Workshop on Strengthening Cross-Border Outbreak Management
Workshop on Strengthening Cross-Border Outbreak Management27/10/2015
H.E. Dr. Ahmed bin Mohammed al-Saidi, Minister of Health has patronized today the workshop on Strengthening Cross-Border Outbreak Management at Radisson Blu Hotel, Muscat.
The four-day workshop, which is being hosted by the Sultanate of Oman, is organized by the Ministry of Health in collaboration with the George Washington University and the World Health Organization country office (WHO) in the Sultanate of Oman.
The Minister of Health pointed out in his welcoming speech that: “Globally, many countries today face a broad range of emergencies and challenges in health sector resulting from various hazards and differing in scale, complexity with international consequences. Therefore preparing for and responding effectively to such emergencies are among the most pressing challenges facing the international community. As crises rarely consider international borders, cross-border co-operation is of utmost importance.”
He also added that: “Preparedness for cross-border implications is vital to facilitate a speedy and effective response to health emergencies. Especially when it comes to health or environmental emergencies, only well-developed cross-border co-operation may be capable of halting further proliferation.”
“The Ministry of Health thus considers such threats seriously and thrives to develop human resources to engage effectively and efficiently. This workshop is one of those activities that is aimed at developing sustainable capacity among the neighboring countries and also to develop and strengthen cross-border communication and coordination mechanisms” Dr. al-Saidi said.
The workshop is attended by H.E. Dr. Abdullah Assa-edi, WHO Representative to the Sultanate, as well as number of MOH senior officials and participants from around 10 different countries.