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Oman’s public health shining example for innovation, learning: WHO outgoing representative

29 Apr 2020 By SHADDAD AL MUSALMY

Dr Akjemal Magtymova, WHO Representative to the Sultanate, who is now leaving for Syria, said Oman has progressed steadily and swiftly, moving up the development and income spectrum.

She added that Oman has progressed from being a recipient to being a collaborative partner in relatively short period, demonstrating its successes to wider audience as a role model, undertaking an undoubtedly transformative agenda.

“Beyond the Eastern Mediterranean Region (EMR), Oman is now playing a noticeably global role contributing intellectually and substantively to the WHO Director General’s vision and mission as outlined in the 13th General Programme of Work. Oman is making measurable impacts locally while helping itself and others achieve the “Triple Billion” targets and health-related SDGs. WHO’s partnership with Oman is truly a two-way street,” she said.

Dr Akjemal said that Universal Health Coverage remains a priority under the leadership of His Majesty Sultan Haitham bin Tarik, and the Sultanate continues to demonstrate its commitment to equal access to diagnostics and treatment for entire population, evident in times of recent disease outbreak and the on-going COVID-19 pandemic. 

“Oman is a well-resourced country with strong health system, and I have had the privilege to work closely with highly skilled and thoughtful professionals – who are committed to continuously improving healthcare and making a lasting difference in people’s lives. I believe in Oman’s advancements in public health and consider its models shining examples for innovation and learning to be promoted in the region and globally,” she said.

Dr Akjemal, who is moving to her new assignment as Head of Mission and WHO Representative to Syrian Arab Republic, said, “I carry forward my professional aspiration to continue promoting global health and diplomacy for peace and sustainable development. This connects well with the initiative of Oman – together with Switzerland – to promote Health for Peace globally, the initiative I would be proud to continue contributing to in my new role,” she said.

 

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