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GCC health undersecretaries discuss COVID-19 developments

18 Mar 2020

On the recommendation of the emergency meeting of the GCC Ministers of Health, which was held on Saturday, the undersecretaries of Ministries of Health of the GCC states held their first meeting to discuss the developments of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) via a video conference on Monday. 

The meeting reviewed the statement of the GCC Ministers of Health meeting, identified the communication controls to provide the information, as well as the coordination process for the daily reports. Furthermore, the meeting reviewed the mechanism of exchanging the precautionary and preventive measures to reduce the spread of the disease.

Formation of joint operation rooms, conducting weekly meetings at the undersecretary level in order to continuously discuss and monitor the COVID-19 latest developments, as well as the coordination process in making the joint decisions were also discussed during the meeting. 

In addition, the undersecretaries reviewed plans to tackle the virus, the procedures that are enforced in the points of entry, the statistics related to the virus, the preparedness of the health sector, media and emergency plans, community awareness programmes and the role of the Health Council in this regard.

The GCC undersecretaries praised the significant efforts of the staff working in the health sector and their contribution in tackling COVID-19, as well as the cooperation of citizens along with the official and civil authorities in these exceptional circumstances.

Furthermore, the undersecretaries urge all GCC citizens and residents to implement the infection control standards, avoid attending the gatherings as possible and adhere to the preventive safety measures. 

They also stressed the importance of taking information from reliable sources and not pay attention to rumours and unofficial social media channels. In addition to co-operating with all developments to ensure the safety of the GCC citizens and residents and enjoying the highest levels of health.

H E Dr Mohammed bin Saif al Hosni, Undersecretary for Health Affairs in the Ministry of Health, called upon all citizens and residents in the sultanate to follow the applicable preventive measures such as washing hands with water and soap, wearing a face mask, avoiding direct contact with the people suffering from cold, cough and fever so as not being infected. 

H E Dr Hosni also urged that anyone with respiratory symptoms to go directly to the nearest health institution for consultation and treatment with the necessity of wearing a mask when visiting the health institution, as well as adhering to home quarantine procedures and not hanging out at crowded places during the current period. 

The undersecretary urges all citizens and residents to take information only from official sources and not pay attention to rumours, and contact the contact centre of the ministry for further information. 

 

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