Oman has secured another major medical meeting, winning a four-way bid to host the 2019 SICOT (International Society of Orthopaedic Surgery and Traumatology) Orthopaedic World Congress.
The annual congress is expected to bring some 3,000 leading surgeons, clinicians and researchers from all over the world to Oman for scientific papers and lectures on the latest orthopaedic concepts and surgical treatment methods. It is the first time the Sultanate has bid for the event, beating Budapest, Brussels, and Belgrade for the hosting rights.
The move is in line with Oman’s new government health policy, ‘Health Vision 2050’, which underlines the importance of the healthcare sector in the Sultanate’s growth. This political will is partnered with high levels of investment in facilities, research and development and training in healthcare in Oman. The medical sector aims to encourage international conferences, both for the educational benefits of medical personnel in Oman, and to help recruit more medical experts to live and work or teach in the Sultanate.
The Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre (OCEC) in Muscat will host the SICOT meeting in association with the Pan Arab Orthopaedic Association. The bid was supported by the Ministry of Health, including a video from Minister of Health Dr Ahmed Bin Mohammed Al Saidi, as well as the OCEC and the Oman Convention Bureau.
Mohammed Darwish, President of the Pan Arab Orthopaedic Association, said: “We look forward to warmly welcoming our international colleagues from around the world, showcasing our recent regional research developments and industry insights within orthopaedics and traumatology. We’re excited to meet with medical stakeholders to exchange valuable ideas and strengthen our scientific skills and knowledge. Oman’s submission through the Pan Arab Orthopaedic Society’s collaboration with OCEC provides a truly unique offering for what will be an exceptional congress.”
Professor Jochen Eulert, SICOT Secretary General, added: “I personally visited Oman during the bid process and believe the delegates will enjoy experiencing the rich authentic heritage and culture that Oman has to offer.”
Oman was recently awarded both the Fourth IOF Regionals Middle East & Africa Osteoporosis Meeting in 2017 and the Sixth IOF Regionals MEA event in 2021 in recognition of its growing reputation as a medical hub.
Major new medical infrastructure developments in the Sultanate include the Sultan Qaboos Medical City, a complex of five major hospitals supported by a dedicated imaging centre and laboratory facilities to provide top-level research and clinical care services. A further three hospitals are also planned for construction in Muscat. The formation of the Oman Medical Speciality Board, which sets quality standards for medical education and training, has accelerated growth in Oman’s medical knowledge base; while the Oman Medical Association now has 20 sub-speciality societies active in global industry.
(via Times of Oman and AMI)
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