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Control of Infectious Diseases

العربية تحت رعاية صاحب المعالي وزير الصحة المهندس خالد بن عبد العزيز

Control of Infectious Diseases

The Health Ministers gave their full attention to this program in belief of its importance and the importance of continuous coordination among the Council States for control of the spread of infectious diseases.

They issued a number of very important resolutions aiming at control and eradication of such diseases and reducing their spread.

Control of such diseases is based on a lot of procedures, namely early detection of cases, accurate surveillance of the causes, sources of infection, the immediate implementation of preventive procedures, vigilant epidemiologic control, and provision of human and national resources towards advancement of the services provided. A committee was formulated (The Gulf Committee for Control of Infectious Diseases)

 

Achievements

  1. Endorsement of the unified Vaccination Table for the Cooperation Council States to be reviewed and updated on the part of the Gulf Committee for control of infectious diseases.
  2. Holding periodic and extraordinary meetings for the Gulf Committee for control of infectious diseases.
  3. Holding Gulf seminars to keep up the with the most recent world research updates in the field of vaccines.
  4. Establishment of the Gulf Diseases Control Center (CDC), similar to the counterpart scientific world centers.
  5. Successful eradication of poliomyelitis in the Council States and keeping on the polio-free states in the last few year with support of Yemen efforts in implementation of polio vaccination campaigns.
  6. Strengthening systems of surveillance, scientific follow up for the most recent updates of infectious diseases.
  7. Setting a joint Gulf plan out of which national plans were developed in all Council States for early surveillance and effective containment in case of spread of the disease.
  8. Establishment of a website on the internet to help follow up of the most recent updates and information exchange.
  9. Strengthening relations with Arab Education Bureau of the Cooperation Council for the Arab Gulf Countries for control of infectious diseases in schools and educational institutions.
  10. Launching a lot of initiatives to control and prevent infectious diseases, most notably making the peninsula malaria-free, AIDS and tuberculosis-free, as well as elimination of measles and others.

     

    Challenges
  • Spread of diseases and outbreaks which were in the stage of eradication (e.g. poliomyelitis)
  • Appearance of new infectious diseases.
  • Mutation of viruses.

    Future Workplan
  • Support of the establishment of a unified epidemiological surveillance program.
  • Updating the website of the Executive Board to be linked with the counterpart sites of the MoHs in the Council States and international organizations to facilitate exchange of last updates regarding epidemics and infectious diseases.
  • Updating the Gulf plan for control of epidemics.
  • Updating the Vaccination Table.
  • Holding the 5th Gulf symposium to cope with the last updates on vaccination.​