Muscat: His Highness Sayyid Fahd bin Mahmoud Al Said, Deputy Prime Minister for the Council of Ministers received today the UN Coordination Team headed by Dr Oleg Chestnov - Deputy Director-General for Non-Communicable Diseases and Mental Health, World Health Organization.
The team includes thirteen experts of the UN organisations, who are currently visiting the Sultanate within the framework of following up the implementation of the Political Declaration of the United Nations 2011 to address the dangers of non-communicable diseases in the world and in which countries pledged to translate the declaration into action and consequently the Ministry of Health established a multi-sectoral higher national committee, which issued the national policy, which was approved by the Council of Ministers.
The Deputy Prime Minister for the Council of Ministers expressed appreciation of the Sultanate for the outstanding role played by the United Nations and other organisations to promote global networking and provide better services, stressing the keenness of the Sultanate under the leadership of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said to provide all possibilities to maintain the health of citizens.
UN Working Group gave a presentation before the Council of ministers on the efforts made in this regard to support decision-makers in other sectors, as well as the Ministry of Health to address the hazard factors related to non-communicable diseases, and to benefit from the World Health Organization’s experiences and various United Nations agencies operating in the Sultanate in order to combat these diseases.
The team touched on the details and causes of diseases, with an emphasis on the need for the cooperation of all sectors with the competent authorities in this regard to raise awareness and prevention in order to preserve the health of citizens and to prevent them from harm.
His Highness Sayyid Fahd, affirmed that the Sultanate’s government in response to the political declaration of the United Nations, in which Member States pledged to address the risk of non-communicable diseases, has taken the initiative to form a multi-sectoral Supreme National Committee, adding that from this standpoint the Sultanate is making every effort and provides all possible capabilities to make available the best ways of care to maintain the health of citizens, family and the community as a whole.
Dr. Ahmed bin Mohammed bin Obaid al- Saeedi, Minister of Health said that the Sultanate invited the UN Coordination Team to coordinate efforts to preserve the health of citizens, and remove the risk of non-communicable diseases from them, adding that addressing these diseases requires the cooperation of the Government, the Supreme National Committee, academics, and private sector to work together in this particular sector.
He said that we all should be wary of the risks that could be caused by non-communicable diseases and their negative effects and costs for human resources, pointing out that the support for the efforts of the United Nations in this regard is necessary and we are moving forward.
The UN team expressed their appreciation for the efforts of the Sultanate in this regard and the collaboration with the Ministry of Health in order to reach the desired goals. Dr. Ahmed bin Mohammed bin Obaid al- Saeedi, Minister of Health attended the meeting.