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100% vaccine cover in children against TB

13 Jan 2024 100% vaccine cover in children against TB By OUR CORRESPONDENT

Muscat – Oman is consistently and aggressively conducting vaccination campaigns against various diseases including tuberculosis (TB), chickenpox and measles in children.

According to the National Centre for Statistics and Information (NCSI), the sultanate’s vaccination programme against TB covered 100% of children in 2022.

NCSI’s recently released report has data on the general status of the sultanate’s healthcare system.

Immunisation coverage of children (under one year of age) for chickenpox and two-dose measles vaccine both reached 98.6%, NCSI data showed.

Oman has had remarkable results in ensuring vaccination of pregnant women, too. About 71,000 women received vaccines against whooping cough, tetanus and diphtheria in 2022, compared to 64,000 in 2018.

Abortion rate in the sultanate increased between 2018 and 2022, from 127.1 per 1,000 live births in 2018 to 128.5 per 1,000 live births in 2022.

According to the report, maternal mortality rate marginally increased from 15.1 per 100,000 live births in 2018 to 15.7 deaths per 100,000 live births.

The number of new eye patients diagnosed at secondary and tertiary health institutions in 2022 reached 85,510, while the number of ear patients was 190,563. A total of 108,838 patients with psychological stress and related disorders visited health institutes in 2022.

In the infectious diseases category, Oman recorded 369 cases of pulmonary TB in 2022.

A total of 1,989 people suffered from dengue fever, while 2,860 were treated for chickenpox. Malaria was diagnosed in 259 patients.

According to the NCSI report, 64 people suffered food poisoning and 1,996 had febrile hemorrhagic fever. 

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