MOH Announces Results of Nutrition Survey
MOH Announces Results of Nutrition Survey29/3/2018
The Ministry of Health (MOH), represented by the Department of Nutrition organized yesterday Wednesday a ceremony to announce the results of the nutrition survey in the patronage of H.E. Dr. Ahmed bin Mohammed Al-Saidi, Minister of Health and in the presence of H.E. Geert Cappelaere, UNICEF Regional Director in the Middle East & North Africa at the Sheraton Hotel.
Over 250 participants from various health institution in the Sultanate and other government authorities have attended the ceremony.
Dr. Said Al-Lamki, Director General of Primary Healthcare pointed out in his opening speech "we all aware of the importance of conducting health surveys from time to time, in order to figure out the health status of the community". He added that the Ministry of Health has conducted two national surveys; this survey and the National Noncommunicable Diseases Survey.
In addition, Dr. Al-Lamki stated that over the past decades, the Ministry has developed, within the primary healthcare programs, a follow-up records for the indicators of services delivery and quality including, but not limited, mother & child health record and diabetes record…etc.
The UNICEF Regional Director stated that Malnutrition is an important problem in the Middle East and North Africa, malnutrition in different forms from under nutrition, anemia and pregnant famine and the problem of overweight, which it is an important problem, and it is a growing problem across the region. He also added that Oman should be very proud because Oman's leadership has taken the commitment to do an impressive survey.
He pointed out that the survey is an excellent piece of work and it learns a number of things; first, it learns that in Oman a lot of progress has been made in tackling the problem of malnutrition, we see in the country the problem of anemia amongst women going down. Therefore, the leadership of the country should be very proud of what has been achieved in the past decades. Oman is an example not only for the Gulf countries but also for the Middle East and the world.
The Regional Director also added that we see a rapid increase of obesity among children, which is very varying, and anemia remains a challenge.
Dr. Salima Al-Mamari, Senior Specialist at the Nutrition Department addressed the results of the survey, where the family response rates varied from 76.1% in North Al-Batinah to 94.8% in AlDhakhilia Governorate. Generally, the data of interviews and physical measurements from 92.7% from children and 78.1% from selected women. In addition, Dr. Al-Mamari added that the hemoglobin response rates were low; 64.6% for children, 86% for non-pregnant women in reproductive age.
Dr. Al-Mamari concluded her lecture on the most important recommendations that must follow including, reduce the prevalence of overweight and obesity among women in productive age, reduce the prevalence of folate deficiency and B12 vitamins, reducing the prevalence of stunting and wasting among children under five-year.
The ceremony included a video highlighted the importance of the results of the National Nutrition Survey, where the health nutrition is played the main role in achieving health.
It is worth mentioning that, over the past four decades, the Sultanate has witnessed a social and economic progress according to the UN reports. The Sultanate has ranked among the most developed countries in the World between 1970 – 2010. For example, the rapid low incidence of malnutrition.
At the end of the ceremony, the Minister inaugurated the accompanying exhibition, which shut the lights on the exerted efforts that highlighted the health programs and services provided to the community.