The Ministry of Health (MoH) on Tuesday launched its Tenth Five-Year Plan along with a set ofstrategic plans for the health sector during a virtual meeting held under the auspices of H E Dr Ahmed bin Mohammed al Sa’eedi, Minister of Health, in the presence other dignitaries including Unicef and the World Health Organization representatives.
The Tenth Five-Year Plan for Health Development (2021-25) and the Health Sector Strategic Plans allow for far-reaching development and planning in Oman’s health system, said a ministry statement.
‘Health is a national priority in Oman Vision 2040,’ the ministry said, highlighting that priority in the vision statement was given to ‘more comprehensive services aiming at achieving health for all, and better care and quality by collaborating with other health sectors and stakeholders’.
Keeping in view the global agreement towards achieving universal health coverage and the results and recommendations of the evaluation of the Ninth Five-Year Health Plan (2016-20), the tenth health development plan has been based on Oman Vision 2040, the Health Vision 2050, and the sustainable development goals (SDGs), in addition to the World Health Organization’s work programme, the Political Declaration of the United Nations General Assembly on the Prevention and Control of Non-Communicable Diseases, as well Salalah Declaration on UHC 2030, it added.
The implementation of the latest development plan of the ministry will be ‘supported by its organisational structure and the commitment of the directorate generals to obtain the best indicators locally and globally to contribute to the advancement of health services in the sultanate’, the MoH statement added.
The ministry believes that with the availability of an operational budget that may ensure funding of innovations and research in the health sector, and with the systematic utilisation of its resources, ‘the engagement of partners in all sectors would definitely contribute to the success of this plan’.
The plan consists of five strategic objectives. Key priority initiatives and expected results will be carried out by the ministry, including the central directorates and directorates in the governorates, according to the levels of implementation. It is empowered by qualified national competencies to provide high quality services, an advanced information system, and sophisticated systems and devices, the ministry said.
Training and meetings regarding the development of the Tenth Five-Year Plan for health development and strategic programmes at the central level and at the level of operational plans for the governorates were carried out virtually given the exceptional situation during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The virtual event was attended by Director Generals of Health Services as well senior officials from the Ministry of Economy.
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