Oman’s Health Minister charts path for improved, unified healthcare

MUSCAT : The discussions centered on prioritizing comprehensive access to health services in alignment with international standards and principles, while also focusing on enhancing health promotion, prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation initiatives.

The Minister also revealed key health indicators for Oman, shedding light on the average healthy life expectancy and prevalent non-communicable diseases affecting the population.

According to estimates from the World Health Organization (WHO), the average healthy life expectancy for Oman stands at 64.7 years. However, the government has set an ambitious target to raise this figure to 70 years by the year 2024, reflecting its commitment to improving overall population health and well-being.

Highlighting the most common non-communicable diseases in Oman, Dr. Al Sabti identified diabetes, high blood pressure disease, and various forms of cancer, including breast cancer, thyroid cancer, colon, and rectum cancers. The Minister underscored the need for targeted interventions to address these health challenges and enhance healthcare outcomes across the nation.

Under the banner of ‘Partnership for Better Health’, H.E. Dr. Al Sabti emphasized the importance of collaboration between various stakeholders to tackle the rising burden of chronic diseases, particularly as the proportion of elderly individuals increases in the population.

Addressing structural reforms within the healthcare system, Dr. Al Sabti revealed plans to close some health institutions, especially in the Muscat Governorate, due to inefficiency and inadequate quality standards.

Additionally, Health Ministry’s legal advisor highlighted the establishment of the University Medical City with legal, financial, and administrative independence, signaling a significant step toward advancing healthcare services in Oman.

He further emphasized the importance of decentralization in the health sector, not only in decision-making but also in service delivery, reflecting ongoing efforts to improve accessibility and efficiency within Oman’s healthcare system.

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