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MOH Emphasizes Preparedness Plans

MOH Emphasizes Preparedness Plans

MOH Emphasizes Preparedness Plans


The Ministry of Health (MOH), represented by the Directorate General of Diseases Surveillance & Control (DGDSC) and the Directorate General of Primary Healthcare (DGPHC) organized today (Monday) an urgent workshop to emphasize on the preparedness of the Directorates General of Health Services of all Governorates in handling the new Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) outbreak in China at the Holiday Hotel.

The workshop held under the patronage of H.E. Dr. Mohammed bin Saif Al-Hosni, MOH Undersecretary for Health Affairs and attended by the directors of departments of diseases surveillance & control, primary healthcare and private health institutions in the Governorates.

Al-Hosni stressed that the Ministry supports the health institutions by the required devices and staff that would enhance them to handle any detected cases.

The workshop touched upon several related issues including the National framework for Preparedness Plan, the Preparedness plan; North Sharqia Experience, Rapid response plan, health promotion and media and others.

The training workshop also highlighted the preparations experiences in Muscat International Airport, Sohar Seaport, the private health sector and the primary healthcare institutions.

The Ministry of Health monitors the current situation of 2019-nCoV in China, as well as the reports issued by the World Health Organization (WHO) and Center for Diseases Control & Prevention in the USA in order to keep pace with any updates and following-up the emergence of any new case outside China. 

MOH has taken the precautionary measures in the health institutions on how to handle, prevention and control any suspected cases. It also raises awareness among the health workers, community and travellers from and to China to ensure health security in the Sultanate.

The Ministry of Health, Public Authority for Civil Aviation, Oman Airports, Royal Oman Police and port operators are working together to emphasize the preparedness of points of entry (air, sea and land), the health facilities in the Sultanate and training the concerned staff on handling any cases of communicable diseases, as well as developing plans for such situations in the border crossings to reduce contact with others and infection transmission.

MOH has activated the Central Public Health Emergency Committee of 2019-nCoV, in which the Committee reviewed and circulated the manuals (Algorithm) regarding handling the suspected cases of this virus, prevention and infection control policies, and indicative action for points of entry in all health institutions.

MOH's team has visited recently Muscat International Airport, Sohar Airport & Seaport, Duqm Airport & Seaport to review the preparation and response plan in these border crossings.

Through the epidemiological surveillance system of acute respiratory diseases, the Ministry monitored the cases of acute respiratory infection within the past two months and supported the system by an e-reporting system for the government institutions not affiliated to the Ministry, as well as the private health institutions in order to monitor these cases across the Governorates.