Global experts meeting on migrants’ health

MUSCAT: 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), organised on Thursday a workshop on Migrants’ Health under the auspices of Dr Mohammed al Hosani, MoH Under-secretary for Health Affairs.
Dr al Hosani in his opening speech stressed the Ministry’s continuous efforts in improving the delivered primary, secondary and tertiary healthcare. He said the Ministry is striving to implement e-Surveillance, and that 95 per cent of the Sultanate’s hospitals are paperless which would facilitate this step.
Remarking on the workshop, the health affairs under-secretary stated that the workshop discusses migrants’ health whereby the Sultanate undertakes certain mechanisms for expatriate.
Dr Seif bin Salim al Abri, Director General of Diseases Surveillance and Control, in his speech underlined the objectives of organising such workshops in the region. He said 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 and 27 international experts.
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. — ONA