For the sixth consecutive year, the Sultanate of Oman has been awarded a prestigious UN Public Service Award. This year’s honor was presented to the Ministry of Health for its Omani Nurse-Midwife Project at the United Nations Public Service Forum and Awards Ceremony 2014 taking place in Seoul, South Korea.
On the occasion, HE Mohammed bin Salim Al-Harthy, the Sultanate’s Ambassador to South Korea, commented, “We are delighted to have the Sultanate’s name recognized among the international community for its efforts and contribution in providing better health care and public services. We congratulate the Ministry of Health for this international achievement.”
Representing Oman at this year’s Forum is an official delegation headed by Omar bin Salem Al Shanfari, Deputy CEO for Operations at Information Technology Authority (ITA), with the participation of a number of government entities, the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Manpower, along with a number of ITA officials.
Omar bin Salem Al Shanfari, Deputy CEO for Operations at the Information Technology Authority (ITA) also, said, “Although the award is true international recognition of the Sultanate’s efforts towards the eGovernment, we must work even harder to achieve the ultimate proficiency in providing e-government services to citizens.”
The Omani Nurse-Midwife Project provides health services to women before and after pregnancy, as well as helps in reducing many fetal risks, birth repetitions, low fetal weight and other issues of pregnancy. Statistics indicate that health care in the Sultanate has positively contributed to the high rate of birth in Oman’s hospitals to 99% in 2011 compared to 80% in 2006. The Omani Nurse-Midwife Program has also helped in the reduction of maternal mortality of 27.3 to 9.15 in 1991 to 2011 respectively for each 100,000 live births, representing a decrease of more than 42%. Infant mortality rate has decreased to 29 (per 1,000 live births) in 1990 to 5.9 in 2011, which is a decrease of 67%.
The organization of this event arises from the collaboration between the United Nations – Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) and the Government of the Republic of Korea represented by the e-government Authority. More than 700 leaders, policy-makers, high-level official delegations, innovators in the field of e-government, and representatives of international and regional organizations, academia and non-profit organizations and the private sector are participating in the Forum. On the sidelines of the forum were exhibitions and workshops for the winning projects in order to exchange experiences, where the Sultanate’s project was showcased.
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