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Two-day forum highlights challenges of health sector

3 Jan 2024 Two-day forum highlights challenges of health sector By OUR CORRESPONDENT

Muscat – To overcome the challenges faced by the health sector, the Ministry of Health (MoH) held the fourth edition of Health Leaders Forum themed ‘Sustainability’ at Radisson Blue Hotel in Suhar on Wednesday.

H E Dr Hilal Ali al Sabti, Minister of Health, presided over the forum, which saw the participation of MoH undersecretaries, director generals of health services, and hospital and department heads.

The objective of this two-day meeting is to review the health system in the country, follow up on projects and challenges facing the health sector and propose solutions.

At the beginning of the forum, H E Dr Sabti highlighted the importance of enhancing cooperation and joint efforts, listening to different points of view, and presenting initiatives that develop the health sector.

The minister affirmed MoH’s endeavour to overcome challenges faced by the health sector by establishing databases and intervening in situations requiring its mandate.

H E Dr Sabti reviewed and followed up reports and projects that have been completed and others currently in progress, including the national electronic registry for diabetes patients, a decentralisation project to streamline administrative procedures, a project to improve human resources governance, a smart budget project, the Imdaad project, the Nujadid initiative, and the standards of human resources needs project.

H E Dr Hilal Ali al Sabti, Minister of Health

H E Dr Sabti stressed the importance of enhancing integration in specialised services to ensure delivery of services and better cooperation between governorates.

The minister touched on the optimal use of the National Digital Health Strategy by increasing effectiveness of information technology to develop the health sector, and the need of developing human resources in order to improve performance and competitive capabilities.

According to the minister, encouraging innovation helps develop work in the health sector. Introducing modern technologies in the health sector will help keep pace with changes in the world.

A workshop on Innovation and Design Thinking was conducted on the first day of the forum that aimed at strengthening health leaders with key thinking skills, problem-solving processes, and decision-making using design thinking and innovation strategies.

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