Four NCDs take nearly 11 lives daily in Oman

December 11, 2018

The four main non-communicable diseases (NCDs) claim about 11 lives every day in Oman, according to the Ministry of Health. Cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, cancers and chronic respiratory diseases are the leading causes of death around the world and Oman.

H E Dr Ali al Hinai, Undersecretary for Planning Affairs in the Ministry of Health (MoH) and chairman of the NCD Strategic Research Programme, recently stated that 36 per cent of total deaths in the sultanate are caused by cardiovascular diseases, followed by cancer accounting for nine per cent of the total deaths.

Additionally, Dr Adhra al Mawali, director of Centre of Studies & Research at MoH and programme director of NCD Strategic Research Programme, has stated that 12.3 per cent Omanis have diabetes and 1,300 new cancer cases are diagnosed annually in Oman.

According to the World Health Organization’s report for 2018, NCDs caused the death of 41mn people around the world.

In line with Oman’s efforts to tackle the situation, H E Dr Ahmed bin Mohammed bin Obaid al Sa’eedi, Minister of Health, presided over the fifth meeting of the National Non-Communicable Diseases Committee 2018 that took place on Monday in the presence of H E Dr Hinai.

The meeting affirmed the importance of increased efforts to tackle the risk factors causing such diseases, including tobacco use, unhealthy food habits and physical inactivity. It underlined the significance of determining the necessary legislations in order to reduce and prevent the exposure of individuals in the community to these risks.

Furthermore, the meeting discussed the phases and challenges related to the integrated operational plan of various sectors in tackling NCDs.
The meeting highlighted key indicators of the Oman National Non-Communicable Diseases and their Risk Factors Survey released last week, which pointed out the increased prevalence rates of diabetes and obesity compared to a 2008 health survey.

At the meeting, a proposal was presented to organise an international conference on NCDs to be held in October next year with the aim of discussing the most crucial challenges and plans relevant to controlling these diseases, along with reviewing the experience of countries that are advanced in this field.