Al Saidi Patrons the Joint External Evaluation Closing Meeting
Al Saidi Patrons the Joint External Evaluation Closing Meeting9/4/2017
Under the auspices of H.E. Dr. Ahmed Mohammed Al Saidi, Minister of Health, the Joint External Evaluation (JEE) of the International Health Regulations (IHR) 2005 concluded on Thursday at the Holiday hotel with the presence of number of their Excellences Undersecretaries of the concerned Ministries, and Directors Generals of the specialized and relevant agencies. The conclusion included a discussion of the Evaluation results that was run by World Health Organization (WHO)’s experts, as well as those concerned with the implementation of the IHR2005 from MOH and different Ministries and authorities.
H.E. Health Minister expressed his appreciation for the efforts exerted by the external experts which made the evaluation process a success in the way forward establishing future policies for the Health System that comply with the International Data regarding the Public Health Emergency Preparedness. At the end, H.E. Dr. Al Saidi spoke highly of the JEE results as they overrun all expectations thanks to the efforts and cooperation between the different sectors.
The conclusion program involved a welcoming speech delivered by Dr. Saif Al Abri, Director General of Diseases Surveillance & Control where he stressed the significance of joint cooperation and coordination between the various public and private authorities in the Sultanate particularly in establishing policies for emergency preparedness and reporting in addition to exchanging of information and public health emergency response.
Later Dr. Abdullah Al Saeedi, WHO delivered the WHO Word where he stated that Oman is the thirteen countries in the East Mediterranean Region that completed the evaluation. Al Saeedi assured that Oman could play a lead role in transferring the knowledge and building the related capacities in other countries in the region and other regions. He further pointed out that the first draft report will be shared with the MOH within two weeks for review by the technical teams. The final version will be edited, translated and posted on the WHO webpage. After that, all sectors will collaborate to transform the recommendations into a plan of action with identified roles and responsibilities and timeframe. This plan of action will further enhance the public health capacity for promoting the global and national health security.
Results of the JEE was presented and later a lecture on work priorities results for the JEE was conducted. Lastly, H.E. Dr. Mohammed Saif Al Hosni, MOH’s Undersecretary for Health Affairs run the discussion session on the JEE results that involved opinions of the national team and the experts.
The JEE of the (IHR) 2005 has started in Sunday with the participation of 17 WHO experts and independent experts from different international organizations. The Evaluation covered all 19 core capacities that are enlisted in the IHR2005 approved form which are for the National Legislation, Policy and Financing, and IHR Coordination, Communication and Advocacy, in addition to Antimicrobial resistance, biosafety and biosecurity, national laboratories and public health, epidemiological surveillance, reporting, workforce development, Preparedness, Emergency Response Operations, Linking Public Health and Security Authorities, Medical Countermeasures and Personnel Deployment, and Points of Entry (PoE), and lastly Chemical Events and Radiation Emergencies.