(MENAFN - Muscat Daily) The maternal mortality rate in Oman has dropped from 22 in 1995 to around 17 in 2012 per 100,000 live births, experts said on Tuesday, the second day of the 60th meeting of the ongoing WHO Regional Committee for Eastern Mediterranean.
Oman is also among the six countries in the Eastern Mediterranean region to have brought down the child mortality rate to seven-ten for every 1,000 live births during the year.
Addressing a press conference held at the Shangri-La Barr al Jissah Resort & Spa, H E Ali bin Talib al Hinai, the Undersecretary for Planning Affairs in the Ministry of Health said, ''The annual maternal mortality in Oman has reached around 17 for every 100,000 live births while the average is 250 in the region.''
He said that the sultanate is serious about this issue and is taking efforts to further bring down the rate. ''Mortality rate of children under five years is now 11.5 for every 1,000 live births, which is much below the global rate of 57 for 1,000 live births.''
Dr Abdullah bin Saleh al Saedi, WHO representative in Oman, said that there are still six other countries in the Eastern mediterranean region which are far away from their target. ''Six countries of the Eastern Mediterranean region are still far from achieving the global target,'' he said.
The other issues discussed included the sultanate's achievement in getting rid of trachoma. ''There will be a big celebration and the WHO will give a certificate to Oman for its achievement,'' said Dr Saedi. &nb