The Sultanate of Oman is located in the southeast of the Arabian Peninsula, with a population of 4 million and an economy predominantly dependent on oil. The country is one of the most water scarce in the world and climate change is likely to worsen drought and desertification, threaten water security and disrupt agricultural production. Rising temperatures increase the risk of heat-related morbidity and mortality. Furthermore, the incidence and severity of natural disasters, such as the cyclones experienced in recent years, are expected to rise.
MUSCAT - Three Omani students have been found to be infected with H1N1 influenza in the first such outbreak of the pandemic in the Sultanate, the Ministry of Health announced here yesterday. In a statement to Oman News Agency, a ministry official said the students had arrived from the United States, where they are currently studying.
He said the students were tested after the ministry was alerted that other members of the group returning with them from the US had contracted the disease when they arrived in neighbouring GCC countries.
Sultan's Armed Forces, Royal Guard of Oman and Engineering Services of the Defence Ministry continued yesterday to provide relief and assistance to those affected by the recent cyclone. For the whole day, the Royal Army of Oman (RAO) provided land transport for citizens and rations and essential supplies in wilayats of Qurayat and Sur as well as some wilayats of the Governorate of Muscat.
RAO also contributed to rehabilitation of damaged roads to ease the flow of traffic and carried out environment hygiene operations through its medical services in addition to providing ambulances.