MOH to Launch National Plan for NCD Prevention, Control

The Ministry of Health (MOH) will launch

next Sunday the National Plan for the Prevention and Control of Non-

Communicable Diseases (NCD). This was announced by Dr. Ali bin

Talib al-Hinai, MOH’s Undersecretary for Planning Affairs during the

press conference that was held at the Ministry’s HQs today.

He pointed out that NCDs are the real risk and one of the

biggest challenges to the development in the twenty-first century. They

represent the major cause of morbidity and mortality worldly-wise.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), these diseases kill

38 million people annually, half of them are under the age of seventy.

The cardiovascular diseases are the main cause of most deaths

resulting from the NCDs, which causes 17.5 million deaths every year,

followed by the cancers (8.2 million deaths), then the respiratory

diseases (4 million deaths) and diabetes (1.5 million deaths).

He added that in the Sultanate, approximately 72.9% of deaths

are attributed to the NCDs, of which 24.3% are due to the

cardiovascular diseases and hypertension, 7% due to the cancers, and

2.2% due to the diabetes according to statistics in 2016. The physical

inactivity, unhealthy diets, tobacco and alcohol are the main risk

factors, as they increase the risk of death resulting from the NCDs.

Therefore, the Political Declaration of the High-Level General

Assembly Meeting on Prevention and Control of Non-Communicable

Diseases was issued in September 2011. The Declaration called for

strengthening and facilitating the multi-sectoral actions for the

prevention and control of NCDs through the effective partnership

between the country’s institutions, the private sector and the civil

community organisations.

Dr. al-Hinai further said that the Ministry of Health, since a long

time, has promoted the efforts to combat these diseases in its various

institutions. It has introduced the clinics of diabetes, hypertension and

asthma in the primary healthcare institutions, as well as providing all

the necessary medications and laboratory tests. The Ministry has also

launched the early screening national programme for non-

communicable diseases for those over 40-year old in all the primary

healthcare institutions in order to facilitate early diagnosis and provide

the optimal treatment to prevent and reduce complications. In addition,

fully equipped asthma clinics have been established in the health

centres to reduce the acute asthma attacks and facilitate the patient

access to it. In addition, the National Cancer Registry has been

promoted by introducing an advanced electronic monitoring system to

follow-up the cases.

He affirmed that the Ministry is working to control these

diseases by the continuing awareness for all community members

through avoiding the main risk factors and following a healthy lifestyle.

A national policy for NCDs was developed to formulate a multi-

sectoral national plan to combat NCDs. The multi-sectoral national plan

aims at reducing the premature deaths resulting from the non-

communicable diseases by 25% by the year 2025. The plan contains

eight chapters addressing the various aspects of prevention and

control the non-communicable diseases in the Sultanate.

The national plan focuses on combating four main diseases;

cardiovascular diseases, cancer, respiratory diseases and diabetes. In

addition, the plan addresses the main risk factors including lack of

physical activity, unhealthy diet and smoking. Additionally, it will focus

on the awareness and media aspects. All relevant sectors were

involved in developing this plan, which was revised by the WHO team

and has been translated into English.

Source: Oman News Agency