The newly appointed WHO Representative to Oman, Dr Jean Yaacoub Jabbour presented his credentials to H E Dr Ahmed Mohammed Obaid al Sa’eedi, Minister of Health, in an official ceremony last week.
At the ceremony, both Dr Jabbour and H E Dr Sa’eedi reiterated their pledges to support the health priorities of the sultanate.
H E Dr Sa’eedi reaffirmed the commitment of Oman’s government to promote Universal Health Coverage, promoting the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda, and to achieving the WHO Triple Billion Targets by 2023.
“It is a great honour for me to be in Oman. I am very enthusiastic about my new position and I am looking forward to working closely with the government and to continue WHO’s commitment to supporting the country’s contribution to the Triple Billion Health and the WHO-Oman Country Cooperation Strategy,” said Dr Jabbour.
He assumed his duty as Acting WHO Representative to Oman on August 4 and was officially assigned as WHO Representative to Oman on September 1.
Before the current assignment, Dr Jabbour served as the WHO Representative in Cairo, Egypt, from April 2016. Prior to that, in July 2012 Dr Jabbour served as WHO Representative to Libya.
Dr Jabbour is a medical epidemiologist and brings significant professional experience in various capacities.
He started his career in WHO as a manager of the Non-communicable Diseases Programme, WHO Country Office, Lebanon. He joined WHO EMRO in 2003 where he held different posts, including Surveillance Officer for Tuberculosis, Medical Officer for Emerging Infections and Regional Adviser for the International Health Regulations (IHR 2005) Programme.
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