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MINISTRY OF HEALTH ANNOUNCES RESULTS OF NUTRITION SURVEY.

The Ministry of Health (MoH), represented by the Department of Nutrition organised on Wednesday a ceremony to announce the results of the Nutrition Survey. Some of the important recommendations of the survey included reducing prevalence of obesity among women in the productive age, folate deficiency and vitamin B12, stunting and wasting among children under five years.

The ceremony was held under the patronage of H E Dr Ahmed bin Mohammed bin Obaid al Saeedi, Minister of Health and in the presence of Geert Cappelaere, Unicef's regional director in the Middle East and North Africa at Sheraton Oman Hotel. Over 250 participants from various health institutions in the sultanate and other government authorities attended the ceremony.

Dr Said al Lamki, director general of Primary Healthcare in his opening speech said, 'We all are 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 MoH has conducted two surveys including the national Non-Communicable Diseases Survey. Talking about the results of the survey, Dr Salima al Mamari, senior specialist at the Nutrition Department said, 'The family response rates varied from 76.1 per cent in North Batinah to 94.8 per cent in Dakhliyah governorate. Data was collected from 92.7 per cent children and 78.1 per cent select women.'

Dr Salima concluded her lecture on the most important recommendations that need to be followed up such as reducing the prevalence of obesity among women in productive age, folate deficiency and vitamin B12, stunting and wasting among children under five years.

Cappelaere said that malnutrition is an important problem in the Middle East and North Africa and it exists in different forms. He also added that Oman should be very proud because the country's leadership has taken the commitment to do an impressive survey.

He pointed out that the survey is an excellent piece of work which presents a number of findings. Firstly, 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 anaemia amongst women is 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.' Cappelaere added that 'we see a rapid increase in obesity among children, which is very varying, and anaemia remains a challenge'.

Over the past four decades, the sultanate has witnessed a social and economic progress according to the UN reports. Oman has ranked among the most developed countries in the World between 1970 and 2010. For example, the rapid low incidence of malnutrition. At the end of the ceremony, the minister inaugurated the accompanying exhibition, which highlighted the health programmes provided to the community.

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Date:Mar 29, 2018
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