Health Minister Honors the Omani WHO-EMRO Director General
H.E. Dr. Ahmed bin Mohammed Al Saidi, Minister of Health, honored on Thursday at his office Dr. Ahmed bin Salim al Mandhari, for being appointed as the Regional Director of World Health Organization Eastern Mediterranean Region (WHO-EMRO) which includes 22 countries.
On this occasion, H.E. Dr. Al Saidi expressed his gratitude to all countries that supported the Sultanate in the election process and contributed in obtaining the position for Dr. Al Mandhari.
Dr. Ahmed al Mandhari gave a word where he thanked the Ministry’s appreciated support and described obtaining the position is a pride for the Sultanate in the first place.
Dr. Al Mandhari will assume his duties from 1st of June for five years and a half.
Dr. Ahmed Al Mandhari held the position of director general of Quality Assurance Centre at MOH, and had previously served as the director general of Sultan Qaboos University hospital (SQUH) and worked as senior consultant physician in Family Medicine & Public Health department.
Moreover, Dr. Al Mandhari was a member in the Higher Medical Committee, and member of the permanent committee as well as the multi-national task force that work on the various health projects such as Blood Transfusion Services, Central Documentations Management, Health Leadership Development project, and Administrative Enhancement project. He also was a member at Hospitals’ Administration councils of Royal hospital and Khoula hospital, in addition to being a member in the Higher Health Committee at SQU and MOH.
On the international level, Al Mandhari held the position of interim advisory at the WHO First Global Challenge on Patient Safety, and interim advisory in WHO Education and training in Patient Safety Research.
Al Mandhari has graduated from Sultan Qaboos University (SQU) in 1993 with MD, and acquired post-doctoral studies at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM), UK. He further received a doctorate in quality management in healthcare from University of Liverpool.
It is worth noted that the election of the Sultanate candidate affirms the efficiency of the Omani cadres and confirms the unquestioned respectability and appreciation of Oman at the international forums.
Five countries have competed on the position whereby theOmani candidate got the highest votes.
This achievement is the first-of-its-kind for the sultanate due to the efforts exerted by the MOH in the planning, and qualification, as well as maintaining the regional and international recognition of the Sultanate health achievements.