Majlis A Shura Hosts Health Minister

Muscat, The Health and Environment Committee

in Majlis A’Shura hosted today Dr. Ahmed bin Mohammed al- Saeedi,

Minister of Health, to discuss a number of topics related to the health

sector in the Sultanate.

The meeting was held in the presence of Khalid bin Hilal al-

Ma’awali, Chairman of Majlis A’Shura, Mohammed bin Abubaker al-

Ghassani, Deputy Chairman, Ali bin Khalfan al- Qutaiti, Chairman of

the Health and Environment Committee, members of the Committee

and a number of Majlis A’Shura’s members.

The meeting was attended by Sheikh Dr. Ali bin Talib al- Hinai,

Undersecretary of the Ministry for Planning Affairs, Dr. Mohammed bin

Saif al- Hosani, Undersecretary of the Ministry for Health Affairs and

Sayyid Dr. Sultan bin Yarub al- Busaidi, Health Affairs Advisor at the

Ministry.

The discussions of the Health Committee focused on several axes,

including: the plan of the Ministry of Health in the Omanisation and

replacement in health jobs during the next five years, health insurance,

as well as the financial deficit and the reasons for the low budget of the

Ministry of Health and its impact on health services, in addition to

health investment and its role in the development of the private sector.

It also discussed the implications of raising the fees for services in

the private and public health sector, as well as the importance of

providing specialized health care (level-3) in the various governorates,

in addition to the ministry’s position on the declared health projects that

have not been implemented or are planned to be implemented.

During the meeting, the health minister highlighted the Ministry’s

efforts in recent years and the most important achievements at the

international and local levels. He said that despite the difficulties in

funding and budgets faced by the health sector in recent years, the

Sultanate has been able to maintain its position among the countries of

the world in the field of health systems effectiveness.

For their part, the members raised a number of queries and

interventions focused on various aspects of the health system,

including: Omanisation and replacement in the health sector and the

situation of job seekers and their employment in health institutions in

the public and private sectors.

The Minister of Health pointed out that all Omani graduates from

medicines colleges have been either employed or trained, stressing

that the ministry absorbs all medical outputs and provide them with

various training programs. He stressed that Omanisation rate among

consultants is 64%, Omani doctors in health sector is 39% while the

number of expatriates reached 61%.

During the session, extensive discussions were held on various

health issues, including the demand to strengthen medical services in

the various governorates of the Sultanate and to review the fees

imposed on some health services in private health institutions.

The members of Majlis A’Shura appealed to the ministry to intensify

the control of the standardization of the purchase of medicines in all

health institutions in the Sultanate, and to monitor the quality of

medications that are prescribed in various public and private health

institutions.

Source: Oman News Agency