Measles Vaccine Push
Oman’s Ministry of Health has insisted that everyone under 35 in the country must be vaccinated against measles, following a recent rise in the number of cases reported in the Sultanate.
Beginning on May 14th, the latest vaccination campaign will be delivered in two phases. One will ensure that all Omani nationals, and expats currently residing in the country are covered, whilst the other will focus on making sure that anyone coming into the Sultanate has the relevant vaccinations.
Measles was thought to have been wiped out in Oman, however due to the high number of people coming into the country, rates have started to rise once again. Last year there were over 150 cases discovered, whilst numbers had already reached 44 by April of this year.
Globally rates of the condition appear to be rising, and so Oman’s countrywide plans are set to put them ahead of the rest of the world.
New Hospital Officially Opened
Masirah Hospital in the Defiat area of Oman was officially opened at the end of April, by Sheikh Abdullah bin Mustuhail Shamas, governor of South A'Sharqiya.
The new hospital will provide high quality care facilities to over 25 villages throughout the province, with its campus covering an area of over 775,000 square meters, and represents a further step forward for healthcare in the ever expanding Gulf country.
Its opening comes just two months after plans were approved for a stunning new state-of-the-art private venture between Oman Brunei Investment Company, Suhail Bahwan Group and Idealmed Group to bring a brand new, 100 bed, facility to the capital, Muscat.
A Focus on Improving Adolescent Health
Health and education officials in Oman put a focus on helping keep young adults on the straight and narrow during a conference held last week.
Officials from the United Nations, Ministry of Education and Ministry of Health met up to work on the plans, which include attempting to reduce deaths in road accidents, drug use and lower the rates of non-communicable diseases across the country.
Dr Rana Haddan, who ran the event, highlighted the importance of making the right decisions from an early age: “At this age, children become attracted to what others of their ages are doing, so if others are practicing risky behaviour, they will do the same. If others are doing positive things, they will do that. Here we are trying to influence that behaviour positively.”
Department of School and University Health director, Faiqa Al Sinawi added: “We have to start educating from a young age. We have allocated 900 nurses in schools across the country, and health education for younger ones has become a major priority.
“We have also seen the right results, such as in the last study which was conducted on the awareness of tobacco use, because when children hit puberty, they want to try different things, but when health education was imparted in schools, a difference was observed.”