MoH conducts national survey of nutrition

MUSCAT: An official source from the Ministry of Health said that the Nutrition Department in collaboration with the Studies and Researches Centre is currently conducting the national survey of nutrition in all governorates of the Sultanate. A trained team started visiting some of selected houses from each governorate. The survey aims at studying the food habits in the community. In addition to figuring out the reasons of some diseases related to nutrition, such as anaemia and vitamins deficiencies in some micronutrients.

The survey targets children under five-year and women in reproductive age (15-49).  The health team (which consists of health inspector, nurses, health educators and dietitians and having an official identity cards from the Ministry of Health) is visiting the houses and fill in the three questionnaires; family questionnaire, woman questionnaire and children under five-year questionnaire. The source called upon the selected families to cooperate with the team and fill in the questionnaires, as well as allowing them to take the required measurements and blood samples. — ONA