UN praise for Oman’s health­care ser­vices

The United Na­tions rep­re­sen­ta­tive has ap­plauded the gov­ern­ment of Oman and Min­istry of Health to be very pro­gres­sive in health­care in gen­eral

Times of Oman - - OMAN - Times News Ser­vice

MUSCAT: Oman’s pro­gres­sive ap­proach to fam­ily health has been ap­plauded by the United Na­tions Pop­u­la­tion Fund, (UNFPA) dur­ing the launch of its an­nual re­port ‘State of World Pop­u­la­tion 2017’.

The re­port high­lights that un­less in­equal­ity is ur­gently tack­led and the poor­est women em­pow­ered to make their own de­ci­sions about their lives, coun­tries could face un­rest and threats to peace and de­vel­op­ment.

The cost of in­equal­ity in re­pro­duc­tive health and rights could threaten the entire global com­mu­nity’s pop­u­la­tion and health goals, the UNFPA re­port states.

“We had a mas­sive ef­fort to col­lect data from our of­fices every year to bring out this re­port.

“I must praise the gov­ern­ment of Oman and Min­istry of Health to be very pro­gres­sive in all as­pects re­pro­duc­tive health and health in gen­eral.

“Oman has been cited so many times as a show­case ac­tu­ally by other or­gan­i­sa­tions for health ser­vices qual­ity and gov­er­nance,” Asr To­son, Rep­re­sen­ta­tive from the UNFPA sub-re­gional of­fice for GCC said.

“It is im­por­tant. Fail­ure to pro­vide re­pro­duc­tive health ser­vices, in­clud­ing fam­ily plan­ning, to the poor­est women can weaken economies and sab­o­tage progress to­wards the num­ber one sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment goal, to elim­i­nate poverty. Eco­nomic in­equal­ity re­in­forces and is re­in­forced by other in­equal­i­ties, in­clud­ing those in women’s health, where only a priv­i­leged few are able to con­trol their fer­til­ity, and, as a re­sult, can de­velop skills, en­ter the paid labour force and gain eco­nomic power,” said To­son.

“Coun­tries that want to tackle eco­nomic in­equal­ity can start by tack­ling other in­equal­i­ties, such as in re­pro­duc­tive health and rights, and tear­ing down so­cial, in­sti­tu­tional and other ob­sta­cles that pre­vent women from re­al­is­ing their full po­ten­tial,” To­son said.

Speak­ing about GCC coun­tries, he added that although the prob­lem is not acute in the re­gion, is­sues re­lated to in­equal­ity per­sists.

“There are in­equal­i­ties in salaries, re­cruit­ment, etc. It isn’t a huge is­sue here but there are things that can im­prove. There can be longer ma­ter­nity leave, aware­ness and pro­mo­tion of re­pro­duc­tive health for ev­ery­one in­clud­ing the poor­est in the so­ci­ety.”

To­son added that GCC coun­tries and de­vel­oped na­tions must help the poorer coun­tries in terms of over­com­ing this in­equal­ity through both fi­nan­cial and tech­ni­cal aid.

The UNFPA strat­egy will be a four year plan start­ing from 2018 go­ing on un­til 2022 And aims to com­bat eco­nomic, health and rights in­equal­ity.”

UNFPA is the lead UN agency for de­liv­er­ing a world where every preg­nancy is wanted, every child­birth is safe and every young per­son’s po­ten­tial is ful­filled.

UNFPA reaches mil­lions of women and young peo­ple in 155 coun­tries and ter­ri­to­ries.

SHOW­CASE: Oman has been cited as a show­case by other or­gan­i­sa­tions for health ser­vices qual­ity and gov­er­nance.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Oman

© PressReader. All rights reserved.