles and rubella in the 3 nations.

The commission’s selection was primarily based on a assessment of the reports and discussion with representatives from the 3 nations in the course of the meeting. Dr Ahmed al Mandhari, WHO Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean, congratulated Bahrain, Iran and Oman on their achievement.

“We acknowledge the great efforts exerted by the health sector in the three countries that have led to the achievement of this goal and the elimination of these serious diseases. This gives us great hope and confidence that all countries in the region can do the same and that we will be able to announce that the Eastern Mediterranean Region is a measles and rubella free region,” he mentioned. The RVC was nominated by the Regional Director in January 2018 to confirm the elimination of the two ailments. Since then, national verification committees in 12 low incidence nations have been briefed on the documentation necessary for verification of the elimination of measles and rubella.

During the meeting in Amman, the RVC also announced a set of suggestions for the 3 nations.

The commission advised that Bahrain and Oman ought to sustain the higher top quality of their national immunisation programmes and their surveillance systems.

The commission also advised that Iran update and full their measles outbreak summary table and implement additional coaching for national laboratory employees on which includes distinct sequence ID details in their nation report to the RVC.

The RVC encouraged all nations in the area to sustain their efforts for the elimination of measles and rubella. The commission also appreciated the work taken by the nations to prepare the national reports for verification of elimination.

Information Source: Muscat Daily

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