MOH Organizes Migrants Health Workshop

The Ministry of Health (MOH) represented

by the Directorate General of Diseases Surveillance & Control in

collaboration with the European Society of Clinical Microbiology and

Infectious Diseases (ESCMID) and the World Health Organization-

Eastern Mediterranean Regional Office (WHO EMRO) organized today

a workshop on Migrants Health under the auspices of Dr. Mohammed

al-Hosani, MOH Undersecretary for Health Affairs at the Crown Plaza


The opening included a speech delivered by Dr. al-Hosani where he

stressed the Ministry’s continuous efforts in improving the delivered

primary, secondary, and tertiary health care. Al Hosani further added

that the Ministry is striving to implement e-Surveillance illustrating that

95% of the Sultanate’s hospitals are paperless which would facilitate

this step. Remarking on this workshop, the Health Affairs

Undersecretary stated that the workshop discusses migrants’ health

whereby the Sultanate undertakes certain mechanisms for expatriate


After that, Dr. Seif bin Salim al-Abri, Director General of Diseases

Surveillance and Control gave a speech in which underlined the

objectives of organizing such workshops in the region. Dr. Al-Abri

stated that the workshop will highlight the initiatives to monitor

migrant’s health, prevent and control communicable and non-

communicable diseases in migrants in GCC and EMRO, and the

impact of migrants on the health system and what is their effect on the

elimination of communicable diseases. It will also discuss the ways on

how countries can establish surveillance and integrated research for

migrants’ health.

The workshop involved more than 140 participants from 28 countries

representing all continents in the world and hosted a number of 27

international technical experts’ speakers.

The three-day workshop will address a wide spectrum of topics that

are related to migrants’ health thus providing the participants with the

latest advances in practice, policies and research through

presentations and roundtable discussions.

Source: Oman News Agency