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One-third of total COVID-19 cases in Oman recover

9 May 2020 By SHADDAD AL MUSALMY

Despite Oman reporting 17 COVID-19 deaths, the country’s mortality rate of about 0.5 per cent is one of the lowest in the region and also much lower than several other countries globally, thanks to the efforts of the government and the Royal attention and directives of His Majesty Sultan Haitham bin Tarik. 

With all social distancing measures and restrictions in place, Oman has one of the lowest mortality rates and highest recovery rates in the world. Oman so far has reported 3,224 confirmed cases of coronavirus and a death toll of 17 (death rate of 0.52 per cent).

The recovery rate in Oman is 33.1 per cent, which is also among the best in the world, meaning around one-third of the total infected people have recovered in Oman.

H E Dr Ahmed bin Mohammed al Sa’eedi, Minister of Health said that the Royal attention and directives of His Majesty Sultan Haitham Bin Tarik played a great role in alleviating the negative impacts of the pandemic.

“His Majesty the Sultan is keen on securing the conditions of citizens operating in the health sector and has taken note of public appreciation for the efforts of health workers. The cases of COVID-19 in Oman are on the rise but these numbers in Oman are much less compared to the global levels,” Dr Sa’eedi said.

He went on to express his appreciation for the free health care for all  – Omanis and expatiates – initiative, with regards to COVID-19 as per the directives of His Majesty the Sultan. “COVID-19 tests and treatment is absolutely free for all communities in the sultanate, including expatriates. Oman is dealing with all patients irrespective of their nationalities. The tests and treatment are free for all expatriates,” Dr Saeedi said.

MoH has left no stone unturned to find the best practices to deal with the pandemic. Dr Amal bint Saif al Maani, Director of Department of Infection Prevention and Control, MoH, said that the mechanism of epidemiological investigation or active screening helps in discovering new cases of infection with coronavirus.

“This is better than the first method in which people go for checkups only when they feel they have the symptoms of the disease – which is a slow method of investigation,” she said.

Meanwhile, the nursing group is an integral part of the health system, which represents more than 65 per cent of the health groups and has a significant role in enhancing the quality of the health services at the primary, secondary and tertiary levels.

Dr Jamal al Khadouri, director general of Nursing Affairs in the Ministry of Health, said, “All nursing departments in coordination with the infection control departments have developed an emergency plan that includes quarantine and isolation places. The nursing professionals are intensity involved in the operations management centres across the sultanate.”

He stressed that the nursing staff are not only providing health care but also psychological support for the patients, particularly the elderly to protect them from mental illness, such as anxiety and depressio

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