The Ministry of Health (MoH) held an emergency workshop to review the preparedness of its staff at the Directorate General of Health Services across all governorates. The workshop, held at Holiday Inn Muscat, was represented by the Directorate General of Diseases Surveillance & Control and the Directorate General of Primary Healthcare. The workshop was held on Monday to review the preparedness of MoH departments to handle any cases of Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV).
The workshop was held under the patronage of H E Dr Mohammed bin Saif al Hosni, Undersecretary for Health Affairs at the MoH. It was attended by the directors of departments of diseases surveillance & control, primary healthcare and private health institutions in the governorates.
H E Hosni said that the ministry is supporting health institutions by providing required devices and staff to handle any detected cases.
The workshop also touched upon several related issues including the National Framework for Preparedness Plan, Rapid Response plan, Health promotion and media and others. The training workshop also highlighted the preparation activities held at Muscat International Airport, Port of Sohar, private and primary healthcare institutions.
MoH has said that it is monitoring 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 US in order to keep pace with any updates and following-up the emergence of any new cases outside China.
MoH has also taken the precautionary measures in the health institutions on how to handle, prevent and control any suspected cases.
The ministry is also raising awareness among health workers, community and individual travellers from and to China to take precautions to ensure health security in the sultanate. The Ministry of Health, Public Authority for Civil Aviation, Oman Airports, the Royal Oman Police and port operators are working together to review all preparations at the points of entry (air, sea and land), the health facilities in the sultanate and training the concerned staff on handling all cases of communicable diseases.
MoH has also activated the Central Public Health Emergency Committee of 2019-nCoV, in which the committee reviewed and circulated brochures with respect to handling the suspected cases of this virus, prevention and infection control policies, and indicative action for points of entry in all health institutions.
MoH has been reviewing the epidemiological situation through a surveillance system and monitored cases of acute respiratory infection within the past two months.