15.8 per cent of men in Oman use to­bacco prod­ucts: Sur­vey

Times of Oman - - OMAN -

One of the key stats to come out of the sur­vey was that 15.8 per cent of men in Oman used to­bacco prod­ucts, thereby caus­ing sig­nif­i­cant harm to their health.

In ad­di­tion, while only 6.3 per cent of Oma­nis smoked, the num­ber was far higher among non-Oma­nis, of whom 14.2 per cent ad­mit­ted to us­ing them. Only 0.5 per cent of women in the sur­vey said they used to­bacco prod­ucts.

Some 33 per cent of peo­ple who smoke in Oman have also been ad­vised by their doc­tors to quit smok­ing due to the ad­verse health ef­fects it could have. About twofifths of the pop­u­la­tion (39.6 per cent) ei­ther lacked phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity or didn’t ex­er­cise enough, while only 33.3 per cent of peo­ple suf­fer­ing from high blood pres­sure took med­i­ca­tion.

Al Saidi added, “The im­ple­men­ta­tion of the Na­tional Health Sur­vey of non­com­mu­ni­ca­ble dis­eases and their risk fac­tors, which es­tab­lishes a data­base that is a ref­er­ence for all con­cerned and spe­cial­ists, is pri­mar­ily aimed at build­ing a healthy so­ci­ety that is aware that health is the re­spon­si­bil­ity of each of its mem­bers be­fore it is the re­spon­si­bil­ity of the stake­hold­ers.

In terms of nu­tri­tion, the sur­vey also re­vealed that three-fifths of the pop­u­la­tion (60.7 per cent) didn’t eat enough fruit and veg­eta­bles, while nearly the en­tire pop­u­la­tion also has al­most twice the di­etary salt in­take of five grams a day, with the av­er­age con­sump­tion at around 8.55 grams a day. Some 35.5 per cent of the pop­u­la­tion was found to have raised blood cholesterol, on the ba­sis of the sam­ple sur­vey.

In this con­text, Dr Adhra bint Hi­lal Al Mawali, the Di­rec­tor of the Stud­ies and Re­search Cen­tre at the Min­istry of Health, said, “The na­tional non-com­mu­ni­ca­ble dis­ease surveil­lance sur­vey is a simple and stan­dard method for col­lect­ing, analysing and dis­sem­i­nat­ing data, as pro­to­cols and stan­dard ques­tions al­low coun­tries to use na­tional sur­vey data not only to reg­u­larly mon­i­tor the di­rec­tion of in­di­ca­tors at the na­tional level, and even to com­pare them at the re­gional and in­ter­na­tional lev­els. This sur­vey data is a key indicator used to con­trol and pre­vent NCDs glob­ally.”

“The MoH is launch­ing to­day the most up-to-date and com­pre­hen­sive data on the sta­tus of the NCDs risk fac­tors in the Sul­tanate,” added Dr Ak­je­mal Mag­ty­mova, Oman’s WHO rep­re­sen­ta­tive to the coun­try.

“The step-wise ap­proach to Surveil­lance (STEPS) is a simple, stan­dard­ised method for col­lect­ing, analysing and dis­sem­i­nat­ing data. The STEPS in­for­ma­tion re­lates to key fac­tors, used glob­ally, to pre­vent and con­trol the bur­den of NCDs.”

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