Salalah: At a crucial meeting involving all the health sector stakeholders, the Ministry of Health (MoH) on Sunday outlined the health work plan for Dhofar Governorate. The ninth five-year plan for health sector (2016-2020), according to a senior official of the MoH, is based on the results and experiences of the previous years. With focus mainly on health and techniques of treatment, the plan has a major shift from other lateral issues. The meeting reflected the MoH 2050 vision and 2040 vision of the Sultanate. “Our ninth plan is patient oriented — services, facilities and techniques and technologies being adopted for the patients. The focus thus would be on primary and tertiary healthcare with stress on better connectivity between public and private partners of the sector,” said Dr Ali Talib al Hanai, Under-Secretary of Planning Affairs at MoH.
The burden of lateral issues would be shared by the other stakeholders in the public and private sectors to ensure prompt, smooth and quality healthcare to all the citizens and residents of the Sultanate.
“Healthcare cannot be and should not be the responsibility only of the government. A proper system of healthcare is possible only with the participation of people, government departments and private sector.
Thus we are working out a plan in which everyone contributes and the ultimate beneficiary is the patient.”
The three-day meeting saw strong participation of 300 functionaries from different sectors and departments. The participants drawn from different governorates of the Sultanate included some Shura members, managers and owners of private hospitals and academics. They were unanimous over the involvement of the community for the betterment of the health services.
A training programme followed by an interactive workshop diluted many doubts of the participants, as they termed this as an effort of the MoH to involve everyone in a community related issue like health.
“It is really important to tell us our role as members of the community. Otherwise the whole effort becomes one-way traffic and we end up complaining only without understanding the right way to get treated and claim services,” said a participant from the Wilayat of Taqah.
Meanwhile, a Visions 2050 document of the MoH laid stress on plans and actions on health services with special focus on primary health care (PHC), tertiary care services and types and construction plans for health facilities.
“It is essential to sustain achievements and further strengthen PHC in the light of the epidemiological transition to non-communicable diseases, aging of the population and the continuous advances in health care technology. The review of health status in the country showed that the health system was able to improve the health of the population continuously over the years,” said the document.
© Oman Daily Observer 2015Sep 2015